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Originally posted by BlueOrb
Slightly amusing, and not particularly relevant to the Untersberg, but just goes to show that even 28000 years ago, people in Germany were living in caves within the mountains.
Really? Where did you get those definitions from?
Add to this, the fact that there are various schools of thought as to what constitutes the Holy Grail - a chalice of precious metal? Wood? Or.....a STONE??? (Grail comes from the ancient persian-arabic word "Ghral"meaning Holy Stone).
Kralj Matjaž is a legendary hero in Slovenia, possibly based on a real life king Matthias Corvinus of Hungary. The legend says that he is asleep under the mountain Peca in the Alps. When his beard grows nine times around the stone table, he shall awake and bring a golden era to Slovenes.
King Matjaž was a good king. Everyone that came was welcome and King Matjaž was ready to help. He also gave to coin his money. In his time there were gold times for Carinthia. But other kings were very envious of his power so they united their armies against him. With only a hundred of his surviving soldiers he had to hide in a cave that opened under Peca. The cave hid them from the enemies. In the cave Matjaž sat at a table, the others around him and they fell asleep. The legend says that when his beard has grown nine times around the table he will wake up. At the same time a linden tree will grow in front of his cave in middle of the winter. From midnight till one in the morning it will blossom then it will wither. At this time King Matjaž will come out of his cave and defeat all his enemies, banish away injustice and again reign the Slovenes. This is how there will again be golden times in Carinthia.
(Grail comes from the ancient persian-arabic word "Ghral"meaning Holy Stone).
Consider, also, that the great European philosophers of the middle ages all claimed to have gotten their knowledge from an Arabian source.
And the fact that they really had made many important studies in medicine, agriculture and engineering, besides having great writers and poets.
Originally posted by Vanitas
But the main reason the Arabic/Muslim literary culture was so popular in certain periods of the so-called Middle Ages was the fact that not only they had incredible public libraries, but Aristotle's works - the originals having been lost - were relayed to the West exclusively through the work of Arab translators.