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Has the mind's eye always been seen as residing in the head?

Our modern representations of imagination usually involve things being emitted from or contained within our heads. (Thought bubbles, for example, and the many pieces of "imagination" clip-art where ...
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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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Star islands in Egyptian cosmology

Among the phenomena they describe is the Milky Way, which the Egyptians called "the beaten path of stars". Like other parts of the sky, it could be navigated by boat, and was apparently viewed as a ...
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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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Sekhmet with the crown of Hathor?

In the astronomical ceiling of the tomb of Seti (KV17) one of the columns is denoted by the figure of Sekhmet wearing the crown of Hathor as below: What does this signify? Although Sekhmet is ...
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Why does Gilgamesh kill Urshanabi's stone men?

In Tablet X of The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh smashes the stone men that crew Ur-shanabi's boat. They took fright, the Stone [Ones, who crewed] the boat, who were not [harmed by the ...
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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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Is there a source for Māui pushing up the sky because he saw that humans were suffering?

While researching this answer, I came across two different versions of why Māui pushed up the sky: either to impress a girl with his power, or because he saw that humans were suffering. But... the ...
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How are Taweret and Nephthys related?

When I compare the two Egyptian goddesses Nephthys and Taweret, I see a number of parallels, but I also see distinct differences. Consider: Both are associated with childbirth, but whereas Nephthys ...
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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 are some Amazigh/Berber gods considered Greek gods?

I live in Morocco and as you know Moroccans are Amazighs (Berbers), and our ancestors worshiped a sea god who was called Poseidon, as Herodotus stated: [..]these I think received their naming from ...
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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 origin of horse brasses depicting sun, moon, star, and wheel?

In England and other countries, many shire, cart and parade horses carry brasses, which often depict the sun, the crescent moon, a star, or a wheel. When did these designs first appear on horse ...

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