Devil’s Bath

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jun 29 2014

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Category: New Zealand, Oceania

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Devil’s Home, Devil’s Ink Pots, ….. the mineral deposits at the surface of the collapsed craters and in the hot water of the crater lakes often seem to evoke images associated with the devil. So here we have what is popularly called the Devil’s Bath.

Has the little lake got its fluorescent green colour because it is supposed to be the favourite bathing spot of the devil, or does it owe its name to the belief that only a devil would survive a bath in a bilious pool like this?

Speaking about the devil, the whitish and yellowish shore could then be associated with the colours of the flag of the Catholic Church, that traditionally has impregnated – and frightened – its followers with the belief in the existence of a devil.

DSC00229d(c) Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland - Devil's bath - blogsize

Be all that as it may, I don’t feel any urge to descend into this crater lake, whose green and yellow colours are the result of an abundant presence of sulphur and ferrous salt.

Photos of the week: Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland – Devil’s Bath, New Zealand 2013

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