Myths, folklore and things that speak in symbols can be interpreted in so many ways. Often the actual image is clear enough but the interpretation is infinitely blurred, a sort of enormous rainbow of every possible color you can imagine. ~ Diana Wynne Jones (British writer of fantasy novels).
Thank you J.S. Brand for our photo prompt!
Nobody knows when and why the staircase was built. However, it was hidden in a dense forest and people outside had no knowledge of its existence. Deep inside the forest, nearly 2000 people lived in 10-12 villages. Till very recently they had no contact with the outside world and could meet their needs through their skills and knowledge – garnered over many thousand years. They attribute their good luck to the fertility shaft – the official staff of the tribal chief. It was a just sturdy living branch of some tree and its circumference was wreathed by glistening green leaves; new twigs sprouted from its brownish golden bark.
A few years ago a team of archeo-ethnobotanists reached this valley. They especially investigated the fertility shaft and called it a living branch of Kalp-taru*. One day a helicopter picked them up and they vanished along with the fertility shaft.
Soon the forest withered away and the stairway provides an easy access to the villages to many exploiters.
*Kalpa-taru is a wish-fulfilling divine tree in Hindu mythology. It is mentioned in Sanskrit literature from the earliest sources. It is also a popular theme in Jain cosmology and Buddhism.
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