Armed with a magical mantle, a pipe, and timpan, this Chief among the Aos Sí would come each year at Samhain to burn Tara. Were there any among the men of Ireland that could stop him?
Troy was once seen as primarily fictional, until Heinrich Schliemann found the first remnants of a site that is now accepted as the famous mythical city. Here are some more sites from European folklore and mythology that could present new archaeologists with a similar opportunity.
Does our intelligence reside in our hearts or in our brains? Since ancient times, the heart has been valued as the seat of our consciousness and morality, so what are the myths and symbols used to define this vital organ. How has the symbol developed over time? Do we have a 'heart-brain'?
Even Dracula will keep away from these nine terrifying East Asian vampires. Horrifically, many of these specifically prey on children.
10 popular and beloved Chinese myths to know before visiting China. Familiarity with the gods and heroes in these legends will make your holiday much more meaningful.
Dragons are found in the myths of cultures all over the world. What is the origin of the myths about these terrifying creatures? What is the reason for our current fascination with dragons?
When you travel in Asia you'll serpent-like creatures everywhere, especially at religious sites. The Naga is a famous mythological creature in Eastern religions and society.
Hestia was known as the meditative one in Greek mythology, who helped make a home calm and centered. Her magic was passed from home to home with the torch's fire, so Hestia's warmth could grace a new family.
The Phoenix is a mythological creature so loved that many include them in their tales. So, where did it originate? What is the real myth? What do they look like?
Ireland's Mer-folk often interact with us simple mortals. But beware, for Merrows may have a tendency to collect human souls!
The goddess Eris is not the most famous deity in Greek mythology, but she was pivotal in bringing about the Trojan War. Eris is the goddess of Discord, and she could drive a wedge between anyone.
The love story of Eros and Psyche is well known in Greek mythology. Many know the story as Beauty and the Beast. It's a tale of lovers and a mother-in-law.
St Kenelm's Church near Romsley, is nestled in the Clent Hills in Worcestershire. Home to a holy well, this article explores the legend of a young Saxon prince, murdered by those sworn to protect him.
A list of 108 Chinese mythological gods and characters for all your creative needs. Use these in your video games, fantasy stories, RPG campaigns, whichever way you see fit!
American lumberjacks of the late 19th and early 20th centuries would pass around stories of the "fearsome critters" who shared the wilderness with them. Here are three such tales.
Mythological goddess are just as vital to traditions and customs as their male counterparts. Madder-Akka is a prime example. Her unique task was to inspire names for newborns, but she was a lot more to the ancient people of the Lapland and Baltic regions.
They were Odin's "Thought" and "Mind", yet they were not your typical divine deities. Here is a brief history of Huginn and Muninn, mytholigy's most important Ravens.
50 legendary artifacts from Chinese legends, mythology, and classic fantasy sagas such as Journey to the West.
Thomas Aquinas, wrote that Charity is a friendship with God and the angels. A supernatural conversation that does not reside in relationships with other human beings...
The stirring love tale of Eros, also known as Cupid, and Psyche is a compelling Greek myth and helps highlight several important moral lessons and aspects of Greek culture
Reports of mysterious objects emerging from the ocean depths have had as long a history as its “flying” counterpart. So, what are they?
Greek mythology is often simply thought of in terms of the fights with monsters or the fighting between mortals. Many stories of Ancient Greece though were about relationships between gods and mortals
The blue rose has always caused intrigue in myths and legend as a result of the human wish to seek the unattainable.
Myths are more attached to magpies than any other bird and they don’t always come out of the stories looking good.
Ares is the Greek god known for war and fighting, and was honored by the Romans as well. But many people do not know that Ares was first a dancer, and a long time lover of Aphrodite, with whom he had four children. Ares is the typical working guy next door that we all know!
Fenrir, Loki's son, is prophesied to cause great harm to Asgard, and grows dangerously fast. This story is considered to be one of the important, if somewhat minor, tales in Norse Mythology.
We have known for thousands of years that bees are important to human society, so it’s not surprising that we have built up a body of folklore surrounding them.
Wreaking havoc, tempting monks into bad behaviour, and other general mischief, the Abbey Lubber is one fairy that won't be tamed with bread and honey!
The weaving challenge between Arachne and Athena is a tale of hubris and of godly jealousy, leading Arachne to be transformed into the first spider.
Leib-Olmai is not a household name in terms of world mythological deities. I doesn't a narrative of his origin, either. Still, he was good spirit for hunters in an isolated land near the top of the globe.
Chinese names are a great place to find names for your horse or pony. These unusual names are great for any foal and will stand out among other names. Chinese mythology is a rich place to find a name with meaning for your horse.
Owls are good. No, they’re bad. Owls are wise. No, they’re stupid. The contradictions depend on which culture you come from.
Alien Big Cats, or ABCs, are commonly sighted throughout the world, but especially in the United Kingdom. The Beast of Bodmin Moor and the Beast of Buchan are two of the more well known ABCs said to roam throughout the UK.
There are a lot of strange creatures and in this world but many of them are not discussed. This list of the lesser known cryptids will help you learn about just a few of the mysteries nature as giving us to explore.
While a sneeze is merely a spasmodic, involuntary action caused by irritation due to foreign particles in the nasal mucosa, the beliefs, legends, and superstitions associated with sneezing are diverse and baffling.
Was Theseus the perfect hero? Why was the Parthenon dedicated to Athena? Knowing these 10 Greek myths would make your Greek vacation far more memorable.
The Titans were the generation of deities that preceded the gods of Mount Olympus before Zeus. Their leader was Kronos who was at the time the supreme ruler of the universe, and indeed father of Zeus.
In Europe, ravens are seen as harbingers of misfortune while to North America’s Indigenous people they are central to creation myths.
Trolls may be cute and cuddly these days, but that's a departure from its past. They may have endured over the years, but they'll always be rejects in the world of mythology.
Cahergall Stone Fort, near Cahersiveen in County Kerry, Ireland, is home to more than the shadows of the people that once dwelt here.
Dragons are well known in Greek mythology. There are four dragon-like beasts more well-known than all the rest — Typhon, the father of all monsters, Lernaean Hydra, whose heads multiply, Python, who lives in the center of the earth, and Ladon, guardian of the Golden Apples.
In the Finnish language, Jumala means “god”. Also, it refers to any god including the Christian Jehovah. However, Jumala was once a god in his own right. Moreover, the original gods associated with the word have become part of a realm within a superhero universe.
There are various gods of healing from world mythologies and religions that humans have long sought protection from. Several of the nine outlined here are still actively worshiped.
What is a Wendigo? A Native American legend also depicted in movies and books, the Wendigo is a beastly spirit with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.
Isis was the Egyptian Goddess who had the power to bring her dead lover back to life. How did she come to be known as a Protector of the Dead? Read on!
Wise Metis saved Zeus's siblings after they were swallowed by Cronus, his father, who was afraid they would be stronger than him. And you thought your family had issues?
A jack o'lantern is a carved and lighted Halloween pumpkin. It's also a name for the mysterious light that appears near the surface of a wetland.