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Questions tagged [magic]

For questions about supernatural powers, often possessed by deities. Magic exists in many myths; do not use this tag unless magic is the focus of the question.

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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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What talismans bring good luck in different folklore? [closed]

We all know of the four-leafed clover and the horseshoe - now I wonder what other items are considered magical in various cultures - as in bringing good luck to the owner.
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Are there stories on gods turning into mortals, or losing immortality?

Besides the story in which Zeus turned Apollo and Poseidon into mortals once, are there more examples of gods losing their immortality in other mythologies as well? Not only in Greek Mythology.
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Are there any ancient myths about human body parts said to be benefical or detrimental when eaten?

Additionally, do we know why they were said to be beneficial/detrimental? I think I remember a myth in some culture believing that eating your enemy's heart would give you their strength, but I'm not ...
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What are the special powers of a unicorn's horn?

The unicorn is a mythological creature similar in appearance to a horse but has a magical horn which is said to have very special powers. Can anyone mention a full list of powers of unicorn horn? I'm ...
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What is sympathetic magic?

What is the concept of "sympathetic magic" in mythology?
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Do leprechauns derive their power from gold?

I am trying to use them in a book I'm writing but I can't find a lot of details regarding Leprechauns. Do they have significant power, do they grant wishes, and if so with what magic? Any answers will ...
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Who's afraid of steel? Is iron different?

In Swedish folklore, carrying something made of steel – a knife, a pair of scissors, or anything really – is said to ward off various dark forces, anything from trolls to witches. Where does this ...
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What is the origin of the myth that witches burn in water?

As per most of the stories I know, witches usually burn when they come into contact with water. Why is this so and what is the origin of this myth? Also,why do witches burn? What about wizards?
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Why could Lleu Llaw Gyffes only be killed in a certain way?

In the fourth branch of the Mabinogion, Lleu Llaw Gyffes revealed to Blodeuedd that he can only be killed in a certain way. 'Will you, for God's sake and mine, tell me by what means you might be ...
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Where did Morgana le Fay come from?

Where did Morgana le Fay come from? From where did she get her power? As the primary antagonist of many Arthurian legends, it always seems to me that she's just there because she's always been there, ...