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Ros leskalye (The Port Launay Steps)

Many visitors, and Seychellois alike, have always been fascinated over the years by the famous “Ros Leskalye” at Port Launay.

To some sceptics, the “unusual steps”, which appear to have been carved in the rocks, have been caused by erosion.

As the streams flowing down from the luxurious mountain tops met the ocean over the huge granite boulders they would have worked wonders!

Historians tell us, however, that more than 3000 years ago many navigators crossed our ocean. Many attribute the presence of trees such as the breadfruit and the filaos (“sed”) as a testimony of their passage.

To many, the Phoenicians are the ones who carved these steps at Port Launay for religious reasons…….

“……..the bold voyages…….are thought to have fanned out from an area near the Bay of Bengal as long ago as 200 or 300 B.C. Apart from their main migration route along the coast of Sumatra, then eastwards through the Indies, into the Pacific, the Polynesians are almost certain to have essayed journeys south into the Indian Ocean. Whether they reached Seychelles will always be a matter for speculation……

 

The Polynesians migrated from the northern hemisphere to the south by island hopping—sailing distances of 1,000 miles or more in canoes until they struck land. Some were lost in storms, some died of privation. Navigation relied often on flights of migratory birds. And when the craft were thought to be near land, birds were sent aloft ad followed as they headed off, as Noah in the Ark followed the dove. When they reached an island, the Polynesians rested and planted seeds they had brought with them, staying long enough to reap the crops before moving on. To reach Madagascar, they would almost certainly have had to rest in the Maldives and Seychelles (Thomas 1968:14)

Several other “footsteps” are found on rocks around our islands and our old folks affectionately call them “Lepa Zean”!

Source : Virtual Seychelles

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