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  • For a fee, some people agreed to assume the transgressions of the dead in the belief this would ease their passage into heaven.

    Sin Eaters Paid to Purify the Dead

    Sin Eaters Paid to Purify the Dead

    by Rupert Taylor1

  • References to a deity that resembles Cronos can be found in Irish texts. Is it possible that this Greek being may have taken up residence in Ireland in the distant past?

    Crom Cruach: Ireland and the Fetters of Cronos

    Crom Cruach: Ireland and the Fetters of Cronos

    by Chris Pinard3

  • The words 'Latin America' are used to describe the group of 21 countries (listed below) in the American continent where Latin languages are spoken. These countries are all located south of the US-Mexico border, starting with Mexico in North America,...

    What Is Latin America? Geography, Language and Culture Explained

    What Is Latin America? Geography, Language and Culture Explained

    by Marie McKeown77

  • What is Love? An Evolutionary Perspective - This article explains why loving couples fair better in the course of human evolution, and why love is epitomised in poetry yet shrouded in mystery.

    What is Love? An Evolutionary Perspective

    What is Love? An Evolutionary Perspective

    by Thomas Swan4

  • The Amish have a very different approach to dental care. Find out why the Amish pull out a problem tooth or a whole mouthfull of teeth and choose to use dentures instead.

    Why Do the Amish Have Their Teeth Pulled Out?

    Why Do the Amish Have Their Teeth Pulled Out?

    by Tracy Lynn Conway12

  • Ghana has myths ingrained in its society and directs the way of life and behavior of its people. Some of these myths have evidence to back them up and serve as sacred and tourist attraction sites.

    Six Amazing Ghanaian Myths and Legends

    Six Amazing Ghanaian Myths and Legends

    by C Amoabeng1

  • The development of ethnography, important figures in cultural anthropology, and how ethnographic studies changed history.

    Why Ethnography Is Important

    Why Ethnography Is Important

    by Melanie Palen26

  • This article takes a look at five major comic book superheroes, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Hulk, and The Silver Surfer, and makes the case that modern man uses superheroes to explain the world in the same way ancient man used myth.

    Modern Mythology: What Superheroes Can Show Us About Humanity

    Modern Mythology: What Superheroes Can Show Us About Humanity

    by witnessing1014

  • In August 2014, our home in Thailand was blessed by nine Buddhist monks. After examining why homes are blessed, this article describes the ceremony conducted in the presence of family and friends.

    Blessings for Our Home: A Buddhist Ceremony

    Blessings for Our Home: A Buddhist Ceremony

    by Paul Richard Kuehn2

  • Death can be a celebration of life, or a means to help the soul pass. Everyone has their own way to deal with grief. This article explores how cultures around the world handle death.

    How Cultures Around the World Handle Death

    How Cultures Around the World Handle Death

    by Lain Golden1

  • There are a number of deadly mythological creatures in different cultures around the world. Many of these monsters are the stuff of our worst nightmares. Let us now have a look at 18 of the most mysterious and strange mythological monsters.

    Top Mythological Creatures: The Most Dangerous Monsters

    Top Mythological Creatures: The Most Dangerous Monsters

    by Sudhir3

  • How old do you have to be to get married? Are arranged marriages valid? Can one person marry into a group? What does the world have to say about these many forms of marriage? Find out here.

    A Global Look at Marriage in all its Forms

    A Global Look at Marriage in all its Forms

    by Theophanes Avery11

  • Japan's association with the land and its peasant classes has been an element which has defined Japanese identity, but was constructed rather than organic to Japan.

    The Peasant and Japanese National Identity

    The Peasant and Japanese National Identity

    by Ryan Thomas0

  • In the folklore and mythology of every culture there have been stories and legends of giants. Were the myths based on facts or were the facts exaggerated into mythological legends over time?

    Human Giants in Lore, Myth, and Life

    Human Giants in Lore, Myth, and Life

    by Phyllis Doyle Burns21

  • Why do some people just hate redheads? If you have ever experienced inexplicable redhead hate, this page may be just for you! If you can relate, please leave your comments so others don't feel alone!

    Why Do People Hate Redheads?

    Why Do People Hate Redheads?

    by Joy Lynskey223

  • Eating black eyed peas is a fun family tradition in the South now. But once eating cow peas, Southern peas or black eyed peas was a matter of survival.

