Trapped in an seemingly endless humdrum life , do you occassionaly yearn for those fantastical places of popular folklore. How exciting and riveting one’s life could be in places like Camelot ,or Troy or maybe the fabled Garden Of Eden.
Mythical places are legends that are borne out of our fertile imaginations and are said to exist only in fictional and religious lore. These places have continued to captivate us by their very essence of being a refuge where one can one reside, unencumbered, happily ever after, performing chores that he or she dreamt of doing all their life. This is one singular concept that binds all mythical places, whether they are created by legends or fulfill an utopic notion. Even the advent of science in all its glory and subsequent skepticism that it has evoked , has failed to eradicate the lingering, forlorn belief about these places’ existence.
The legendary island of Greece, the lost continent –the myth of Atlantis is perhaps one of the most spellbinding mysteries of the world which has confounded skeptics and believers like? Was it real ? What caused it destruction or how technologicaly, culturally advanced, were the Atlanteans- are some of the persistent questions that continues to puzzle everybody.
The mention of this mythical place which harbored an immensely progressive society , was found in one of the writings of the legendary Greek Philosopher Plato. Plato talked about a marvelous city, far ahead of its time in every aspects, situated somewhere west of the Pillars Of Hercules (Rock Of Gibraltar). The legend of Atlantis can be evidenced in different forms in the history of every civilization of note, all of which spoke of an amazing civilization of the yore which got mysteriously wiped out be natural catastrophes. Despite being mentioned in numerous places and even after series of frantic searches , nothing conclusive could be found that could substantiate the existence of Atlantis. Whether the city was a place of extraterrestrial dwellers or simply was home a remarkable civilization, far ahead of its time , the mythos of Atlantis will linger forever.
The iconic, fabled city of King Arthur and his coterie of Knights of the round table. Camelot is undoubtedly the most prominently. mentioned mythical place in popular culture. Camelot stood for an idyllic Middle Age version of paradise, where justice, honour and rightenousness always prevail no matter how treacherous and overwhelming the obstacles were, starkly dissimilar from the milieu of lawlessness and anarchy, that prevailed during the Dark Ages. The name itself, conjured of visions of grandness, romance and chivalry. Arthur was undoubtedly the most majestic and romantic persona of British folklore and Camelot was the heart of his kingdom. The inspiring tales of Camelot has been recounted on numerous occasions through centuries by the wandering troubadors of France and Germany or through the poetry of Tennyson and the musicals of Wagner.
The Garden Of Eden
God’s paradise or the biblical garden of God ,illustrated in great detail in the Book Of Genesis 3 ,is a unadulterated haven where one can find every religion of the world, coexisting peacefully . It is a perfect example of how the craving for something ideal , populates the human mind. The name “Eden” is derived from a Hebrew word eden, meaning delight . To Christians and non Christions alike, the Garden represents a paradise that is completely untainted.
Asagard or Valhalla
The abode of the Norse Gods, mentioned heavily in Viking or Norse mythology , is said to be a place for those who lived their entire lives with impeccable honor and courage. Valhalla is supposed to be one of the halls in Asagard , presided over by Odin, meant for those brave warriors who have been slained in battle. Here they can lead a perefect afterlife by feasting and battling side by side with the Norse Gods for eternity.
Fountain Of Youth –
The stories of a mythical spring and the rejuvenating powers of its water , has been recounted for thousands of years across the world , appearing in the writings of Herodotus and in the tales of Prester John. The legend gained prominence during the 16th century when the famous Juan Ponce de Leon ,embarked on an exploration for this mythical water body in the state of Florida, during the Spanish conquistador campaign. Despite frantic searches, the spring remained elusive to all but the legends still persist , perhaps fuelled by our unhealthy craving for eternal youth.