Germany - Scott #1273 (1978)

The Pied Piper Of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Rattenfänger von Hameln in German, also known as the Pan Piper or the Rat-Catcher of Hamelin) is the titular character of a legend from the town of Hamelin (Hameln), Lower Saxony, Germany. The legend dates back to the Middle Ages, the earliest references describing a piper, dressed in multicolored (“pied”) clothing, who was a rat-catcher hired by the town to … Continue reading The Pied Piper Of Hamelin

The Māori Legend of Rangi and Papa

In Māori mythology, the primal couple Rangi and Papa (or Ranginui and Papatūānuku) appear in a creation myth explaining the origin of the world (though there are many different versions). In some South Island dialects, Rangi is called Raki or Rakinui. The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, originating with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of … Continue reading The Māori Legend of Rangi and Papa