Tom Sol
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God/Goddess of clones or duplicates
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To answer your question if there is a god specifically for clones, the answer would be no. Since there was no such thing as cloning in ancient times they did not have a deity or creature for it (just ...

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Are there any myths about rational beings (except gods/immaterial beings) that walked the earth before humans?
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I know one for certain, the pre-adamite Jinn in Islamic mythology. A Jinn is an invisible entity, created by God out of a "mixture of fire" or "smokeless fire", who roamed the earth before Adam. ...

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What is the relationship between Thor and storms?
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The 11th century Christian missionary Adam of Bremen wrote, "Thor, they say, presides over the air, he governs the thunder and lightning. the winds and rains." The Norse believed that ...

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Why was Hephaestus ugly?
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Hephaestus’ ugly appearance and lameness is taken by some to represent peripheral neuropathy and skin cancer resulting from arsenicosis caused by arsenic exposure from metalworking. Bronze age smiths ...

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Why is it lucky to touch or knock on wood?
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To make sure your vessel is seaworthy. Sailors in the 17th century would sometimes knock with their hands or tools on the wooden hull of their ship to listen for woodworm or rot, hearing a solid ...

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Zombies and ways of stopping them?
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Jiang Shi meaning "Stiff Corpse" is a kind of zombie from Chinese Mythology. The Jiang Shi can be stopped by throwing rice or coins on the ground, as they will not pursue their target until they ...

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What is this Norse symbol?
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I can notice 3 kinds of symbols (anarchy, Venus or gold, and silver or the crescent moon of Islam) in an overal feel of a Ægishjálmur (Helm of Awe) or Vegvísir. Anarchy The A enclosed in a circle is ...

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How did Atenism explain night-time?
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Atenism offers a very good example of the exclusivity of presence. We find it in the moment of dawn and dusk. The religious ideas with which Akhenaten grew up were those of the New Solar Theology. It ...

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Did Narcissus have a twin sister?
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The ancient Greek writer and geographer Pausanias recorded a variant of the well know story of Narcissus falling in love with himself, in which Narcissus falls in love with his twin sister rather than ...

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Have powerful mythological heroes ever run away or been deeply afraid?
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Ares the god of war Although in literature Ares represents the violent and physical untamed aspect of war, the last thing you would think is that the god of war is a coward. In Homer's version of ...

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Was a sneeze seen as an omen in ancient Greece?
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Xenophon's Anabasis Reading Xenophon's Anabasis the sneeze of a soldier in his army while giving a speech was interpreted as a clear sign of the god(s), in this case the god in question was Zeus Soter ...

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Why was the Greek deity of warfare and wisdom (Athena) female, and how did the Greeks rationalize this?
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Athena was more or less the counterpart of Ares in all things (also in gender). For one, Ares was hated to the point where Zeus called Ares a whining double faced liar who is most hateful of all gods ...

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What is an Half Angel Half Demon?
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The Grim Reaper is a possible candidate. He or She is more or less a “neutral” entity, who works for both God and the Devil. Doing his or her job. That’s the only creature (as far as I know) I can ...

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What were medieval European myths about redheads?
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witchcraft Red hair was a sign of witchcraft in Christian Europe and it was said that it was often seen as a marker of guilt in the eyes of witch finders. There are many examples of redheads being ...

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Does the Abrahamic God smite people with lightning?
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For this answer to work you will need the entire story of Job and his struggles, which is why I have included all of Job 1. I like it because it is the first poetic book in the Old Testament of the ...

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When did the Cross of Saint Peter start being used as a Satanic symbol?
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The earliest one I could find was Eugène Vintras(page only available in french) . Vintras was a French Gnostic revivalist from the around the middle of the 19th century (1807–1875). He preached the ...

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Why was the Aztec god Xolotl associated with Venus?
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Xolotl and Quetzalcoatl Xolotl was the twin brother of Quetzalcoatl, and where both associated with the twin phases of Venus as evening and morning star. In their roles as evening and morning star ...

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Are there any common concepts in Egypt and Norse mythology / civilization?
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Jörmungandr and Apep 1-2 They Both try to/or destroy creation where not worshipped but feared. Are great(huge) serpents.(although in some stories Apep is portrayed as a crocodile) Both are believed ...

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When does a religion become mythology?
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On the subject of definition. Religion deals with the establishment of certain ideas that prove the existence of superhuman powers in the form of God or Gods. It educates the individual with the ...

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Is this stylized version of the world turtle part of any known lore?
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To add on the answer by @Gullintani. The middle sigil is Odins enchanted spear Gungnir. From the 18th century Icelandic manuscript NKS 1867 4to

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Does the cap of Hades keep one's accessories hidden?
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In Homer's Illiad, in the conflict between Athena and Ares, Athena puts on the cap and becomes completely invisible to Ares. Then Pallas Athene grasped the lash and the reins, and against Ares first ...

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Are there mythological examples of a friendship between people who fundamentally disagree?
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Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Gilgamesh was the king in/of Uruk of southern Babylonia and known as an autocratic, tyrant and abuser of his powers as king. While not a very nice way to start the story with a ...

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What was the oak branch of Dodona (within Argo) called?
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Koraki in Greek is κοράκι meaning crow or raven. Noticing other articles on that site the authors name is on top just like the "koraki". It's probably a made up name used to make the story ...

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What is the earliest story of a mortal killing a god?
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Since demigods are allowed I propose Herakles (accidentally) killing Kheirôn/Chiron. Kheirôn was the immortal son of the Titan Kronos and therefore a half-brother of Zeus. When Herakles was battling ...

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Did Sif (the Norse Goddess) ever become a Warrior in mythology?
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wip Do know that as good as everything we know of Norse mythology comes from writers after the Christianization of Scandinavia so I can't write about any older myths (this might be my shortcoming ...

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Were there cooks for the gods on Olympus in Greek(or Roman) Mythology
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Hebe Hebe was the cup-bearer and poured ambrosia and nectar of the gods. You might know her better as the wife of Hercules, who upon his ascension to Mount Olympus "got" her from his enemy and her ...

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Which cultures have the concept of a "true" or "secret name?"
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In Egyptian mythology Isis created a serpent to poison Ra and only gave him the antidote when he revealed his true name to her. Isis passed this name on to Horus, strengthening his royal authority. ...

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Did Hermes ever somehow helped Prometheus, or not? Is he God of thieves, or what?
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To answer your first question yes, Hermes was (among other things) a god of thievery. An excerpt from the Hermes Theoi page HERMES was the Olympian god of herds and flocks, travellers and ...

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Examples of castration myths besides Ouranos
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The story of Cybele(Κυβηλη) and Attis(Αττις) "‘What causes the impulse [of the devotees of Cybele] to self-castrate?’ I was silent. The Pierid Mousa (Muse) began : ‘A woodland Phrygian boy, the ...

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How did Masih ad-Dajjal lose his eye?
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The word 'one-eyed' is not to be taken literally Allah says in the Holy Qur'an "whoever is blind in this world will be blind hereafter". Blindness here evidently means spiritual blindness. Thus ...

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