29 Feb The mystery of the underground folk
Legends and myths have commonly viewed as work of fiction, superstition, or fantasy. However, many have theorized that myths were, in fact, a way for people to explain real—and perhaps baffling — events using the knowledge and beliefs of their time.
One of those myths is known as the Tannhauser tale, and a similar event will occur later on in the Maier Files, and may have some truth to it after all? Truth is mostly stranger than fiction!
According to the story, Tannhauser, came across a mountain, with an underground cave; the home of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. When Venus agreed to let him return to the world, he went to Rome to ask Pope Urban IV to forgive him for making love to the pagan goddess. However, Urban said that Tannhauser could no more be forgiven than the pope’s wooden staff could produce fresh flowers. Three days later, the staff began to blossom, and Urban, realizing his mistake, sent messengers to find Tannhauser. However, denied forgiveness, Tannhauser had already returned to the mountain to spend the rest of his days with Venus.
The story of Tannhauser is a very ancient myth, which is Christianized. It is a widespread tradition scattered over Europe and existing in various forms. There are at least three mountains of Venus in Germany. The root of all forms of the story is this:
The underground folk seek union with human beings.
1. A man is enticed into their abode, where he unites with a woman of the underground race.
2. He desires to revisit the earth, and escapes.
3. He returns to the region below.
It appears in most of the Nordic tales, and examples could be quoted from, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Scots and other collections of popular tales. There is scarcely a collection of folk-lore which does not contain this root.