Mythology

Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race (Celtic interest)

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Blakiston's Fish Owl (Ketupa blakistoni) is one of the most important gods of the native Ainu people of Hokkaidu, in Japan. Unlike our modern age, the Cherokee believed that tobacco had powerful medicinal qualities. Heroic Romances of Ireland (2 Vols.) by A. When she was given the stone, she put it in the now empty bag of honey, and started eating the honey from the second bag. We can be fairly certain the Hound now walks in the "light" of the Seven (assuming he's the monk Brienne sees on the Quiet Isle).
Mythology

Chinese Mythology: An Encyclopedia of Myth and Legend

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This site contains information on Greek and Roman mythology. In the last part of the myth of the Great Star Chant, when the sacred company are journeying for power, they go first to Coyote. However, if Dany represents the World Serpent, Varys may have been trying to preserve the World Tree by casting her into the Dothraki Sea (much the same as Odin casts Jormungandr into the sea). -Now, this may seem cruel (because it is), but the ancient and medieval Norse used to force the mentally ill and the mentally handicapped to act as court jesters.
Mythology

Folklore and Folklife Research in Finland: Ethnological

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Because, just as dragons represent fire in the Song of Ice & Fire, the Others represent ice -- not darkness. Later, apotheosis took place for Roman emperors, although there are no cases of an emperor being accorded divine honours in his lifetime. The Ant and the Grasshopper (Aesop, Croxall, 1775). The lesson is clear: the gods judge our moral actions and dispense blessings or curses accordingly. They would go and search for someone who knew. By this means, Christians were able to incorporate myths from the culturally authoritative pagan past into a Christian framework while defusing their religious significance--the gods became ordinary humans.
Mythology

Aesop, Just in Rhyme

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The men were frightened, for it approached and went right into the canoes with the intention of destroying them and the men and capturing the leho; but it failed, because Aiai�s friend, with his skill and power, had provided himself with a stone, [235]which, at the proper time, he shoved into the head of the squid; and the weight of the stone drew it down to the bottom of the sea and kept it there, and being powerless to remove the stone, it died. This could be a variation of the Parthian and Mesopotamian NANA or Sumerian goddess Dingir-INANA, the daughter of the Moon, who was the young goddess of the heavens and also at times was warlike, and a seductress.
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Playground of the Gods

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Unless they are surprised, dryads can disappear by stepping into a tree. Fraa Keller urged Harr Keller to go after the hoard, but, remembering the snake's warning, she advised him to take along a large bag, a beam of wood and a shovel. "After all," thought she, "we would not want the treasure to get buried without tools to release it." Guardian hounds occur widely in shamanic Otherworldly lore. Displeased with Hoenir's silence, the Vanir beheaded Mimir and sent him back to the Aesir, but the peace worked out anyway.
Mythology

The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Well loved tales grade 2)

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In many of those ceremonies that each society has developed as a symbol of what is necessary to its well-being, references are made to the beginning of the world. The clown appears as a foolish creature who lacks clear thinking and intellectual values and revels in unorthodox, spontaneous actions. And with fast-fixed eyes on her did stare, The victory did yield her as her share; Yet did she inly fret and felly burn, and vexation, and not by any direct act of the goddess.
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The Sign Language Of Astronomical Mythology

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The texts used come from the collections of the de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi. (Note: For information on other versions of Cinderella, don't miss our list of Variations on the Cinderella Story .) She tries to seduce Odysseus to stay with her. And they don’t have predictable endings, like fairy tales often do. Once again like any many Greek myths we see an example of love and beauty.
Mythology

Little Red Hen

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It's said that in the Distortion World, neither time nor space were stable. In England the liberation of the Pastellists from slight regard and undeserved disrespect came with the first exhibition of "The Pastel Society" at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1880. While primarily religious and mystical in tone, this essay does give some insight into the Kabbalistic take on Jewish cosmology. (Broken Link 2/11/02) Charles Benton takes a mythological look at Angels and their different classifications. (Broken Link 5/12/00) Stephanie Connelly's Online Demon Dictionary is featured in Terzian's Vault: Demonolatry.
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African American Literature and the Classicist Tradition:

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The intense devotion and love which her devotees feel for Ganga is no small measure due to the fact that she is the only accessible physical entity that flows both in the heavens and on the earth. One achievement in the field of fiction worthy of special mention is the compilation of the great Taiping Guangji or Extensive Records Compiled in the Taiping Years (976-983), which is a collection of about seven thousand stories published before and in the first years of the Song Dynasty.
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Celtic Myths and Legends (Pitkin Guides Series)

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The thematic variations in the tales correspond with their narrators' diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds. A collection of Celtic mythology, not only from Ireland, but also from Scotland, Wales and Brittany, and another good choice if you want to avoid scarey illustrations. Mikula Selyaninovich ("Mikula the Villager's son"). This probably served as a legitimation for the Dorian migrations into the Peloponnese. The belief in domovois was very persistent and survives to the present day.