The legendary hero of the Hottentots, Heitsi-Eibib was the son of a cow and some miraculous grass the cow had eaten. He was a great magician, a superb fighter, and the patron of hunters. Only he could rid the Hottentots of the monstrous Ga-gorib, who used to reside by a great pit and dare strangers to throw rocks at him, which always rebounded on the thrower, who then fell into the pit. Heitsi-Eibib defeated him by waiting until the monster was looking away, throwing a stone that struck him under the ear, and Ga-gorib fell into the pit. Heitsi-Eibib is said to have been killed on numerous occasions, resurrecting himself to come to the aid of his people.