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Where can I find a trustworthy source of legends about Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates?

The legends I'm asking are these: Pythagoras being divine and events in his life that have to do with the divine. Legendary events surrounding Plato and Socrates' births. What ancient documents are ...
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Where do I go to see some Greek plays?

Recently, I discovered satyrs. I am appalled and amused at their character! But when I Google "satyr plays near me", nothing turns up. What should I Google? I even tried "theater near me", but ...
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How do these creatures feed of humans energy? [on hold]

Sucubus,incubushow they feed ,where they come from
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Any ancient myths/folklore/tales/etc. about extraterrestrial voyages/people/beings?

Stories like the tale of the bamboo cutter that are about extraterrestrial beings who visit earth and either return to their place of origin or not. They can also be about people from earth visiting ...
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What creatures of legend, myth, and folklore could be considered kaiju?

I'm currently mulling the idea of writing an alternate history series in which I include kaiju in historical events, and I'm doing some homework on the matter. The happy accident that occurs is that, ...
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Dating the Battle of Ten Kings relative to the Ramayana and Mahabharata

(cross posting from hinduism.SE. Hope this is OK) Related to this question though much more specific: are there any clues we can glean about the historical situation of the Battle of Ten Kings ...
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What is the creation story of Taweret?

How was Taweret created? Is there a creation story, or was she just the child of two gods?
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Snakes shape shifting to human form after they turn 100

There is this myth in some parts of the world (mostly south Asia and middle east ) that once a snake turns 100 they can transform into a human. I wonder where this myth started from. If this could be ...
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Are Canaanite Goddesses Associated with Pigs?

Many goddesses are associated with pigs, mostly because of their fertility. For example, the pig was sacred to Isis, and the Greeks sacrificed pigs to Demeter, and also in sacrificial rituals at ...
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Are there Evil Sybils or Diviners in Greco-Roman Tradition?

In the Judeo-Christian tradition there are people of Divine Insight who do evil, such as the Diviner Balaam. I'm wondering if there are Greco-Roman examples like this, especially regarding the ...
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Was it an option for the Trojans to give Helen back? Why didn't they?

In the Trojan War in Greek Mythology the Greeks spent 10 years fighting to capture Troy, because the Trojan Prince Paris had stolen the Greek King Menelaus' beautiful wife Helen. Finally when the ...
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Did a pagan cult remove the gallbladder of animals before sacrificing them?

Rabbi Gedaliah ibn Yachya in his work Shalshelet ha-Kabbalah (Jerusalem, 1962), p. 223 alleges that when sacrificing animals, some pagans would remove the gallbladder (מרה, marah) from the animal in ...
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Indus valley or Harrapan civilization myths/beliefs

What r the religious beliefs associated with the early Indus valley civilization or Harrapan civilization?
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What are the runes for “[name] carved this runes”?

There are a lot of instances in viking history where one of them wold carve this graffiti on a wall, one of the most famous being the Halfdan inscription on the Hagia Sophia. I've been looking ...
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What were Medieval(300-1600) European Myths about red heads

I have heard that red heads were thought to be vampires, or Judas's descendants,good for for spell ingredients, etc... What were the common myths like this about red heads in the Medieval Period of ...
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What do we know about Apollo Maleatas?

From Wikipedia: The sanctuary of Apollo Maleatas (Greek: Ἀπόλλων Μαλεάτας) is located on a low hill on Mount Kynortion, east of the sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus. At the peak of the hill was ...
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Is Phoebus an alternate name for Apollo or is a description of Apollo?

Is Phoebus an alternate name for Apollo or is a description of Apollo? In other words, I want to know if Phoebus is a name or simply a common noun that means "light" or "brightness". There was also a ...
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Zombies and stopping them?

I know that there’s a wide variety of zombies. Now my question is what are the versions of them & how are they stopped from attacking the living? Zombies are (now these days) concedered mindless ...
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A rock on a beach

I've heard of a story in greek mythology, but I am missing a lot of details. Can you help me recover the place where, supposedly, everything happened ? A guy goes alone to a village to steal wine and ...
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Where does Marsilio Ficino write that all nations refer to God with a four-letter name?

I have seen quoted in the name of Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), also spelled Marcellus Ficin, that all nations of the world worship a God whose name is spelled with four letters. Does anybody know ...
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Why was Odysseus needed for killing the suitors in the Odyssey?

Is his kingdom so short on soldiers that the family can't deal with a few suitors?
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What's the best way to go about researching obscure mythologies?

So basically, I want to learn more about Zulu (or possibly some other South African culture) polytheism, among other things. Trouble is, it's hard to find a lot information about it, even from ye olde ...
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Can Vampires Take Form of Nocturnal Animals?

In Bram Stoker's Dracula, it was hinted that he may have taken form of a bat while visiting the asylum inmate, Renfield. Is that possible? And could he take form of all the other animals, like wolves ...
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Is there a specific term in Norse mythology for Odin's self-sacrifice?

Norse mythology knows some terms for quite complex concepts, such as "Ragnarök". Is there a term for Odin's nine-day self-sacrifice?
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What is this symbol on my necklace?

