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Were Osiris and Set always gods or were they mortals who became gods?

I read the story of Osiris and Set in high school but I've always been confused about this fact. The way it was presented then had me believing that Osiris and Set were mortal men and that Isis ...
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How many Ancient Greek names got their English names from French or nativised in English?

The majority of Ancient Greek people (be it mythological or real) or places got their English names from their Latinized Greek names (Uranus, Achilles, etc.), except for a select few that got their ...
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Why is rape featured so prominently in Greek mythology?

Reading up on some myths I started to notice that a lot of raping has been going on in Greek mythology. Why is this featured so prominently and what is the (if any) hidden meaning behind the rapes? Or ...
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Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible?

The Nephilim were not aliens, angels, “Watchers,” or rock monsters; they were literal, physical beings produced from the union of the sons of God and the daughters of men. When man began to ...
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What is the relationship between Thor and storms?

We all know Þórr means thunder and that Mjǫllnir may possibly mean lightning, however, in all the texts I've read, there isn't a single mention (or at least not a relevant one) of a connection between ...
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Is there a similar folklore/parable in American/Western/European culture to the East Asian (Chinese?) parable on a Fox and a Tiger?

The Chinese/East Asian parable on a fox and a tiger goes like the following A fox asking to be walking in front of a tiger brags about being a fearsome animal and exudes borrowed confidence from ...
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What is that on Athena's chest?

In this statue there is something what looks like a face on Athena's chest. I have seen it on some other statues of Athena. What is it? Is there a myth behind it?
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Did the ancient Egyptians worship Cats and Dogs deities at the same period?

Did Egyptians worship feline and canine gods at the same period in history?
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If the bible is an allegory then what is it an allegory for? [closed]

I know there's a debate as to whether the bible is literal or symbolic but let's just say it's allegorical. What is it trying to say? A friend of mine said it's an allegory for humanity going away ...
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Who was the first Satan like deity/creature/person in mythology?

There are satan/devil representations in other faiths/myths. But who was the first to have a role and background similar to Satan? Since religions sometimes take over traits of the old ones there ...
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Does Thor use an axe and/or sword in the Myths?

I know Marvel's Thor uses an axe (Jarnbjorn) and sword (Odinsword) in the comics, but an acquaintance of mine insists that the Thor of the norse Mythology also used them. I couldn't find any source ...
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Who were the Guardians of Olympus?

I am aware of Hercules and his two sons, as well as of the Horae who guard the doors of Olympus, but were there any other deities instructed with guarding the home of the gods?
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Is there a kami of Aokigahara?

I read on a site that Aokigahara have a kami, but when I search on I do not think anything about, does anyone know anything? I also read once that kamis are affected by the energy of where they live, ...
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Why does Inanna need a fruit to know of sex?

According to this link there is a myth where Inanna knows about sex from a tree fruit. She wants to know about sex and for that she has to go to the underworld and taste the fruit there. But why ...
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The Odyssey lock scene (Book 21): Translations vs. original Greek?

Near the beginning of Book 21, most translators have used some peculiar language to describe Penelope's unlocking of the door behind which Odysseus' bow is kept. Fagles writes (lines 54–56) ...
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Who was the fastest character in Greek mythology?

We say an A400M Atlas airplane flying the other day, and my colleague said "It's so slow". I told him "It's Atlas, not <fastestMythicalCharacter>!". I ended up using the modern superhero Flash, ...
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What is the specific term for those creatures that exist because people believe in them?

So recently i have seen in films and series about this oddities that exist in our reality because people believe in them. Something that exist because of the collective imagination from people that ...
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Medea in the Dunciad

The mortal Medea, as described in Wikipedia, does not appear to characterize the lines in Alexander Pope's Dunciad: As one by one, at dread Medea's strain, The sick'ning stars fade off th' ...
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Creature that feeds off personal attachment?

New here. I did search for this in several different forms and places. Not sure if this is the right place, but I saw similar questions here, so I'll give it a shot. I'm looking for the word for a ...
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How did Vǫlundr escape?

In the eddic poem Vǫlundarkviða, Vǫlundr escapes from his island flying. Some say he escaped by magic or even with a flying machine, since he was very skillful at building stuff. How can one ...
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Please help identify creature/character on necklace!

I have this necklace that I bought at antique shop long ago and I’ve had no luck with identifying what the creature may be. Does this happen to look familiar to anyone?
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What are some alternate names for characters of Arthurian legend?

I'm working on a Homebrew D&D campaign and have always thought the legends of King Arthur and the knights of the round table were cool. I planned on basing one of my kingdoms on them but didn't ...
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Are there any instances of defying a prophecy?

In Greek mythology, there are many prophecies. Usually, in spite of someone's effort to prevent it, what is prophesized still happens. As far as I'm aware, the only one to successfully avoid a ...
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God/Goddess of clones or duplicates

Is there any god/goddess who had the power of clones or represented them? Like Dionysus is a god of wine and many other related things, is there a god of clones/duplicates/mirror images across any ...
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Who is “she who slew the Gorgon” in Euripides?

