Cavern The cavern, which represents Mother-Earth, very clearly reflects the tales of King Mathias (Kralj Matjaž), the Slovenian mythical hero. One of his tales says: Mathias was a pagan king, so powerful, that he challenged to fight God himself. A sacrilege, and for punishment his army was defeated on the battlefield. Since then, he with his army is sleeping in a mountain cavern (votlina) waiting for the right time to come… (Grafenauer 1951, 192, 205). Here, the symbolic mountain and cavern, which provided shelter for the king and his army, clearly reflect the aspects of Mother-Earth. http://www.carantha.net/slovenian_mythology__slovensko_bajeslovje_.htm