Category: Myths & Legends

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Namazu Catfish: Earthquakes, Cosmic Justice, and Helper Of the Poor

Namazu Catfish: Earthquakes, Cosmic Justice, and Helper Of the Poor

All cultures have traditional explanations for natural disasters that pre-date scientific explanations. In Japanese culture, at least since the 15th c [...]
Comparing the Prehistoric Stone Symbols of Scotland and the Judaculla Rock

Comparing the Prehistoric Stone Symbols of Scotland and the Judaculla Rock

Within the rolling green hills of Scotland, slumber thousands of ancient stones bejeweled with mysterious glyphs. Across the proverbial pond, hidden i [...]
Isaac Newton, Alchemy and His Toad Vomit Plague Cure

Isaac Newton, Alchemy and His Toad Vomit Plague Cure

Sir Isaac Newton was one of the most influential scientists in world history. He is best-known for his three laws of motion, and his law of universal [...]
Roman Historian’s Cleopatra’s Pearl Story: Is It Fact or Fiction?

Roman Historian’s Cleopatra’s Pearl Story: Is It Fact or Fiction?

“Cleopatra’s Pearl”  is a story told by the Roman author Pliny the Elder in his famous long-read book  Natural History . According to this tale, the l [...]
Why is the Evidence for Robin Hood as Elusive as the Man Himself?

Why is the Evidence for Robin Hood as Elusive as the Man Himself?

The historic existence of the legendary English hero who ‘stole from the rich and gave to the poor’ is a perennial source of debate. Every few years, [...]
The Ignored Prophet of Doom: The Curse of Cassandra of Troy

The Ignored Prophet of Doom: The Curse of Cassandra of Troy

Best-known for her prophetic powers, within Greek mythology Cassandra is a princess of  Troy who lived during the era of the Trojan War. Her gift of p [...]
Evolving Forms: An Intriguing Look at Shapeshifting

Evolving Forms: An Intriguing Look at Shapeshifting

The notion of shapeshifting has been around for nearly as long as human beings. The possibility that a person can take the shape of another being—most [...]
Godlike Power and Monster Malevolence: Mishipizheu of Lake Superior

Godlike Power and Monster Malevolence: Mishipizheu of Lake Superior

In Gordon Lightfoot’s 1976 song  The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald , he figuratively blames the sinking of that ship on the “witch” of November. Folk [...]
The Norse God Odin: Viking God of War, Father of Thor, But There’s More

The Norse God Odin: Viking God of War, Father of Thor, But There’s More

Odin is the chief deity of the Norse pantheon. Although Odin was worshipped more generally in Germanic paganism, the information we have today about t [...]
The Banquet of Chestnuts: A Perverse Pastime at the House of Borgia?

The Banquet of Chestnuts: A Perverse Pastime at the House of Borgia?

On October 30, 1501, the most decadence of festivals occurred in the papal palace of Cardinal Cesare Borgia. A party that his own father, Pope Alexand [...]
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