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The traditional stories, beliefs, and customs of Europe.

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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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What is the original version of "Little Red Riding Hood"?

There is a certain version of "Little Red Riding Hood" that some authors claim to be "the original" version. For example in the Sandman comic: Or from the movie Jin Roh. A quick search on ...
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How many kinds of giants in Norse mythology?

Besides Frost and Fire Giants, what are the other types of giants? According to Skjalden.com, there are also Sea Giants, Storm Giants, Mountain Giants https://skjalden.com/lesser-known-giants-in-norse-...
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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 one away. ...
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Need help identifying a specific prophetic or cursed book of unknown origin

My mum recently told me about a book that her own mother (my grandmother) mentioned to her when she was a child. Neither of them actually had a physical copy of the book, but I'd like to know if ...
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What is the "Lert" creature mentioned in Mistral's Poem of the Rhône?

In Frédéric Mistral's epic poem "Lou Pouèmo dóu Rose" (The Poem of the Rhône) from 1897, in Song XI, Verse XCVI is mentioned a creature. Here are the relevant lines in the original Provençal,...
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Would Pantagruel take part in the ritual weeping for Tammuz?

Renaissance Humanists rediscovered Plutarch and Rabelais' Fourth Boook of Pantagruel's adventures quotes at length a famous anecdote from The Failure of the Oracles (Moralia, 5-29), about a divine ...
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Does the Maypole visit humans on May the First?

May the first has a lot of nature deity traditions like The Green Man. Then there is the Maypole. So my question is: does the Maypole visit humans on the first of May? The Maypole may be a pole in ...
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Do dragons marry human women?

I found a collection of 3 love stories from medieval European folklore about dragons disguising themselves as handsome men to seduce beautiful women, usually a princess and marry them. Is this a ...
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Is the Greek myth about the early-flowering crocus, hyacinths and daffodils an authentic version of native Indo-European beliefs?

Is the Greek mythology about the early-flowering crocus, hyacinths and daffodils unchanged and authentically / natively Indo-European ? Like all early bloomers, daffodils are a symbol of rebirth, the ...
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