Monday, December 13, 2010
A lot of the cave churches were walled in and turned into pigeon houses. Back in the day before chemical fertilisers, pigeon poop was being used to fertilise the crops. Christians would never turn their churches into pigeon houses. The pigeons live in these caves and every year, someone would climb into them to collect the poop. There were a lot of pigeons then. The skies would be darkened when one should clap in the valleys, the pigeons would all fly out and the skies would turn dark. We did clap when we hiked in those valleys but only a handful of pigeons were seen flying. Today we still see the pigeon houses but no one collects pigeon poop any more.