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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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Does Baba Yaga ever desire the heart of Koschei the Deathless?

I've been re-reading Fables and Reflections, the sixth volume of The Sandman, and in the story title "The Hunt", I stumbled upon the following dialogue: The story is full of Slavic folk lore, being ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why did Heracles transform into a fawn, during the gods flight to Egypt?

In some tellings of Typhon's revolt, the gods take animal forms and flee to Egypt in panic. The version in the Metamorphoses of Antoninus Liberalis references Nicander of Colophon and explicitly ...
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Whence comes the association of Leprechauns with rainbows?

In the modern day, leprechauns are usually associated with a highly rigid depiction: wearing green, hat, buckled shoes, red beard, pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Some parts of this may come ...
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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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Who is the Greek king Brynhild fought?

In chapter 27 of the Saga of the Völsungs, Brynhild brags of having been in battles with a king of Greeks: She answered in heavy mood from her seat, whereas she sat like unto swan on billow, having ...
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Is there any significance to Baile's Strand as the setting for Cúchulainn's duel with his son?

Particularly geographical, historical, folkloric or linguistic connections. I certainly can't find any such location on the map although there are a few coastal towns in Ulster that begin with "...

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