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Chapter 1 - Belakane  In Syria, long before the Holy Wars, lived king Gandin (Gandein) of Anschau (Anjou) whose ancestral home was faraway France. Gandin had a son named Gahmuret, a bold and adventurous knight who feared no adversary, but excelled especially in wooing women and avoiding penance for his lustful ways. When Gandin died in combat, Gahmuret refused his entitlement...

“The Goose Girl or die Gänsemagd" In variations, this story can be found in nearly all European countries, as well as on other continents. Mysteries are conveyed in symbols as in Maier files there are plenty. Symbols can be decoded only by those initiated into the state of mind whereby their content becomes obvious, their intentions clear to the enlightened intuition....

Meister Eckhart (the thirtheenth-century German mystic) once said, "if you fight your death, you'll feel the demons tearing away your life, but, if you have the right attitude to death, you will be able to see that the devils are really angels setting your spirit free. In the ancient religions, the being who guides the human spirit through the underworld...

A backstory that will in the long run be significant to the story of Rolf Dietrich and Maier files as the answer is the Apocalypse, revealing the hidden. It had long been a staple of Christian apocalyptic beliefs that before the almighty finally wound up the scroll of the created—and fallen—universe, there would be a fabulous golden age, sometimes called the...

An enigmatic depiction of the golden fleece quest: an Athenian Red-figure cup discovered in 1834 and attributed to the Athenian painter Douris (c. 480 BC) shows in its interior the goddess Athena who watches as a huge serpent disgorges a man, alive. Behind them is a tree with a ram’s skin in its branches. These clues assure us that the...

Martinmas Have a nice Saint Martin's Day! November was to the ancient Celts and Teutons an important month and round Martinmas (November 11) popular customs seem to cluster thickly. In Silesia when it snows at Martinmas, they say that Saint Martin is coming on his white steed, it might be noticed also the "Schimmelreiter" (The Rider on the White Horse) shows up at...

At first sight, you may have thought Maier files is just a comic, think again! The universe is as it is whether we like it or not. The sole question is, when proof shows the world out of accord with cherished beliefs, will we be humble enough to simply accept it? Somewhere behind all the myths and all legends there is an...