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Did any Greek mythological hero father a son who surpassed him in fame?
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If you only look at the greatest Greek heroes, yes, of course their offspring don't surpass them. They are the greatest heroes, after all. I mean, Telemachus is no slouch, but you're comparing him to ...

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Who did Adam and Eve's son Cain marry?
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To address the claim that Cain moved away and then found his wife, this simply isn't stated in the text. Perhaps the confusion is on the phrasing. Genesis 4:16-17 doesn't say that Cain met his wife ...

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Who were the weapons-makers for the Norse gods?
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Dwarfs, mostly. Some particular examples: Gungnir: created by the Sons of Ivaldi (Prose Edda, p 145) Loki went to those dwarves who are called Ívaldi's Sons; and they made the hair, and ...

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Is Mjolnir actually capable of flying back into Thor's hand like a boomerang after being thrown?
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Yes, it seems so. In the Prose Edda, when Thor is presented with the hammer by Brokkr, this property is in the description (Page 147, here): Then he gave the hammer to Thor, and said that Thor ...

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What differences were there in Greek soldiers worship of Ares and Roman soldiers worship of Mars?
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They couldn't be much more different, really. Ares was part of a dichotomy of war gods, comprised of himself and Athena. While Athena represented wisdom, strategy and generalship in war, Ares ...

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Odin's Counterpart
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The key point here is Roman Syncretism. The romans believed the world was full of different gods, and they didn't presume to know about all of them, or to know everything about the ones they already ...

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Why does Ishtar go to the underworld?
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The Descent of Inanna (Ishtar) was unearthed from 1889 - 1900, but as far as I can tell, it wasn't really considered that well reconstructed until around the 1940s or later. Early published versions ...

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Pegasus and the Hydra - Is there a Myth behind this Painting?
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To expand on C. M. Weimer's explanation, it may be that the monster depicted at the bottom is indeed Chimera. This seems to be a subject that Redon was well acquainted with. A writeup from an ...

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Who were Aphrodite's parents?
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The story of her being born from Ouranos severed member is from Hesiod's Theogony: And so soon as he had cut off the members with flint and cast them from the land into the surging sea, they were ...

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What did Cuchulainn's warp spasm look like?
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Hulking out is a fairly appropriate comparison to the riastrad, or warp spasm, as Kinsella put it, but far more monstrous than just green-tinged and well-muscled. Massively muscled, lower legs twisted ...

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What parallels are there beween the myths of Atlantis and Mu?
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The biggest one, to my mind, is that neither of them are really mythological, per se. Atlantis was a fictional island made up by Plato. It serves as the fictional antagonist to Plato's ideal state ...

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How were djinn traditionally depicted in pre-Islamic Arabic myth?
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I'm drawing my information for this answer from my reading of the doctoral dissertation of Amira El-Zein, titled "The Evolution of the Concept of the Jinn from Pre-Islam to Islam". I have attempted ...

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Was the Mjölnir usable by only the worthy?
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As your quote shows, the story of it's creation makes no such specification. If stealing it qualifies as "using" (I believe, in the the Marvel universe, simply lifting the hammer qualifies), the ...

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Why was Medusa the only mortal of the Gorgons?
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I believe there is simply no clear explanation offered for this. Two sources I'm aware of make reference to the mortality of Medusa. They are: Hesiod, Theogony, 276 Gorgons who dwell beyond ...

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What is the moral of the myth of Icarus?
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I think we can probably rule out the story being warning against flight, being that no one was building aircraft at the time, or for quite some time thereafter. Icarus's fall is a warning about ...

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Exactly how did Asclepius cure death?
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Ovid's account provides one explanation, as in @Yannis's answer. Others provide a number of different explanations. For instance, one explanation has the blood of a Gorgon being used: For he [...

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Why do Mormons believe Quetzalcoatl (and other American deities) are actually Christ?
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Firstly, the idea that Quetzalcoatl is, in fact, Jesus Christ, is not official LDS Church doctrine, and neither does the comparison feature particularly critically in the faith of the typical Mormon, ...

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Which mythologies had demigods?
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The word "Demigod" does not necessarily refer to the offspring of a god and a mortal. It's also used to refer to deified mortals, or even just minor deities. Word choice aside, yes, the phenomenon ...

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Prevalence of Underwater Panther
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The underwater panther is indeed a very widespread figure. Ancient Objects and Sacred Realms: Interpretations of Mississippian Iconography has a section titled "The Forms of the Underwater Powers", ...

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In Leviticus, who or what is Azazel?
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In Aron Pinker's article "A Goat for Azazel", in the Journal of Hewbrew Scriptures, he suggests Azazel (עזאזל), was originally it's homophone עזזאל, or "Powerful God", residing in ...

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Why is the staff of medicine symbolised by Hermes's staff, Caduceus?
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Indeed it should be, and quite often is. Most academic institutions and medical journals get it right, for instance, as well as most organizations overall outside the USA. Some notable examples: ...

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Did Frigg cheat on Odin?
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Well, your telling is pretty distorted, but there is a story of Odin's brothers taking possession of his wife, Frigg. From the Ynglinga Saga, Chapter 3: Odin had two brothers, the one called Ve, the ...

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What demons/fabulous creatures did the Sumerians mention?
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A couple come to mind, though, of course, I make no claim I can provide anything like a complete list: Tiamat - Primodial ocean goddess, Antagonist to Marduk in the Enuma Elish. Lilitu / Lillith - ...

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What does Gilgamesh's title "He Who Saw the Deep" mean?
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How that word, here translated as "deep", should be translated is a somewhat contentious issue. The word is nagbu, and there appear to be two main translations to consider. Totality, all things ...

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Why does Inanna rejoice at her wondrous vulva?
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Doing some more reading, I found that Wolkstein does provide some information on this bit of text, which expresses a similar meaning to @Dolda2000's answer: In Sumerian, the word for sheepfold, ...

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How many Great Gods did the Sumerians have?
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The source of the claim of twelve great gods comes from a book titled "The Chaldean Account of Genesis" by George Smith, written in 1876. You can see the list in Chapter 4, here: http://wisdomlib....

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Why are the Wondjina mouthless?
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There are a number of explanations that have been provided for it. It seems that which is correct depends on the location and storyteller. Attempting to come to a single conclusion that can be ...

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Are there any other gods that permanently had an eye removed, other than Odin?
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Perhaps the Graeae bear mentioning. The Graeae were 2-4 sisters who only had one eye (and one tooth) to share between them. There is not any indication that means there was ever a loss of another 3-...

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Anyone know what this symbol means?
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Looks like the Adinkra "Aya" (fern) symbol: Adinkra is not Egyptian, though. It originates from the Ashanti and Baoulé peoples, in the neighborhood of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire (respectively).

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What was the first example of a "Only true love can awake" in folklore?
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Yes, the Grimm brothers tale is based on earlier works and folklore. As a rule, the Grimm brothers fairy tales were all existing folk tales. The Sleeping Beauty (which I'm focusing on instead of Snow ...

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