There’s a wall running along Sher Darwaza Mountain that’s hard to miss from almost anywhere in Kabul. It appears big from a distance, but I understand it’s HUGE close-up…something like 7m high and 4m thick. It was built by Zanbilak Shah, the last King of Kabul-Shahan , as protection from invaders during one of the innumerable wars that swept Afghanistan during the 5th century (as I’ve mentioned before, Afghanistan is timeless…and not necessarily in a good way).
Zanbilak had all the men of the city working on the wall 24/7, almost as slaves, and the project was utterly grinding the people into the ground. Legend has it that one day a couple was married in Kabul, but Zanbilak wouldn’t allow them their wedding night because the husband had to work on the wall. Well the new bride, mightily ticked off, went up to the wall to confront Zanbilak. In her anger, she ended up throwing a rock at him, knocking him down. All the men were shamed–if a woman would dare to take on the king, there was no way they were going to put up with the oppression. So they rioted. And then, after the riot, they built one last bit of wall.
Zanbilak remains buried under that section today.
Bottom line: Not sure Zanbilak’s Wall would work as a bedtime story in America. But it does in Afghanistan.