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Why was Europe named after Europa?

As with other Greco-Roman myths, the connection is often through children, descendants or other family members. While Europa herself does not seem to have made it to the continental mainland, her ...
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Is there a deeper meaning to Utgard-Loki, Loki, and Logi?

The only thing in common is the spelling. LOK in Norse means - The end, or to lock the end. So Loki would be who everyone goes to when they die. UTGARD in Norse, from the wiki means - Outyards or ...
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Why is Athena "gray eyed"?

The word γλαυκῶπις shares its root with γλαύξ, the word for owl. Owls are known for their large and distinctive eyes, which are adapted for low light hunting. Thus, I believe the epithet is a ...
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Regarding Centaur's myth and etymology

Questions about etymology most often lead to literature in various languages. The wikipedia article mentions the (more or less) established view but for lack of translations it appears as unrealiable, ...
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Etymology of "charming" ("Encantadora" in spanish) seeing from the Greek mythology point of view

Unfortunately, your Spanish teacher was wrong. Look under Lewis and Short II.C to see that canere (the ultimate root of enchant > incantare > in + cantare = frequentative of canere) was often used in ...
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Etymology of "charming" ("Encantadora" in spanish) seeing from the Greek mythology point of view

I can find no other story than the Sirens. They agree with the above by all aspects, that is: Their father is either Acheloos (the river god) or Forkys (a sea deity) and their mother is either Chthon ...
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What is the origin of the Hippogriff?

According to the Wikipedia entry in anonymous's Google search link, the hippogriff was first mentioned by the ancient Roman poet Virgil, in his Ecologues. (Book VIII) He doesn't give the creature a ...
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Where did the myth about the sword in the stone originate?

There is an alternate explanation based on Roman conscripts in Roman Britain from Eastern Europe that the Romans credited with introducing the Stirrup to the Roman Cavalry. The defeated province in ...
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Cultural association between directions and colors

In recent time the association seems to have been generally dismissed but not so long ago it was credible. Roland B. Dixon, The Color-Symbolism of the Cardinal Points, J. of American Folklore, V. 12, ...
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Why is easter called 'easter'?

"Ostern" the german word for Easter actually has the same etymology as the english term (citing the German wiki page): "Das neuhochdeutsche Ostern und das englische Easter haben die gleiche ...
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Why is easter called 'easter'?

Many have said that it comes from the goddess Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. I had actually thought that Easter came directly from worship from her, because ...
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Why is Athena "gray eyed"?

The currently preferred view of Greek etymologists is that γλαύξ "owl" and the colour-adjective γλαυκός (in Homer the colour of the sea, later generally “grey”) are not etymologically connected. If ...
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Why is Athena "gray eyed"?

It depends, as Yannis said, on the translation. Wikipedia says: In Homer's epic works, Athena's most common epithet is Glaukopis (γλαυκῶπις), which usually is translated as, "bright-eyed" or "...
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Ancient celtic-iberian deity roughly named "Pecosuosucivo"

This name doesn't seem Celtic. It could be derived from vulgar Latin based on: Pecus (guard) suos (acc. plural oneself) succentīvus ([those]around) or Pecus (guard) suos (acc. plural oneself) su (...
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Why was Europe named after Europa?

Zeus kidnapped Europa and took her from Greece, to an island across the sea in lust. The people of her kingdom(she was a princess) freaked out and tried to find her but they never came across the ...
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Is there a deeper meaning to Utgard-Loki, Loki, and Logi?

Logi means, as pointed out above, fire, so that is explained. Loki and Uthgarda Loki are, however, more open to debate. There is a theory these days that when Snorri Sturlusson wrote the mythology ...
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Why is Athena "gray eyed"?

If the word for "grey-eyed" and "owl" share a linguistic history, then the correct translation would be "bright-eyed" since literally it would read, "with the eyes of an owl" which generally fall in ...
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What is the relationship between the term 'hermit' and the traditions around Hermes and Hermeticism?

The 'h" in hermit is unetymological, in Dutch for example we still say "eremiet", not "heremiet". The word is not etymologically linked to Hermes.
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Word to mean unwise/foolish coming from the idea of being untravelled?

You are probably thinking of Icelandic heimskur "stupid, foolish", which comes from Old Norse heimskr "foolish, silly; who has never been from home" (from ON heima "home")...
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Ancient celtic-iberian deity roughly named "Pecosuosucivo"

The highest deity in the male trias in various Indo-European mythologies has a similar name : Slavic Perun (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perun) Baltic Perkunas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perk%C5%...
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What is the relationship between the term 'hermit' and the traditions around Hermes and Hermeticism?

Just to expand on what Codosaur said, here's the Etymonline link: early 12c., "religious recluse, one who dwells apart in a solitary place for religious meditation," from Old French hermit, ...
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Why is Athena "gray eyed"?

Mythic authors didn't just use etymology, but used paronomasia, parallel naming employing names that are parallel by meaning, or by visual, or, phonetic structure. Athena is Grey-eyed because olives ...
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Why is Athena "gray eyed"?

Lately I have been reading terence McKenna. He thinks there is a connection between glaucous (meaning blue gray) and rituals. He suggests that there is a connection between the blue gray color of the ...

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