In Euripides' Ion, we find the following lines in a dialogue between Ion and his mother Creusa (Perseus Digital Library text in parallel with Coleridge's translation): Κρέουσα: ἴστω Γοργοφόνα — ...
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What is (a) Könnin kuokkamies?

It seems to be some kind of robotic/mechanical entity, but that's pretty much all I could gather from googling around. There is a Wikipedia page on the matter: here, but it is in Finnish, which I, ...
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Is there any mention of human sacrifice in the mythologies of Britain of the period before advent of Christianity?

In the mythologies that are there for the period in Scotland and England before the advent of Christianity, is there any mention of any practice of human sacrifice for religious rituals?
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Was there any figure considered to be evil in iron age Celtic paganism religion of England?

Before Christianization the Celts of England had a pagan religion. Was there any figure in that religion which was considered to be evil?
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What are the old laws of Cronos?

Athena blinded the young Tiresias by covering his eyes with her hands when he surprised her naked. Tiresias' mother, the nymph Chariclo who was dear to Athena and one of her attendants, asked the ...
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Drinking water from the River Lethe

They were all required to drink a measure of the water, and those who were not saved by their good sense, drank more than the measure, and each one as he drank forgot all things. Found here in ...
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What does Tiresias's answer to the gods mean?

Zeus and Hera once had an argument on which gender enjoyed love making more. They called on Tiresias, a mortal that had been both a man and a woman. his answer was this... Of ten parts a man enjoys ...
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What is the 'White Rock' in Greek mythology?

I just found this term, White Rock, or Leucas, while reading about the Underworld here. As men and women die, Hermes leads their souls to the Underworld, past the streams of Oceanus, past the White ...
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Where do Leprechauns live?

Like, when they aren't dragging people into the sea or granting wishes. The wikipedia article doesn't describe in much detail about where they reside. Holes? Mountain Tops? Tiny Cottages?
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Why did the gods use flooding to wipe out the human race?

Why is it that the gods used flooding to kill humans? Why not fire or a plague?
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Naranath Bhranthan, earliest mentions and sources?

Naranath Bhranthan appears to be a figure from medieval Indian tradition, but except for some repeats of the wikipedia article I have not been able to find anything worth commenting. When and where ...
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Are there any ancient myths about humans travelling back in time?

Does such a way of human time travel occur in ancient myths?
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What is the origin of these creatures in Appalachian folklore?

My family (for these intents and purposes) comes from the mountains of Appalachian southern Virginia. The older folks told tales of three specific monsters as warning against wayward children ...
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Why would Odin and Freyja send fallen men to Helheim?

Since it's known that when Ragnarok occurs, all of the fallen vikings who weren't worthy of Valhalla or folkvangr are sent to helheim to eventually be led by Fenrir to destroy Odin and all of the ...
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Did Korean Queen Heo Hwang-ok Exist and was she Indo-Aryan or Tamil?

This question has two parts. 1. Did Queen Heo exist? Is there any evidence that Queen Heo was a historical figure and not just a legend? Is there any proof that her tomb in Korea ...
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World made/remade from water

In various creation and flood myths the world is said to be remade from water, why would different ancient cultures have this same theme?
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Library re-ordered instead of being destroyed?

I have a memory of a story in which the custodians of a large library pleaded with a conqueror to not destroy the books within, which he promised. He kept his promise, but still rendered the library ...
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Could Thor actually pass his mantle?

This is a question regarding the accuracy of Marvel comics' portrayal of the Norse mythological character of Thor as compares to the actual character from Norse mythology. In the Marvel universe, the ...
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Why did Apollo trick Artemis into killing Orion?

In one of the endings of Orion's myth, Apollo challenges Artemis' skills and tells her to shoot at Orion, who is swimming in a lake. Artemis, who can't see that it's Orion, shoots and unknowingly ...
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What was the parentage of the Korean King Suro?

According to Korean myth, King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya was one of six eggs that descended from heaven. Does he have any parentage other then that? Any details about who laid the eggs? Or any other ...
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Image of God of Time

In the Time for Chronos, I wrote some code that uses the chrono library to measure the time needed for an image of God of time Chronos to be displayed in ASCII art. However, I am not sure about the ...
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Who is Ashirah in Hebrew mythology?

When I heard about the myth regarding Asherah as God’s “wife”, it started to appear some questions which I’d like to ask because I could not find the answers I’m looking for. Here is a list questions: ...
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What are some differences between Ares and the amazons in the 2017 film Wonder Woman and the actual mythology?

In the beginning of the 2017 film Wonder Woman, Diana aka Wonder Woman, is read a story by her mom, Queen Hippolyta, supposedly corresponding to Queen Hippolyta of Greek mythology. The story begins: ...
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Who is this Greek goddess?

Please help me identify this Greek goddess statue in the attached image. Who is this? She is wearing a hat of some kind and is holding flowers or some other plants.
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what Monsters exist in African mythology?

I'm looking for information on Monsters from African folklore, preferably the ones that hurt, kill or eat people. I'm asking on here because google has very little

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