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I'm afraid they do not. It should be noted that even the Hebrew scriptures, probably the only ones I can think of that has a date of creation so closely tied to generations of men, is not really precise, for a generation is not a precise number. However, some ancient Greeks did try to come up with dates for certain mythological events, particularly the ...


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Chaos is the primeval void, the starting point in Hesiod's theogony. No one created it, it just came to be: Tell how at the first gods and earth came to be, and rivers, and the boundless sea with its raging swell, and the gleaming stars, and the wide heaven above, and the gods who were born of them, givers of good things, and how they divided their ...


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Snowmen were a phenomenon in the Middle Ages, built with great skill and thought. At a time of limited means of expression, snow was like free art supplies dropped from the sky. It was a popular activity for couples to stroll through town to view the temporary works of chilly art. Some were created by famous artists, including a 19-year-old Michelangelo, who ...


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Bob Eckstein is the author of a the book The History of the Snowman. In the book, he says that the first documentation of a snowman that he found was in 1380 in an illuminated manuscript, where he also notes building a snowman was a popular form of entertainment in the Middle Ages. The building of snowmen certainly began long before the 14th century. Both ...


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Salt has had a strong significance in a lot of different religions for millennia. I believe that salt used for the explicit purpose of repelling demons originates from Buddhism or Shintoism, where salt is used to purify/sanctify a places and ward off evil spirits. I think Supernatural draws from the Wiccan culture for its usage of salt though, as Wiccan ...


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Well, before Gaea and Uranus there were a few gods, but not many. In the Greek story of creation it says In the beginning there was only Chaos. Then out of the void appeared Erebus, the unknowable place where death dwells, and Night. All else was empty, silent, endless, dark. Then, Love was born bringing along the beginning of order. From Love emerged ...


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From Wikipedia: Hau-Maka had a dream in which his spirit traveled to a far country, to help look for new land for King Hotu Matu'a. He traveled to the Mata ki te rangi ('Eyes that look to the sky). The island has also been called "Te pito o te henua", which means "the Center of the Earth." Both islands are commonly said to be Easter Island. When Hau-...


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The Colchian dragon isn't the only dragon protecting treasure in Greek mythology. A couple more examples: Ladon guarded the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides, Python guarded the centre of the earth at Delphi, and Ares assigned a dragon to protect his sacred spring near Thebes (look up the myths of Cadmus). However, if you are looking for a ...


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The site that michaelpri gives is incorrect. Here is the relevant passage in Hesiod, starting at line 116: First Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Earth (Gaia), the ever-sure foundations of all the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy Olympus, and dim Tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth, and Love (Eros), fairest among the deathless ...


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Elder Scrolls Lore This passage is for people wanting to know a little bit about Skyrim lore. Skyrim is the 5th official game in the Elder Scrolls series (I do not count the other games and spin-off novels and such) The Elder Scrolls is situated in Tamriel in a typical Medieval fantasy setting (So you will find orcs, elves, and dwarves). Skyrim is a ...


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This is a complex question, and entire books have been written on it. The modern conception of Satan is a mixture of qualities arising from paganism (horns, etc.) but the conception of Satan as evil in the Christian sense almost certainly arises from Zoroastrianism in the form of Ahriman. To unpack this, consider Hades Diis. Lord of the underworld, yes. ...


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Salt is a preservative. The Tarim Mummies were preserved in salt for 4000 years. If you pack meat in salt it will not rot. (Because it sucks all the water out and kills any bacteria. Water is necessary for life.) Since people could not see microscopic organisms before the invention of microscopes rot, decay, and putrefaction were associated with evil ...


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Why is salt associated with repelling of demons? This seems like an almost impossible question to answer. The origins are very obscure. Firstly, what does salt symbolize? Judeo-Christian traditions considered salt a purifier, and the symbol of the eternal nature of God’s covenant with Israel. There are more than 30 references to salt in the Old and New ...


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Salt is a natural cleanser, and can be used to scour out pots, as toothpaste, to remove rust, etc. (See this page for more.) So it's not a big leap from there to supernatural cleansing. As for salting and burning the bones, a parallel custom was burning a conquered city and salting the ground, so nothing would grow there. The Romans supposedly did this with ...


