Australian Professor Denies Existence of the Pied Piper

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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Interesting, I had always figured it was an allegory for the Children's Crusade. Randy Colby