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Top new questions this week:

Did Themis preside over "the proper relation between man and woman" and the concept of the family?

I recently saw the following quote in the Wikipedia article on Themis: Themis presided over the proper relation between man and woman[citation needed], the basis of the rightly ordered family (the ...

greek titans  
asked by Astrid_Redfern 1 vote

Why Mahabharata or Ramayana did not considered as earlier civilisation than IVC?

As we all know IVC is the first civilisation in India between 3300 to 1300 BCE. But Mahabharata and Ramayana should dated before this period based on Yuga cycle. Then we haven’t considered these are ...

myth-identification comparative mythohistory history hindu  
asked by satyagvns 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why was Medusa's hair made of snakes?

Medusa was a mythical creature that could turn all living beings into stone. However why was her hair made into snakes? Was it Medusa's eyes that turned people or the snakes'?

greek mythical-creatures medusa  
asked by Young Guilo 15 votes

What are the punishments for the seven deadly sins?

In the first season of the TV show Slasher the antagonist is killing people he judges are guilty of the seven deadly sins. Each murder is different, supposedly reflecting the specific punishment the ...

christianity  
asked by Girsan Virlee 10 votes
answered by Cearon O'Flynn 9 votes

Is there a word for the type of creatures that feeds off human energy, such as emotions?

Is there a common, categorical name for creatures that become stronger and more powerful by feeding off living beings' emotions, such as fear, anger, greed?

mythical-creatures  
asked by user997 14 votes
answered by Mary C 9 votes

Why do some Asian dragons have fur (or hair)?

In the west, we tend to think outside dragons as purely reptilian in nature - in other words, all scales, no fur - but many Asian representations of dragons show them with substantial amounts of fur (...

chinese dragons  
asked by Wad Cheber 22 votes

Are dwarves and dark elves the same?

I remember reading somewhere that in Norse mythology dwarves and dark elves are the same thing. Then I started reading Gylfaginning and it sounded like they were different, but then later on they send ...

norse gylfaginning  
asked by Salvador 16 votes

How did Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades decide who would rule what?

From Wikipedia article on Hades: Zeus got the sky, Poseidon got the seas, and Hades received the underworld, the unseen realm to which the souls of the dead go upon leaving the world as well as any ...

greek zeus olympians hades poseidon  
asked by Ero Sɘnnin 17 votes
answered by durron597 17 votes

Why does Athena not hold Poseidon responsible for desecrating her temple with Medusa?

In Greek mythology, Medusa was raped by the sea god Poseidon in the Temple of Athena. Athena found no fault in Poseidon, but was furious with Medusa. My question is why would Athena not find any fault ...

greek medusa  
asked by user1025 8 votes
answered by solsdottir 4 votes
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