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It may not be possible to trace the exact origins of the phrase that a cat had nine lives. Nevertheless there are a few sources from which we can find a possible origin of cats having nine lives. First of all, it may have an Egyptian (and thus the oldest believed) origin as the following statement reveals: The old belief that a cat has nine lives goes ...


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The reason for the discrepancy is that Egyptian mythology was not unified even four thousand years ago. There were four major cities, each with their own stories. The egg creation myth is that of the city of Hermopolis, that you've already cited above. Ogdoad is the name of the 8 divine entities of that city's faith. Heliopolis had a different ...


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In Orphic cosmogony, which is a somewhat more esoteric version of the mainstream Olympian accounts, Khaos [Chaos] emerged from or was given birth by a being named Aion [Aeon], who is mentioned by Quintus of Smyrna and Nonnus of Panopolis. In modern English, Aion is very frequently translated "Eternity," even though this not really what the word originally ...


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Pliny the Younger tells the story of a haunted house in Athens, featuring the stoic Athenodorus Cananites, in his letter to Sura: Now the following story, which I am going to tell you just as I heard it, is it not more terrible than the former, while quite as wonderful? There was at Athens a large and roomy house, which had a bad name, so that no one ...


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This might be a lot more common than you'd think. Many examples come from creation myths, perhaps because having a creator at all begs the obvious question, "who created the creator?" One solution is to declare the creator eternal. The other is a self-created deity. For instance, the creator god in ǃKung mythology called ≠Gao!na: ≠Gao!na created himself; ...


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In Chukchee mythology, according to Bogoras (1907), the Aurora Borealis is made of the spirits of the people who died a violent death. Some of them are playing soccer in the sky with a walrus head: The Aurora Borealis is chiefly the place of abode for those who die a sudden or violent death. The whitish spots are the people who died from contagious ...


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From the origins of Krampus, Europe's evil twist on Santa: "Krampus himself historically comes around the night of December 5, tagging along with St. Nicholas. He visits houses all night with his saintly pal. While St. Nick is on hand to put candy in the shoes of good kids and birch twigs in the shoes of the bad, Krampus' particular specialty is punishing ...


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Complicated Well, it definitely doesn't claim to be folklore at all, it was just in a book by Thomas Nast. (Linked full size image is over 7 MiB; Wikimedia Commons page; image is in the public domain) Santaclausville, N[orth] P[ole] Another example related to Nast is by George P. Webster: "His home through the long summer months, you must know, Is ...


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The metaphor was (probably) inspired partly by Medieval literature (courtly or theological) and partly by Virgil's works, for example the "Georgics" that, in part, discusses the myth of Orpheus, who attempted to rescue his dead lover Eurydice from the Underworld. Besides this, as was already said in a comment, Dante could be influenced by the Italian ...


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Centaurs are borne from a cloud nymph named Nemphele and the Lapith king Ixion. The story goes like this: Ixion is a terrible person, and deceitfully invites some poor dude to a "banquet" where he makes the person fall into a pit. (this is from memory) Zeus takes pity (from him being a murderer), and decides to purify him by inviting Ixion to his own ...


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We should perhaps first note that vampires are hardly the only creatures that can not stand sunlight; it is a common attribute among mystical creatures that they only appear at night, and that some of them die in sunlight (we can take as examples Grendel of Beowulf, and the Chinese jiangshi, a creature that originally was a reanimated corpse that died when ...


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Well, it depends. A big problem here is that the sources are not entirely clear on the classification of different non-humans. Thus, what in modern minds (perhaps influenced by role playing games) are differing monsters, such as giants and trolls, are sometimes indistinguishable in Norse sources. Thus, depending on your interpretation, there are at least ...


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As @Codosaur Pointed out, Satan is a character that rises up against the supreme deity of the mythology. I would add that in the Christian rligion, he comes by many names I'll start a list here and we'll try to explain some of their signification: Lord of the underworld / Lord of Hell / Lord of this World: Satan is supposed to rule over hell, so the ...


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