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What are the differences between Shakuna, Sundara, Rukma and Tripura Vimana flying machines?

On Wikipedia page we can read: Vimāna is a mythological flying palace or chariot described in Hindu texts and Sanskrit epics. Early 20th-century sanskrit Vaimānika Śāstra claim that the vimānas ...
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How did Masih ad-Dajjal lose his eye?

In Islamic eschatology, Masih ad-Dajjal is a one eyed false messiah: Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said. "While I was sleeping, I saw myself (in a dream) performing Tawaf ...
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How did Vayu the wind god start being associated with Vishnu?

There are three prominent Hindu philosophies today: Advaita or monism, Dvaita or dualism, and Visistadvaita or qualified monism. Now the chief exponent of Dvaita was the 13th century philosopher ...
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Why did the Lli and Archen rivers flood, separating Ireland and Britain?

In the second branch of the Mabinogion, King Bendigeidfran and his men travel from Britain ("the Island of the Mighty", or Ynys Y Kedeirn), intent on avenging the punishment of his sister, Branwen, at ...
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Why does archaic mythic literature undercut its own pretensions to explain origins?

The myth of Prometheus is commonly understood to account for how humanity first came to possess fire. Likewise the mythic content of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter is commonly understood to account for ...
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Why does Dante spend so much time in Malebolge?

Dante spends thirteen cantos in Malebolge, the eighth circle of Hell. This is a lot longer than he spends with any other circle. Why do the sinners in this circle get so much of his attention?
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What is the source for this legend about baking virgin's blood into breads?

Rabbi Solomon ibn Verga writes the following in his work Shevet Yehuda (Ch. 7): A temple of Lucifer/Venus had a statue with a phallic device which was used to deflower virgins brought in for that ...
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Does the Prose Edda have a Hungarian translation?

This question is cross-posted at hu.wikipedia where it's also on-topic, because that site has some mythology enthusiasts. Does the Prose Edda have a translation to Hungarian? If it does, please ...
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What were the original names of Mochdref, Mochtref, Mochnant and Mochtref?

In the fourth branch of the Mabinogion, Gwydion and company move through the areas surrounding the court of Dryfed after receiving pigs from Pryderi: That night they made it as far as the uplands ...
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Was the killing of an albatross being bad luck fabricated or real nautical mythology?

While reading The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere i got interested in the part of the albatross. ‘God save thee, ancient Mariner! From the fiends, that plague thee thus!-- Why look’st thou so?’-...
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Was the moon god Libulan resurrected?

Libulan is a moon God of the Visayan pantheon. His story is roughly something like this: Kaptan is said to be the father of Lihangin, the god of the wind, while Magwayen sired the goddess of the ...
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What does Nausicaa symbolize in the Odyssey?

There was an interesting question in Lit regarding the meaning of her name, and in my research, I came across some interesting speculation on Nausikaa's distinctness. For instance, she is the one ...
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Traditional beliefs regarding guardians of burial grounds

Many years ago (the mid-1980s) someone described to me a belief that a Christian burial ground was guarded by the spirit of the most recently interred body. For this reason, when a burial ground was ...
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What is the significance of Peradur asking about (or not asking about) the bloodied spear?

In the story Peradur in the Mabinogion, Peradur is told by his Uncle not to ask questions if he sees anything strange, unless someone explains the strange thing to him. Leave, then, the habits and ...
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What more uses are there for dragon parts?

I read this article that tries to describe all things one could do with the body parts and blood of the dragon: The Uses of Dragon Parts in Mythology and Folklore Does anyone here know of other uses ...

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