Mati Mati

In the Bonaire mythology Mati Mati means a big hole high up in the ceiling of the cave through which you see the heavens and a mysterious Star, where the Great Spirit comes from. At the end of each year the star shines through this hole and revives the dying forces of the earth. When you look straight up in the cave of Mati Mati you will see the hole where the rays of the Christmas star shines through. There often were Christmas services and Nativity performances under this cave. The Kunuku owner covered the hole with a rock during most of the year to save his goats from falling through. It is a tradition to uncover the hole at Christmas time.