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Why isn’t Lúgh Lámhfhada considered a sun-god?

Basically, there was a Victorian mania for identifying mythological figures as sun gods, they massively overdid it, and there has been a reaction against that. Scholars are, on the whole, much more ...
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Do Mithras, Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus share a December 25 birthday?

No, they do not. As far as ancient sources go, none of these is explicitly mentioned as having such a birth-date. The earliest source I can find making this claim in reference to Mithras goes back to ...
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Why was phoenician Melqart identified with Heracles?

Actual reasons why are never clearly stated, but Corinne Bonnet offers the best theory that it was the lion iconography that led to their identification. From her article in the Encyclopedia of ...
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How is 𐌂𐌀𐌕𐌌𐌉𐌕𐌄, a.k.a Catamite, the Etruscan form of Gadymedes?

Regular Sound Change It's been a while since I looked at Etruscan, but two things that stuck out was that the language doesn't seem to get along well with voiced stops (like [g] and [d]), and also ...
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Are there any myths of rulers who have built and destroyed their own domains?

In Hebrew myth, Yahweh made and peopled the world (Gen. 1) but then, because of inhabitant misconduct, repented and flooded it (Gen. 6.5-7.22).
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What mythological figures/creatures are defined as immortal observers of humanity?

About the part of watching the humanity,in Greek mythology, there are the daimones, described by Hesiod as spirits placed by Zeus to watch over mortals, observing their acts and judgments, the ...
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Are there analogues of Chaos in mythologies other than Greek?

In Norse mythology, there is Ginnungagap, the "Yawning Void" into which the world was created. According to the Gylfaginning (translation), in the north of Ginnungagap was the cold Niflheim, ...
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Are there analogues of Chaos in mythologies other than Greek?

primordial, undifferentiated substance from which everything begins So, the Cosmic or Primordial Soup? Primordial soup, also known as, primordial goo, primordial ooze, prebiotic soup and prebiotic ...
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Are there any examples of gods or people boasting of their ability to engage in multiple acts of sex in succession?

*NOTE: MATURE CONTENT The story of Enkidu and Shamhat from The Epic of Gilgamesh comes to mind. Enkidu is considered a "wild man" in the sense that he lived alongside animals following his ...
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