My guess would be both. All of the pre-christian myths proably heavily influenced Christianity. Christianity then in turn influenced the later "king under the mountain" myths. just continuing the cycle with local adaptions.Ash;75255 wrote: All of the above discussion poses an interesting chicken-and-egg question:
Are such later myths based on Christianity OR (as some of us have pointed out) was Christianity just another tale within a long and ancient Messiah tradition? Freud assumed the latter!
Concerning the Czech myth, Wececlas had a clearly recorded death (at the hands of his brother, Boleslav, who actually turned out to be a much more effective leader than Wenceclas). His "mountain" is an actual Czech mountain important to history (not an unidentified locale like avalon). and wenceclas is sleeping with a number of Czech Knights who will return with him as if the legend composers realized that a great leader would be useless without loyal troops (makes sense). Historicaly he has become associated with the feast of steven (the day after xmas) which is why we have the christmas carol "Good King Wenceclas looked out, on the feast of steven..."