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In What Myth the Octopus Hails from a Previous World?

I have at some point in my life encountered a claim that according to some islanders' myths, octopodes are the only survivors from a previous world, and managed to squeeze through a rift between ...
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Legend about inconsistent person

Is there a myth or a legend about some inconsistent person? Some young and ambitious man, who want a lot of fame and fortune, but don't know exactly how to reach that. Who demonstrates in his actions ...
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What are some similarities between Greek and Norse mythology? [on hold]

What are some similarities between Greek and Norse mythology? In both Cosmogony and Theogony?
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Difference between Greek and Norse mythologies in the gods/universe creation

Is it correct to say that in Norse mythology the gods created the universe but in Greek mythology they were created by the universe?
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Is there a supernatural rat like this?

I had this weird dream including some kind of ghost rats, at first there was this noise they make that was like an indication that the ghost rats were there. You can not see them and you can only ...
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Why do people worry about seeing a black cat cross their path?

I know people who get very worried when they see a black cat cross their path. Why?
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Is there a myth involving a female warrior and a cloak that renders people invisible?

I fail to remember the name of a myth I heard several years ago, in which a man marries a beautiful female warrior deceitfully. The woman isn't attracted to him and refuses to sleep with him. She ...
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Where does the idea that Satan rules hell come from?

This article on the history of the Devil suggests Dante was the first who portrayed Satan as ruler of hell: The idea that the Devil governs hell may have come from the poem by Dante Alighieri, The ...
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Do Indians openly adopt and syncretize foreign religions? [closed]

I don't know much about Hinduism and the details of Indian history, but I feel that in India it is very common to nationalize foreign religions, beginning with the indianization of Sumerian deities, ...
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Did Helen and Stentor have voice-related “super-powers”?

Helen's Many Voices In Odyssey 4.274-289 Menelaus recounts a story from the time that he and other leaders of the Greek forces at Troy were hiding in the famous decoy wooden horse which they used as ...
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Who is Crite of Chaldea?

Another one from Kersey Graves' The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors: XIV. CRITE OF CHALDEA CRUCIFIED, 1200 B.C. The Chaldeans, as Mr. Higgins informs us, have noted in their sacred books ...
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What is the source of the legend of Herakles bathing in the spa waters of Edipsos?

Locals in the spa town of Edipsos in the north of Evia are always quick to point out that the legendary Herakles would visit their town to rejuvenate himself in its spa waters. Here are a few sites ...
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Have powerful mythological heroes ever run away or been deeply afraid?

Have powerful heroes ever shown deep fear or fled? I am aware that foes and enemies of heroes at times flee them but I cannot think of any incidents where some powerful figure of martial might in any ...
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Standard references on meanings of colors

I was wondering about the physics of color, and now am interested in finding out if there are any standard resources on the meanings or appearances of colors. For example, color associations in ...
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Why is it unlucky to walk under a ladder?

If we ignore the practical safety issues, why is it considered unlucky to walk under a ladder?
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References on Tolkien's plots

Diana Wynne Jones's autobiography contains an interesting report on what Tolkien lectured about at university: He started with the simplest possible story: a man (prince or woodcutter) going on a ...
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What is the source of the story of the immaculate conception of Mars?

Kersey Graves discusses the immaculate conception of Mars: In Malcolm's "History of Persia" the author tells us that "Zoroaster was born of an immaculate conception by a ray from the Divine Reason....
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Who is Thulis of Egypt?

Kersey Graves in The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors compiled a list of sixteen messianic figures that preceded Jesus and were crucified on a tree, rock or cross before ascending into heaven. The ...
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What do the four living creatures represent?

From Revelation 4 (KJ21): 6 and before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four living beings full of eyes in ...
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How did Prometheus deceive Zeus?

In Hesiod's Works and Days, we learn that Zeus hid fire from humankind in anger because Prometheus had deceived him: For the gods keep hidden from men the means of life. Else you would easily do ...
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Is there a single term for the study of mythology?

I know folklore studies are called "folkloristics" and people who study folklore are called "folklorists". Are there equivalent terms for mythology? Is there a single term for the study of mythology,...
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Why were metamorphoses so popular with ancient writers?

A brief search revealed five books by Greek and Roman writers on the subject of metamorphosis myths: "Metamorphoses" by Ovid "Metamorphoseon Synagoge" by Antoninus Liberalis "Metamorphoses (aka The ...
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What is the game the champions play in Harold's court?

In N. Kershaw's translation of Hrafnsmál we learn that champions play chess in Harold's court: 8. Very magnificent is the life enjoyed by the glorious champions who play chess in Harold's court. ...
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What is the Ogdoad in the Coptic Apocalypse of Paul?

At the end of the Coptic Apocalypse of Paul, Paul enters the Ogdoad, where he sees the twelve apostles1: And then the heaven opened and we went up to the Ogdoad. And I saw the twelve apostles. ...
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Why does Loki borrow Freya's feathered coat to fly

...instead of just turning himself into a bird? I mean, he turned himself into a fly before.
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Is Hanna (2011, 2019) a form of the modern folk hero Pippi Longstocking?

In his only interview, the author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo stated that Pippi Longstocking was the inspiration for the character of Lisbeth Salander. This involved Lisbeth's genius and ...
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Who is the old man in the Coptic Apocalypse of Paul?