I bought this pendant in Italy around 10 years ago, I think from Rome. I’ve always been curious as to what the bird with the sun above it (etched onto the red glossy background) represents. I was a ...
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Sasquatch time question

Mostly for curiosities sake: when was the earliest documented tale of Sasquatch told by the native Americans? Would that be during the 1850’s?
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Metis' unborn son

In the myth of Athena's birth it is mentioned that Metis' second child would overthrow Zeus. When Zeus swallowed Metis, he prevented the prophecy's fulfillment and Metis never had a son. But what if ...
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Djinn and devils/demons question

I know that ancient Arabians had a mythology about evil creatures made of dust and fire called djinn, now my question is this: how were they different from Demons and devils?
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What do you call a human who can take energy from other living objects?

I'm not exactly sure what to think but after doing it so often I was just curious if there is a name? I've noticed that when I'm tired while say I'm at work I can place my palm to a tree and it begins ...
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European folkloric references to “cold iron” as a ward against supernatural entities?

The wikipedia entry for cold iron references Kipling and Walter Scott. Wondering if there are any surviving folktales involving iron as a ward or weapon against faeries and other supernatural ...
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Sami tale where the fox is left as sole speaker of human language

Does anyone know the Sami tale where all the animals gather inside a mountain and decide they won't be speaking the same language as humans from now on? If I remember correctly, they agree that one ...
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Norse god/goddess of law or justice

Is there a Norse god/goddess of law or justice? Or is law/justice a too western of concept to have back then?
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What scripture describes humans as being morally superior to angels?

At the climax of Fate/stay night's Heaven's Feel route, the main antagonist, Kirei Kotomine makes reference to a religious scripture that says humans are morally superior to angels because humans can ...
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Looking for a character's name

I recently heard a reference to a character the gods sentenced to live long enough to see the results of his bad advice. I am looking for a reference for this story, specifically the name of the ...
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How did Aphrodite's promise of Helen to Paris work?

When Paris was asked to choose a recipient for the Golden Apple of Discord, he accepted Aphrodite's bribe and gave it to her in exchange for Menelaus's wife Helen. Paris later took Helen from Menelaus ...
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Where does the personification of the River Thames as Old Father Thames originate?

I'v been doing some light research into the figure of Old Father Thames, he appears as the personification on the River Thames through the 18th to 20th centuries but seems to have lost popularity ...
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Which ancient hero is most associated with confronting the unknown?

I came across this quote from Jordan Peterson: Well what would you want to be king? You could say king of the world or king of your own soul: What do you wanna subordinate yourself to. How 'bout ...
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What is the folkloric origin of “el príncipe azul”?

In Spanish, the folkloric character who would in English be called "Prince Charming" is known as Príncipe Azul, the Blue Prince. The Spanish Wikipedia claims that the origin is from a Romanian ...
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Whence comes the association of Leprechauns with rainbows?

In the modern day, leprechauns are usually associated with a highly rigid depiction: wearing green, hat, buckled shoes, red beard, pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Some parts of this may come ...
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Where is the Ancient Greek belief of Pre-Existence referenced?

There's a Greek belief about choosing your parents, your life, and the problems in the world. As mentioned in this video. I'm trying to find the full story/myth. Where can I look? TEDxSinCity - Dave ...
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Why are mermaids naked?

In images from Roman to contemporary Britain, mermaids are usually not wearing any clothes. Other types of fairies, spirits, and gods are usually depicted at least partly dressed. Why then are ...
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1001 Nights - Movie faithful to the outer story?

I have heard of the story of 1001 Nights, and I know there have been tons of films made based on the stories in it. However, I am having difficulty finding a film that actually uses as a framework ...
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When was a pair of Greek and Roman gods first identified?

There is a canonical correspondence between some Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, for example Ares and Mars. However, these two were originally different deities and quite different in nature. My ...
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What animal did Demeter transform into?

When Typhon showed up at Olympus, most of the gods fled to Egypt in the form of animals. (Wikipedia is the only place I found what form they took.) Apollo was a hawk, Hermes an ibis, Ares a fish, ...
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How are Norse and Celtic mythology related?

I was in a charms shop a while back and they had a section laid out for Celtic Mythology charms and their meanings. I had a look and found Thor's hammer. I ask my mom and she said the Mythologies are ...
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How can gods hide themselves from other god's gaze?

I know of Hades with his Helm of Darkness. I know that Athena gave a Helm of Darkness to the hero Perseus and later used it (or another) herself in the Iliad to hid from Ares. Another point in the ...
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Norse mythology book by neil gaiman

I want to have a collection of stories and myths about norse gods and their adventures i.e, the history of . I have searched google for long and couldn't find majority accepted book. I came to see ...
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Looking for a mythological flying creatures that has saved human life

Can anyone help me? I am looking for a mythological flying creature(s) that has saved human life? I am asking for a project in progress. Thanks.
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How were trolls created in Norse mythology?

Is there a mythical/folklore origin for them? I haven't managed to find any sources on this.
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What did Odysseus (or his men) do to 'err' against Athena?

When Hermes arrives on Ogygia, she asks why he is visiting here. "Why have you come to see me, Hermes - honored, and ever welcome - for you do not visit me often?..." Retrieved, paragraph 7 Hermes ...

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