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Why Does the Devil Have a Silver Nose
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Italo Calvino mentioned in his Italian Folktales that the silver nose was rare even in Italian tales. But a silver nose was sometimes used as a prosthetic, when you lost a nose to syphilis. Hence, a ...

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What are the similarities and differences between Greek gods and Roman gods?
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Actually, while the evidence is fragmentary and confusing, it points more to their having been separate, and then merging together. There are several elements contributing here to the identification. ...

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Which way blows Zephyrus?
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From the west. Note that Boreaus, the North Wind, brought cold winter air from the north.

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Was Ares a Hero or Villain?
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Why would someone worship such a god? So he didn't smite you for your insolence. Who are you, a mere mortal, to presume to withhold due rites from a god? Especially one whom you know is willing to ...

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Why is tragedy a goat song?
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The term was explained by ancient writers as "song for [the prize of] a goat" or "song for [the sacrifice of] a goat". Walter Burkert observed in Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Ritual in ...

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Are there other Gardens of Eden?
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The Peach Blossom Valley. Wikipedia describes to a specific literary work The Peach Blossom Spring, but there have been many forms of it: a man stumbles on a hidden, tranquil, Arcadian valley, where ...

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I am writing a story about greek gods and in dire need of accurate chronological references I can use
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When the archeologists managed to decipher Linear B, they found many shopping lists that included purchases of sacrifices for this god or that. The only Olympian missing was Apollo. Thus, all the ...

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Is there any evidence of the Ancient Greeks worshipping Zeus's daughter Helen?
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Herodotus, in his Histories, recounts the story of how Ariston took his third wife, the most beautiful woman in Sparta, from his friend Agetus, and says that she had been an ugly baby, but her nurse's ...

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Which version of Little Gold Star or the Three Fairies involved a donkey tail?
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This occurs in the Italian Colony of Cats, except for the specific detail of the sky: The little maid, having gratefully kissed the white paw of the old cat, set off for home; but just as she got ...

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When and why did necromancy became a bad thing?
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Actually, trafficking with chthonic spirits could be prosecuted as impiety under Greek law by classical times. The Witchcraft and Magic in Europe's second volume, on ancient Greece and Rome, has some ...

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Why did Pittheus trick Aegeus?
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A grandson. Since his purpose was to get him to sleep with his daughter, he must have deduced that the resulting son would be something special, and special enough to risk angering Aegeus. At least, ...

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Why did Snorri Sturlson link the Norse Gods to the Trojans?
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It was fashionable. Being connected with Troy was considered prestigious. Hence Virgil claimed that Aeneas had escaped the fall of Troy to go to Rome and become an ancestor of Romulus. An unknown ...

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What high school subject would mythology & creation myth be covered in?
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A cross-cultural study of mythology and legend would probably be a literature elective in my experience. It may appear in history, as part of a study of a particular culture, or in a general ...

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Are there any non-European versions of "Elves" in Indian/Persian/Arabic/Chinese/Meso-American folklore/fairy tales?
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Many such. Most, like the genuine folkloric elf, have a lot more variation. They may have monstrously ugly members, but they are often very close to the elf, and folktale may switch out the type as ...

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Has divine prowess always been considered a factor in determining the outcome of wars?
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Is it a general rule? I note that when the Romans were losing badly to Carthage, their reaction was not to think the Carthagian gods were stronger, but to investigate what they had done to offend ...

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What is the difference between Hecate, Selene, Artemis, and Phoebe?
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The short answer is the Greco-Roman paganism of the era never thought about systemizing the gods as such. Conflicts such as these goddesses got two main results: Ignore it. Worship the gods ...

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Mythologies or folktales regarding dormouse/mouse?
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The Wedding of the Mouse. I have linked to an Indian version of it, but there are many variants (not all featuring mice), wherein a quest for what is the most powerful has each being in turn claim ...

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Eurydice's body
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In the myth of Alcestis, she actually did come back to life, whether rescued by Heracles or sent back by Persephone, but no questions about her body are raised -- somehow, just being saved from Death ...

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Are there any myths concerning Punic/Carthaginian deities?
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The overwhelming majority of our information about ancient Carthage comes from Greek and Roman sources, which do not document the myths. If the Carthaginians documented their own myths, the documents ...

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What concepts exist to describe how motifs change from time and place
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The term I have usually seen used, in the context of fairy tales, is "contamination." For instance, a folklorist might say that the Grimms' version of Little Red Riding Hood was contaminated ...

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Why did druidesses vow perpetual virginity?
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There is, in fact, no evidence of druidesses existing. Admittedly the evidence of any kind about druids is meager, and what we have is often bad -- for instance, Julius Caesar tells us they have high ...

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Airs composed by priest in Hebrew perhaps?
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"Airs" is another word for "tunes." Sometimes, not often, used for a song with words. Why this ends up "Israeli" I do not know, but it is the only meaning I can see that applies to the clue.

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