IiNkwenkwezi eziPhahlileyo (The Stars Beside) – Cape Town, South Africa - Atlas Obscura
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IiNkwenkwezi eziPhahlileyo (The Stars Beside)

Many generations ago, it was said that one could find celestial splendor in a lush meadow not far from this very marker according to the lore of Kcymaerxthaere. 


Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe. For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios acted as our first ever Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations continue to be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

Imagine this place many years jefret (that’s a word from the parallel world of Kcymaerxthaere that means “sideways in time”) and it was a lush meadow that held a great beauty.

And in our world, DO call ahead for directions to be sure they are open.  You will want to park in their parking lot in front of the striking building that is the home of the Novalis Ubuntu Institute

The story here reminds us of both the power of the Umbrasphaere to absorb light, but also of the way the many dimensions of the xthaere allows a different kind of proximity than many are used to. The extraordinary nebula, Bepela, would normally have been staggeringly bright for all passers-by, but the Umbrasphaere, which is the connection between all the shadows on the planet, and where the darkest part of one shadow is related to the darkest part of the next. And, of course, it was so wonderful that something far bigger than the Earth could be concealed in a grassy field on its surface.

Know Before You Go

It is in front of the Novalis Ubuntu Institute, visible from their parking lot.39 Rosmead Avenue, (between Wetton and Ottery Rd), Wynberg 7800, South AfricaAnd, as always, please be respectful of the guard at the parking lot. We sure appreciate Novalis Ubuntu honoring their Kcymaerxthaereal Heritage.

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