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What do the "runes" on this pendant say?

Sorry to say, it's actually nothing more than the Elder Futhark, the eldest of the runic alphabets. You can read more on it on Wikipedia. A good giveaway that it doesn't "say" anything is the lack of ...
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Why is rape featured so prominently in Greek mythology?

Preface: This subject is complicated by changing social standards. Forced marriage has been routinely practiced around the world into the contemporary era, depending on the society. (This is a major ...
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What is the meaning of not giving clothes to supernatural helpers?

The following quotes are taken from Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns and Goblins - An Encyclopedia, by Carol Rose (highly recommended). In the entry for Brownies: Families were proud of their ...
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What is the meaning of the star symbols appearing on seal VA 243?

My name is Emerson C Velloso, and this is my archaeoastronomical contribution to Professor Michael S Heiser: The man seated is Ninurta, He's not only the God of the Farmers and Plow, He is also the ...
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What is the symbolism behind Psyche's tasks?

The beautiful mind (soul) only finds pleasure (happiness) in unconditional love (heart). The heart (unconditional love) likewise only finds happiness (pleasure) in the soul (beautiful mind). ...
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What do the "runes" on this pendant say?

As others said, the symbols spell the runic alphabet from the Elder Futhark. They circle Yggdrasil, the mythical tree that connects the nine worlds in Norse cosmology, where Odin hung himself in order ...
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Why would turning clothes inside-out keep the Faerie away?

Turn your cloaks / For fairy folks / Are in old oaks - Old English saying I couldn't find a definitive explanation of why this legend happens. What I have ascertained is that it turns up absolutely ...
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What do the "runes" on this pendant say?

This is literally the Elder Futhark runic alphabet spelled out. In other words it's the equivalent of "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ"
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What scripture describes humans as being morally superior to angels?

From the video: “A certain scripture mentions that humans are superior beings to angels." The character misunderstands the scriptural reference - it refers to Jesus, not to humans generally. (Though ...
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What is the meaning of the star symbols appearing on seal VA 243?

Nope. Not even close (okay, a little bit). According to my source, the symbol is actually a star (just one). It looks kinda confusing like a solar system or a Sun. To make a Sun, you must at least ...
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Why is Gylfe trying to deceit his way into Asgard?

Here is the way the whole story after the plowing of Denmark by Gefjun is summarized in another work by Snorri Struluson, the Ynglinga Saga: Now when Odin heard that things were in a prosperous ...
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What is the meaning of the star symbols appearing on seal VA 243?

Something I never see mentioned concerning this seal and the "solar system" is why only including Pluto makes no sense. Since you can't see all the planets with the naked eye, I believe the idea is ...
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Why is rape featured so prominently in Greek mythology?

While I agree with much of what has been written already, I think there is one obvious aspect that has not been directly expressed. There's a lot of rape in Greek myth because rape happened a lot. The ...
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What is the symbolism behind Psyche's tasks?

I see the stages of spiritual awakening reflected in each labor: Stage I: Labor of Sorting Seeds - Beginning. Journey of intentionally creating internal order through disciplined action with an aim. ...
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Why was the Greek deity of warfare and wisdom (Athena) female, and how did the Greeks rationalize this?

Athena was more or less the counterpart of Ares in all things (also in gender). For one, Ares was hated to the point where Zeus called Ares a whining double faced liar who is most hateful of all gods ...
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What is the meaning of the inscriptions on Baphomet arms?

"Solve et coagula" is the principle underlying alchemy: dissolve materials to their constituents and re-assemble these into something else. Fulcanelli writes of this quote: If you know how to ...
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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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What is the meaning of the star symbols appearing on seal VA 243?

Apparently, either my research jiu-jitsu is flawed, or the first cylinder is a forgery. First of all, it does not resemble any of the Cuneiform writings that are historically known, secondarily there ...
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Are there any stories or fables in mythology that have an anarchist message?

If memory serves, Mikhail Bakunin was particularly fond of the story of Prometheus, the Titan of forethought. Prometheus defied the Olympians (the ruling class), stole fire from Zeus (the king) and ...
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Are there any stories or fables in mythology that have an anarchist message?

An anarchist message can be found in Antigone's refusal to abide by King Creon's decree to leave her brother unburied, as dramatized in the play "Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus. Interestingly, ...
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A unified understanding and description of a "spirit"?

Let me try to answer your question by example of Eastern mythology and philosophy as I'm most familiar with those academically. The origin of much the confusion is that the first translations from ...
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What is the significance of the very long time Völsung spent in the womb?

The long pregnancy is probably to underline how unnatural the whole thing was: Völsung's father Rerir made several failed attempt to impregnate his wife, but only succeeded after being given a magical ...
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What is the meaning behind Amaterasu-ōmikami meaning what it does?

Re: Why "august" It's a function of translation into European languages. It comes from the Latin usage: augustus and was a title employed initially by Octavian, who was deified after his death. I'm ...
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What does Hesiod mean by "babies will be born with gray hair" in the Iron Age?

I believe this version is a bit more illuminating. Grey at birth seems to imply by the surrounding text to mean a belief they are mature before their time. Thereafter, would that I were not among ...
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Aoife and Cu Chulainn

I basically answer this question from the sources in another question here so I'll modify it for your question. Aoife is a warrior woman who Cú's teacher Scáthach seems to have an ongoing feud with: ...
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What is the meaning of the inscriptions on Baphomet arms?

This probably derives from the Greek coinage spagyria, which itself is supposed to come from 'σπάω' and 'ἀγείρω.' These words roughly correspond to "solve" and "coagula," or divide and join. This ...
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What did Jason mean in Euripides Medea by saying what use do you have of children?

I think it's more along the lines of Jason needing children to continue his 'noble line', the implied insult being that Medea has no noble line and therefore no need to have children. As Medea is the ...
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