Australian Professor Denies Existence of the Pied Piper
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2003-07-09 17:45
Sydney Morning Herald: Was the Pied Piper real or a myth created to explain the outbreak of the
plague? A Sydney University professor has a theory.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin, the allegorical figure who led the town's children
away after being denied his just pay, is celebrated throughout the world as a
warning to "Pay the Piper," but is it a true story? Sydney University professor
Alex Jones says no.
"It is most unlikely that a figure like the Pied Piper of Hamelin ever
existed," said Jones. "The story is a myth most likely constructed to
represent an outbreak of the plague."
Jones has other theories too, including the pagan origins of the figure,
possibly as the German god Woden.
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