Phew, I'd have been puzzling on that one all night.
Originally posted by woodwytch
I found your account really interesting ... when you say that the gypsy guy and the older residents were reluctant to divulge details of the 'weird' stuff that they would only touch on ... it sounds as if this is a bit of a 'hotspot'
the magic mountain
There are many accounts of accesses to this underground empire. One finds these legends in French provinces like the High Loire (Pradelles), Ariège (Miglos), the Pilat (Annonay), the Ardeche (St Pierreville) the Maritime Alps (Falicon), Provence (the plate of Clansaye, Baux of Provence), etc., to only quote the best known.
Though details and aspects may differ, in essence, each story follows the same structure. Normally, it is an animal or a small child that falls in the opening and is found again, sometimes days later, in perfect health. But if this befalls children, it turns out they have no memory of their adventure. Sometimes, the missing person is an adult – a hunter, a shepherd, a poacher and in one case even a magistrate – who is discovered after a missing period of time. His beard has grown, but he has no memory of what happened to him. Two accounts speak of two men who had undergone this trial, returning with entirely bleached hair! Also, the people who stumbled into the darkness of the underground were never equipped with lighting, but somehow managed to move in this darkness, even being able to find an exit. Sometimes, the entrance is said to be guarded by a creature; sometimes, it is said that there are phenomenal treasures about… finally, there is often a story present of a gigantic underground lake, or of major rivers feeding them. But it seems that they are possible to be traversed, even to follow them, without knowing where they might go.
i didn't know that but i don't mind if it is, i like those slightly weird stories and the fact that it may or may not be true doesn't really detract from it for me. you'll probably know better than me but i suspect late 19th century records were patchy at the best of times, so it wouldn't surprise me if the story was false or if the family hadn't been recorded. either way these things clearly happen and i suspect, at worst, the story is based in truth.
i took a look at your blog,love it, its right up my street so i've added it to my regular reading list, thanks for that.
Originally posted by leapoffaith
I noticed I made another mistake: the event took place after midnight so it was the 10th of august 1993.
(9 august is my husbands birthday, we had dinner and went to the bar afterwards)