Mayas & the Cave
Mayas a high priest of Baal in Sidon
went to the Cave of Saneder in Erbil
to learn magic from Haroot and Maroot
two fallen angels turned mystic.
He took candles and food enough for
forty days and nights in that cave.
Upon reaching the entrance of the cave
a deep voice said: who goes there?
Mayas son of Ahab servant of Baal.
I bring with me sage and saffron for the sages.
Enter at will but your exit shall be determined
by the dark ones should you survive the dark.
Haroot and Maroot hung upside down
supported by their claws and visibly torn wings.
Both spoke at the same time and said:
Before we begin teaching you our secrets
you must answer our riddle for it shall determine
your worthiness to receive our gifts.
Fail to do so, you may try again but it will be
at the expense of your chance to exit this cave
freely, for you will face all the challenges
Ali Baba’s forty thieves faced when exiting.
As you can see their bones lay here for display.
Now Mayas was not afraid from their words
and confidently said: I shall not return unless
I have learned your secrets, Sidon waits for my gifts.
Alright then said Haroot, what rises twisted from a
short bony cage to cage men’s hearts with a glance?
This is easy said Mayas: a woman!
Who is the woman that caused our fall asked Maroot?
I will give you a clue she is the Fuchsia of beauty
and the pale yellow that isn’t a sun.
That is not fair, I do not know your story, but I will try
take my chances and think it over even if I am
to stay here until dawn in this cave.
They say a thousand suns rose but Mayas
never left the cave and until today many
still come hoping to speak to the sages
and learn their secrets but in vain!
The answer is Venus, but read the story to understand.
Both Saneder Cave of Erbil, Iraq and AlHamra Cave in the Sultanate of Oman are said to be the resting places of fallen Angels Haroot and Maroot who were sent to earth as a punishment for being seduced by the notoriously brute queen Venus of Lydia who was known to be of immense beauty. It is said in old legends that the two angels asked God why men disobey Him so He made them in the form of men and gave them hearts and sent them to earth. They ended up in Smyrna where they both fell head over heels for Venus and asked her to choose among them who she’d want to be with. Being the fire worshiper she was, she asked that they break one rule of their God’s rules and gave them four options: to make her God fire, a partner with their God, or to kill a soul, or to share in an orgy or to drink wine as an offering to Adonis or Ishtar. Both Angels decided that the easiest was to drink wine as an offering. But when they drank they got drunk they fought with someone and killed him, participated in the orgy of the temple, and made partners to God. When the sun rose the next morning they were summoned to God and they were made to face their deeds. They were told that the drink was spiked and that men’s hearts are what makes them both sinners and divine and thereby choice makes them higher than angels. As a punishment both angels’ wings were clipped and were sent to earth to test and tempt and teach humans magic but Venus herself was turned into a planet hence a remembrance to the world that seduction and deception via beauty are punishable and remembered in a parable.