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The Legendary Emerald Tablet

The origins of Western alchemy can be traced back to Hellenistic Egypt, in particular to the city of Alexandria. One of the most important characters …

The Ancient Practice of Tengriism, Shamanism and Ancient Worship of the Sky Gods

In ancient times, people in Central Asia practiced a religion known as Tengriism, which focused on living in harmony with the natural universe. While …

The Grail Cypher: A radical reassessment of Arthurian history

Walter Kayo sat at his desk in the scriptorium, the cold chill of winter half broken by a flickering fire in the hearth. The velum page before him …

Alkonost and the Gamayun, the mythical beings of Slavic folklore

The Alkonost and the Gamayun are mythological creatures with the body of a bird and the head of a beautiful woman. They derive from Slavic and Old …

Fire Symbolism: Flames that Ignite Faiths and Inspire Minds

Since it was first proposed by the Pre-Socratic philosopher, Empedocles of Acragas, fire has been regarded in the Western world as one of the four …

Beware of Cat: Tales of the Wicked Japanese Bakeneko and Nekomata – Part Two

Who knew innocent little Fluffy could be so devious? Cats’ reputations have often swayed from good to evil over the years as they have been both …

Mythology in Romania: Exploring Beliefs about Witchcraft and the Devil

An old Romanian proverb says: <i>Do not speak badly of the Devil because you cannot know to whom you will belong</i> . According to popular Romanian …

Palatkwapi-Sedona: City of the Star People

A legend among the Hopis states that there was once a great temple city of wisdom built by the Star People, the Kachinas. Many of the Hopi clans …

The Strange Life of Al-Khidr, the Legendary Immortal Prophet, Mystic, Trickster and Sea Spirit

In ancient Islamic legend, there exists the wonderful, contrary figure of Al-Khiḍr, an immortal prophet who kills a youth out of mercy and who …

Virgin Mothers and Miracle Babies: The Ancient History of Miraculous Conceptions

At the centre of the annual Christian festival of Christmas, particularly among those of the Catholic faith, is the sacred narrative of the Virgin …

16+ Pics Of Fairy Tale Architecture From Norway

Think Norway, and the first thing that comes to mind are fjords, blonde people and Vikings - not fairy tale architecture.<p>Below, you’ll find …

Warding Evil and Welcoming Luck: Protective Amulets of the Ancient World

In the past, human life was vulnerable to disaster; Disease, wars, famine, natural disasters and many other factors could easily claim the lives of …

Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?

Fear old women in fairy tales. For as long as people have been telling stories, crones have been scaring the wits out of children. But why does the face of evil so often belong to an old woman?<p>Typecasting is one explanation. "What do we have? Nags, witches, evil stepmothers, cannibals, ogres. It's …

Books

10 Logical Explanations For Beings Of Folklore

Many believe that we share our universe with other intelligent species, and they’re probably right, but some believe that the extraterrestrials are …

Ancient History

All the Old Haunts: A Yokai Guide to Tokyo and Beyond | Japanese Culture

Even in 2015, you don’t need to go far to find traces of Japan’s folkloric monsters of yore.<p>By John Paul Catton<p>Anyone who spends time in Japan will …

The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest …

Graphic Novels

Norwegian Fairy Tales Come Alive in a New Illustrated Book

Kay Nielsen’s classic and previously unseen works emerge in color in 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon.'<p>In 1914, Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe published a collection of 15 fairy tales that they had gathered on their journeys around Norway in the …

Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies

The particularly British sub-genre of folk horror receives a substantial examination in <i>Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies</i>, a 500-page collection of …

Books

Folklinks: Folk and Fairy-Tale Sites

Thousands of books and shorter pieces, many of them relevant to folk and fairy-tale studies, are available gratis on the Internet as electronic …

Books

The Facts Behind Weather Folklore

Scientists now—finally—admit that many weather proverbs are TRUE!<p>Weather proverbs—the delightful, often rhyming, couplets and colorful statements …

Japan’s Folklore Chronicler, Shigeru Mizuki (1922-2015)

Have you ever been walking along and felt the creepy, unsettling feeling that something was watching you? You met Betobeto-san, an invisible yōkai, …