Tom Sol
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Are forests and trees considered self sufficient and self reliant? Or is there any lore on caretakers of the forests?
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To the ancient Celts, certain trees, especially the oak, ash and thorn, held special significance. To the Celts, Druids and many other peoples of the old world, certain trees held special ...

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What is the origin of the myth that witches burn in water?
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As a follow-up to my (almost) namesake @Thom . And to @Spencer It is not specifically stated that they burn in water they are only afeared to cross it. Tim O 'Shanter's poem says Ah, Tam! ah, ...

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How powerful were Greek gods without their items?
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The gods have powers of their own. As evidenced in the many hymns epics and poems. Immortality Transformation or shape shifting Enhanced intelligence The ability and powers to move from one place ...

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Which 'Sea' does Tiamat represent, and why did she turn into a serpent?
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The Enuma Elish begins with the creation of the universe, originally an undifferentiated mass of water swirling in chaos. The waters divided into fresh and salt. The freshwater formed the god Apsu and ...

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Were prehistoric fossils linked to mythological beings in ancient Greece?
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Κητος Τροιας, The monster of Troy In a glass case in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, a strange creature lurks on an ancient Greek vase. This vase painting, made in the famous pottery center of ...

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How old was Nestor?
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Note I am using the translated versions of the Iliad and Odyssey as provided by The Internet Classics Archive. The answer from @Codosaur from my question How much time is a generation in the odyssey ...

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Why are goats associated with Satan?
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Leviticus is mentioned as a source on the scapegoat as noted by @Obie 2.0. Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the LORD fell, and make it a sin offering. 10"But the goat on ...

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Are There Biblical References to Good Magic?
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It's always hard to prove a negative but I'm gonna try. The bible is full of verses explicitly telling the reader that magic, sorcery, necromancy or divination is not allowed and should not be ...

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Why does Ohrmazd need to plan a time to fight Ahriman?
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Judging from the context Ohrmazd knows his creatures can be corrupted and that in this way he tricks the evil spirit into accepting a proposed time for their final fight (making sure they are not ...

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Can the River Styx Goddess curse herself?
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Hypothetically Hypothetically speaking if the goddess Styx were to fail in her oath she would have to drink from the river Styx. The water in this river is deadly to humans, black as the night and to ...

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What is the specific term for those creatures that exist because people believe in them?
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cryptid Some dictionaries and encyclopediae define the term "cryptid" as an animal whose existence is unsubstantiated. (perfect example would be bigfoot) An animal whose existence or survival is ...

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Who were the Seven Sages who laid the foundations of Uruk?
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Short answer. Uanna Enmegalamma Uannedugga Enmedugga Enmebulugga An-Enlilda Utuabzu The sources for these are in the Perspectives on Language and Text: Essays and Poems in Honor . Each if these ...

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How are Vetalas similar to Medusa?
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I'm afraid the source you mentioned is on a TV show called Lost Girl. The best source for finding relevant info on the Vetala is the Kathasaritsagara especially book 12 And especially the story (...

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Are there any good online resources for Mongolian myths in English?
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The only English source I have lying around here is; "Mongol creation stories: man, Mongol tribes, the natural world, and Mongol deities, by Nassen-Bayer and Kevin Stuart. It's not a big book (...

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