Ori­gins

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION -

One man’s proof is an­other’s fic­tion, even though ev­i­dence once thought un­ten­able comes to light.

For in­stance, an­thro­pol­o­gists dis­cov­ered a cave in Wales (Eng­land) full of a race of small peo­ple, their bones per­fectly pro­por­tional, their height be­tween 20 and 25 inches. A Scots­man pal some years ago showed me a poem en­ti­tled ‘‘The King un­der the hill’’. He said that his kin be­lieved that the folk un­der the hill were the Auld ones, the Faerie Folk.

Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle be­lieved that Eng­land (as well as ev­ery coun­try) was hol­low and if one were to strike a gong in the cav­erns of Lands End, the sound would travel to John O’Groats - in Scot­land.

Tales of folk liv­ing in­side the earth are not new. A Samoan I worked with told me that as a school­boy, he and all his class­mates were taken to a nearby island and shown a cave that went un­der the sea. He and his class­mates were told that their an­ces­tors were able to walk great dis­tances to other coun­tries and that there was food to eat and some kind of national light to guide them.

He saw for him­self that the cav­erns were lighted.

An ac­count by a Por­tuguese po­lice of­fi­cer years ago stated that two chil­dren found wan­der­ing, a boy and a girl, were taken to the lo­cal hos­pi­tal. The kids were green in colour. The boy died but the girl lived, even­tu­ally be­ing able to tell the au­thor­i­ties that she and her brother had lived in­side the earth.

They had got lost and emerged through a cave into the sun­shine.

The above might be strange but it is true. David Schofield Wai­mate

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