That is a great statement, Pachipro. While I basically agree with you in spirit, I could also mention that Sigmund Freud, Karl Jung, and certain structuralists share your ideas. Very much like the legend of the Illiad lead to the excavation of Troy, and the tale of Minos, Minotauros, and the Labyrinth lead to the discovery of Minoan Crete culture. The House of Cadmos Trilogy by Sophocles (Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone) and by Aeschylos (The Seven against Thebes,..,..) record dramatised, polished up versions of Theban legends that provide clues to ancient Theban history, and also into Egyptian history, acc. to Immanuel Velikovsky's Oedipus and Akhnaton (1960).Pachipro said:Personally, I feel that, after reading numerous books by credible authors, ALL myths and legends are based on actual happenings.
den4 said:One creepy myth I once saw on one of them animated mukashi banashi tales told the story of a traveler that seeks shelter in a house in the mountainous woods, far off the beaten path, when he was trying to get out of rough weather.
Excellent observation, Keoland. I was also reminded, by your mentioning, when "bad weather starts, one should avoid looking for shelter at all costs," that the creatures would also need shelter form the storm, which would drive both traveller and creature to a common ground, the haunted house. And both kinds are hungry. You eat them, or they eat you. Just a minor point of biological need.Keoland said:After careful analysis, it seems to me that, if one is a traveler and bad weather starts, one should avoid looking for shelter at all costs, as all cultures agree that horrid things happen to travelers who seek shelter from the weather.