In the Coptic Apocalypse of Paul, Paul meets an "old man" in seventh heaven1: Then we went up to the seventh heaven, and I saw an old man [...] light and whose garment was white. His throne, which ...
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Why does the Valkyrie call the raven “the skull picker of Hymir” in Hrafnsmál?

At the beginning of Hrafnsmál the Valkyrie calls the raven "the skull picker of Hymir": 1. Hearken, noblemen, while I celebrate Harold the magnificent and his feats of arms. I will tell of the ...
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Who are the two witnesses in Revelation?

From Revelation 11 (KJ21): 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive ...
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Did Bedwyr (Bedivere) ever have dark magic?

A while back I found a small note (which seems to have been removed because of a lack of proper citation) on the Wikipedia article for Bedivere, speaking of his “role in Welsh tradition” and first ...
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How do I analyze a mythology?

[Sorry if this question isn't specific or not very legitimate. I've only been in this site for a while.] I've been getting into religion and mythology lately. I've been wondering, how do I analyze a ...
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“Berserker” In the sagas

Is there any writen reference to that word? I've been looking to put it in futhark, but apparently there is a debate about its origin(bear skin or shirtless). So, how would they write it down(younger ...
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What stories from Norse mythology deals with fear?

Are there any stories from Norse mythology, where a person has to face a fear and is rewarded for it/succeeds? All that springs to mind is Tyr/Fenrir story, where Tyr puts his hand in the mouth of ...
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Why is it lucky to touch or knock on wood?

According to Project Britain's British Life and Culture it is lucky to touch wood: Lucky to touch wood. We touch; knock on wood, to make something come true. Where does this superstition come ...
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Are Greek Myths and Heroes Rooted in actual History and People?

I completed reading a book titled "Old Greek Stories" by James Baldwin. It features some well known Ancient Heroes such as Theseus & Perseus. But the way it was told seemed like several nations ...
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Why is Circe in Aeaea?

In the Odyssey, the sorceress Circe lives a solitary life in Aeaea. Why is that? How did a goddess end up alone on an island? Can she leave the island, and if not, why? Madeline Miller in her novel ...
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Are there any stories or fables in mythology that have an anarchist message?

Most mythologies that I read are used to justify the power structures in society. Are there any that instead preach democracy, anti-authority, pro-education, or free love?
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Do all gods and goddesses live on Mount Οlympus?

Do all Greek gods and goddesses live on Mount Olympus? Including minor ones like Echo, Narcissus, etc.?
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Who was Zeus' first child conceived with a mortal?

Zeus was well known for his sexual escapades (both willing or unwilling). These resulted in many divine (Gods,Olympians) and heroic offspring (demi-gods) My question is : Who was Zeus' first child ...
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Why was one of the Hecatoncheires known by a different name by men and the gods?

It is said in the Iliad that one of the Hundred Handers was known by two names, one for the gods to call him and one for men to call him. His name by the gods was Briareus but men called him Aegaeon. ...
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Did Hera know that Perseus was Zeus's son?

We often see Hera punishing Zeus's children or the mothers because of her jealousy. But such is not the case with the hero Perseus or her mother. She isn't even mentioned trying to cause any harm to ...
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What did the Thebans do to cause the wrath of Dionysus?

Pausanias tells the legend of the Teumessian fox, a fox destined never to be caught sent by Dionysus to destroy Thebes, the god's birthplace according to the Zeus and Semele narrative: 9.19.1 On ...
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Why is Dante’s Odysseus different from Homer’s?

In Canto XXVI of the Inferno, Dante encounters Odysseus and Diomedes. Odysseus account of his exploits after Troy differ from the more familiar story in Homer’s Odyssey. Notably, Dante’s Odysseus does ...
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Why does Eumaeus singles out the nymphs and Hermes in his offerings?

In Odyssey 14 Eumaeus the swineherd is the first person that meets Odysseus upon his return to Ithaca. Although he doesn't recognize his master, he offers him shelter and treats him to a feast: ...
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What do we know of Perses, son of Helios and brother to Circe?

Perses was a son of Helios and the Oceanid Perse. He is the least well-known of his siblings, Aeëtes (the king of Colchis), Pasiphaë (the wife of king Minos of Crete) and Circe (the famed sorceress). ...
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Honor, cunning and realism of underhandedness in the Iliad

The heroes of the Illiad seem to be completely obsessed with honourable fighting, with Hector refusing to take sanctuary behind the walls due to that not being honourable (The Great Courses - Famous ...
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Why you should never buy a broom or wash blankets in May?

According to Project Britain's folklore calendar buying a broom or washing blankets in May should be avoided: Never buy a broom in May or wash blankets. Wash a blanket in May. Wash a dear ...
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Who are the Diogenes and Zeno Dante encounters in Limbo?

In Limbo Dante encounters a group of philosophers: When I had raised my eyes a little higher, I saw the master of the men who know seated in philosophic family. There all look up to him, ...
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Has Odysseus ever used a bow prior to the archery contest in the Odyssey?

In Odyssey 21 Penelope famously proposes an archery contest to her suitors, a test of masculine skill with herself as the prize. The disguised Odysseus wins the contest and then proceeds to reveal ...
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School in the Sky?

I'm looking for references to schools in the sky. Was there a school that the Greek gods attended? A university frequented by the Norse pantheon? An academy in Tian? I'd love any pointers you've ...

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