Questions tagged [modern-influence]

For questions about how ancient mythology influences today's traditions.

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Why do ghosts mess with electricity?

The concept of ghosts (shades in the sense of spirits or phantoms) predates the understanding and harnessing of electricity by humans. But, in modern folklore and mythology electric lights often ...
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Does Angela Merkel's use of her distinctive “diamond” hand gesture have any folk-historical or other oral-traditional background?

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, is known for using a distinctive hand gesture. Does the Merkel rhombus (Merkel-Raute), which has been heavily used by the Christian Democratic party in its ...
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What is the origin of the story that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole?

Can the traditional location of Santa Claus home and workshop be traced to older folklore stories, or is it a modern invention, a piece of fakelore?
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What is the link between Odin and Santa Claus?

What is the link between Odin and Santa Claus? How does Santa trace his origins to the Norse god?