Christian group wants Devil's Peak renamed

2014-06-09 13:51

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Cape Town - A group of prominent Cape Town Christians are unhappy that a mountain at the centre of the city is named after the devil. reports the group met with the Western Cape Provincial Geographical Names Committee (WCPGNC) at the end of May to propose its renaming and quotes biblical scriptures as the motivation for wanting a name with a more positive influence. 

The group reportedly wants “Cape Town liberated from the demonic name" and believes “renaming the mountain would set a precedent for peace within the city”. 

If you’re unsure which mountain is Devil's Peak, it is the one to the left when facing one of the World’s seven Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain.

It is also often covered in a billow of clouds on a windy Cape Town day. To some this is nothing but geography with a bit of weather tossed on top but for others it forms the basis of one of South Africa’s most famous myths and legends.

Centred around a retired Dutch pirate, Jan van Hunks was an avid pipe smoker who apparently took on the devil back in the 1700s in a pipe-smoking showdown - causing the cloud now famously known as the Table Cloth.

Wikipedia states Devil's Peak was originally known as Winderg or Charles Mountain. Alternative names offered by the group include reverting back to the original name of Dove’s Peak.

Wikipedia claims Devil’s Peak is "also a corruption of the original Dutch version Duifespiek ("Dove's Peak") to Duiwelspiek ("Devil's Peak").

This recent submission to the WCPGNC is not the first attempt by the group to get the name changed. A letter had previously been sent to President Nelson Mandela in 1996 requesting a name change and a formal application under the banner of Transformation Africa in 2012 was also submitted.

The campaign is set for a public launch in July. 

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