    Why Black-Eyed Peas Mean Good Luck

    Why Black-Eyed Peas Mean Good Luck

    by Patsy Bell Hobson10

  • I am completely hooked on Maori symbol necklaces. These pendants are commonly carved from bone and jade (greenstone or pounamu) sometimes attached to their cords with authentic, traditional bindings.(As on the photo to the right) Not only are...

    4 Maori Symbol Necklaces and their Meanings

    4 Maori Symbol Necklaces and their Meanings

    by tuarangi13

  • The legends of this underworld testify to its otherness and yet also impart a distinctive British flair.

    Annwn: The British Underworld

    Annwn: The British Underworld

    by Chris Pinard0

  • Who were the Neanderthals? Were they related to us? How were they different from us?

    Who Were the Neanderthals?

    Who Were the Neanderthals?

    by Tiffany R Isselhardt5

  • A central aspect of Irish folklore is the wealth of traditional beliefs and superstitions which have been held by Irish people over the centuries. Many of these beliefs can be traced to Celtic traditions which the Catholic church failed to...

    Irish Folklore: Traditional Beliefs and Superstitions

    Irish Folklore: Traditional Beliefs and Superstitions

    by Marie McKeown21

  • Cave paintings of Lascaux are some of the earliest visual demonstrations of art created by people living in the Paleolithic era.

    Cave Paintings of Lascaux

    Cave Paintings of Lascaux

    by Niina Niskanen0

  • This post is about the most common eye color in the world, what percentage of the world's population has it and 6 things you should know about it.

    The Most Common Eye Color in the World

    The Most Common Eye Color in the World

    by Edmund Custers5

  • Culture goes far beyond race and ethnicity. Raising cultural awareness is essential to accepting and respecting those cultures that may be different from our own.

    How to Accept and Respect Other Cultures

    How to Accept and Respect Other Cultures

    by LQWILLIams3

  • The Amish life is steeped in tradition and an adherence to the teachings of the bible. With a culture that goes back 400 years, there are many surprising traditions and beliefs that exist in stark contrast to modern day life.

    10 Amish Ways of Life that May Surprise You

    10 Amish Ways of Life that May Surprise You

    by Tracy Lynn Conway46

  • One day after my wife and I purchased a new SUV in Thailand, we decided to get it blessed by a Buddhist monk. In this article, I explain why the vehicle was blessed and then describe the interesting ritual involved.

    What Is a Buddhist Car Blessing Like?

    What Is a Buddhist Car Blessing Like?

    by Paul Richard Kuehn6

  • Norse and Celtic Europe is plentiful with myths and folklore that mention nine maidens. Where do these legends originate? Might there be a spiritual legacy to these maidens?

    The Cult of Nine Maidens in Northwest Europe

    The Cult of Nine Maidens in Northwest Europe

    by Chris Pinard3

  • Japanese tea ceremonies change throughout the year. Each season has its own peculiarities and ways of drinking tea.

    Seasonal Tea Ceremonies in Japan

    Seasonal Tea Ceremonies in Japan

    by Anna Sidorova0

  • Americans are simply in love with England. They just can't help themselves! There are many reasons to love England, but here are the top fifteen, from the accents to the royalty to the literature.

    Top 15 Reasons Why Americans Love England

    Top 15 Reasons Why Americans Love England

    by Rose West524

  • Some modern critics disparage fairy tales for their depiction of women. But, the truth is that fairy tales are complex with much to offer women of any age.

    The Divine Feminine in Fairy Tales

    The Divine Feminine in Fairy Tales

    by Carolyn Emerick12

  • Anglo-Indians are a community that is fast dying out. They were never a large community, but they made an impact on recent popular culture that is massively disproportionate to their small number.

    Famous Anglo-Indians

    Famous Anglo-Indians

    by Donna5

  • Though gender roles are clearly defined, in Zuni culture gender is not tightly bound to biological sex. Zuni sacred history promotes a cultural role for people of a third 'middle' gender.

    The "Middle" Gender in Zuni Religion

    The "Middle" Gender in Zuni Religion

    by Lili Adams4

  • A Filipino burial is very unique. It consists of many religious and non-religious practices and some superstitious beliefs. Following is how we buried my father and arranged his funeral.

