The Legend of Orpheus
Orpheus was considered one of the greatest poets and musicians of antiquity, and is still a symbol of the art of music. By dint of his music and singing, he could charm the wild beasts, coax the trees and rocks into dance, even arrest the course of rivers.
The best known Orpheus myth is about his love to Eurydice, described in several musical masterpieces. When Orpheus' wife, Eurydice, was killed by snake bite. He went to the underworld through the Devil's throat cave (*located in Western Rhodope mountains) to bring her back. Fascinated by the beauty of his music the god of the underworld - Hades, allowed Eurydice to return to the world of the living. Although warned against looking back, he did so anyway and she drown forever back in the underworld kingdom.
He lost interest in women after that event, but they did not lose interest in him. Thus, a group of angry Thracian women attacked him with their bare hands, and tore him to pieces. Orpheus' head floated down the Hebros river (*today Maritza river), still singing, and came to rest on the isle of Lesbos.
Devil’s Throat Cave is located in the Western Rhodopes, 17 km from the city of Devin. It is among those caves that do not offer dazzlingly exquisite rock formations. What entrances visitors is the possibility of embarking on a real journey of discovery, partaking of a mysterious and awe-inspiring underground kingdom.
It is an arresting fact that nothing carried into The Devil’s Mouth Cave by the river emerges from it. Many attempts have been made to track pieces of wood and other material through the cave, but they all vanish without a trace on the underground river, arousing curiosity and tantalizing the imagination.
The best time to visit is in late spring and summer, when the entrance to the cave is surrounded by invigorating greenery and the Rhodopes are most inviting.