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Does Greek mythology list a calendar date for creation?

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 ...
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Who created the Primordials?

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 ...
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What are the origins of the snowman?

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 ...
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What is the oldest known religious song/chant?

Religious song is likely as old as religion or song. The Standard of Ur dated to the 26th century BCE, shows someone playing a harp: . (Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain, my highlighting). ...
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What are the origins of the snowman?

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 ...
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Where does the idea that dragons hoard gold come from?

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 ...
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Who was the first Satan like deity/creature/person in mythology?

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 ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

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 ...
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Is there any explanation in greek mythology for the creation of Uranus and Gaea?

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 ...
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Where did the Easter Islanders come from, according to their own myths?

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). ...
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Is there any explanation in greek mythology for the creation of Uranus and Gaea?

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 ...
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What mythology is the story of Alduin The World Eater and The Dragonborn (as seen in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim) based on?

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 ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

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 ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

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 ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

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 ...
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What was the more prominent of Ra's origins stories?

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 ...
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Who created the Primordials?

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 ...
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What is the origin of the centaurs?

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 ...
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What is the earliest ghost story we know of?

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 ...
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Character that created themself?

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 ...
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What is the connection between Poseidon and horses?

I can't find a classical source for this, but from what I understand it's related to the myth of the founding of Athens and the competition Poseidon had with Athena over who would be the city's patron....
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What cultures have myths related to the origin of aurora phenomena?

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: ...
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What is the origin of Krampus?

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 ...
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What is the folkloristic origin of cats having 9 lives?

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. ...
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What is the origin of the story that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole?

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)...
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What is the inspiration behind the dark forest in Dante?

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 ...
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Why can't vampires walk in the sun?

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 ...
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