Science: Folklore Man

At the time of Imperial Rome, in a sacred grove by Lake Nemi in the green Alban hills was a hoary oak. Around it day & night prowled a grim, wary figure with sword in hand. He was Diana's priest and the King of the Wood. He was also a murderer. He had succeeded to the priesthood by first plucking from the sacred oak a branch of mistletoe, the golden bough, then by slaying his predecessor. And in turn he would grow weak or unwatchful and himself be slain.

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