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Sof Omar limestone cave system

Sof Omar limestone cave system

From the submission to UNESCO (it is on the tentative list to be included as a UNESCO site):

"Holqa Sof Omar: is one of the most spectacular and extensive underground caverns in the world: the Sof Omar cave system. Formed by the Weib/Weyib River as it changed its course in the distant past and carved a new channel through limestone foothills, the Sof Omar cave system is an extraordinary natural phenomenon of breathtaking beauty.

Here the Weib River vanishes into this giant underground world with its arched portals, high eroded ceilings, and deep, vaulted echoing chambers. These caves, now an important Islamic shrine named after the saintly Sheik Sof Omar Ahmed, who took refuge here many centuries ago (around early 11th century AD), have a religious history that predates the arrival of the Muslims in Bale.

The traditional belief of this part of Africa revolved around spirit worship and ghost cults in which the most powerful supernatural beings were believed to attach themselves to age-old trees, boulder and rocks, and inhabit caves which became places of veneration where prayers were offered up and sacrifices made."

More: see whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5651/

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Photo taken on 8 January 2015 (© 10b travelling / Carsten ten Brink / Flickr)

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