    Filipino Burial Practices and Customs

    Filipino Burial Practices and Customs

    by Thelma Alberts19

  • So much faith and perfection is put into these ceremonies that even one slip of the tongue in a recitation, one omission of a word, one stumble in a dance, can discredit the performer and bring misfortune for the entire village and a failed crop for the year.

    Ancient Hopi Rituals and Ceremonies

    Ancient Hopi Rituals and Ceremonies

    by Phyllis Doyle Burns32

  • "Estan locos? Are you guys crazy? The Shuar kill strangers on their land." This was the reaction of the (non-Shuar) locals at the edge of the Ecuadorian rainforest when my friend and I told them we planned to try and meet some Shuar people.

    Shuar: Meeting the Headshrinkers of the Amazon Basin

    Shuar: Meeting the Headshrinkers of the Amazon Basin

    by Marie McKeown11

  • Arguably, both intellectually and physiologically our species, Homo Sapiens, may be fast reaching the limits of its potential. What may come next?

    Has Humankind Peaked?

    Has Humankind Peaked?

    by John Paul Quester3

  • Our mothers always told us that breakfast was the most important meal of the day; our mothers, as usual, were right.

    Breakfast the British Way

    Breakfast the British Way

    by Rupert Taylor1

  • Dzi (pronounced Zee) is a Tibetan word used to describe a patterned, usually agate, of mainly oblong, round, cylindrical or tabular shape pierced lengthwise called Heaven's Bead (tian zhu) in Chinese. The meaning of the Tibetan word "Dzi"...

    The Myth and Mystery of Tibetan Dzi Stone Beads

    The Myth and Mystery of Tibetan Dzi Stone Beads

    by mobii16

  • Nature has its dangers, but without it we starve ourselves in more ways than we can imagine. From nature we learn what it is to be human, how we fit in to life, and how we can make life easier.

    How Nature Affects Mental and Economic Health

    How Nature Affects Mental and Economic Health

    by Susette Horspool6

  • The Philippine legend of the guava fruit. Ever wonder why of all fruits, only guava seems to have a crown-like feature? This is the story of how the guava got its "crown" and flavor.

    Philippine Legend: The Legend of the Guava

    Philippine Legend: The Legend of the Guava

    by precy anza81

  • A review of the language, beliefs, and practices of the Rastafari as displayed in Leonard Barrett's "The Rastafarians," as well as the words and music of the people themselves.

    The Word Magic of the Rastafari

    The Word Magic of the Rastafari

    by Megan Faust8

  • Filipino proverbs, or salawikain, echo the values of the Philippines. The values and lessons they impart to us still hold truth to this day.

    55 Examples of Filipino Proverbs

    55 Examples of Filipino Proverbs

    by MM Del Rosario0

  • Finfolk are an unsual breed of mythological creatures unique to Orkney and Shetland Islands. Similar to Mermaids and other mythic sea creatures. And connections to Norse mythology.

    The Finfolk of Orkney Folklore

    The Finfolk of Orkney Folklore

    by Carolyn Emerick9

  • Learn about Scandinavian and Norwegian trolls, instances of trolls in literature and folklore, and geographical formations named after troll mythology.

    Trolls of Norway—Facts and Fiction

    Trolls of Norway—Facts and Fiction

    by wildlens54

  • Persephone is one of the deities of the Greek pantheon who is often overlooked, but she was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus, as well as the wife of Hades, so an important goddess in Ancient Greece.

    Persephone: Goddess of Greek Mythology

    Persephone: Goddess of Greek Mythology

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • Recently, I was talking to a colleague at work and I mentioned that civilizations tend to last only 500 years. I had heard this somewhere but I couldn't remember where. Of course, to even begin this discussion raises the question of what exactly...

    What Is an Example of Civilization?

    What Is an Example of Civilization?

    by larryfreeman16

  • Ancient lore told of a mysterious inhabited island that existed far to the north. This land was named Thule. Might there be any truth to this legend or is it simply fiction?

    Finding Thule: The Uncharted Lands of the North

    Finding Thule: The Uncharted Lands of the North

    by Chris Pinard0

  • Examines the how, when, and why of creation myths to show how creation myths define cultural norms by comparing Enuma Elish, Hesiod's Theogony, and Ovid's Metamorphoses.

    How Creation Myths Define Culture

    How Creation Myths Define Culture

    by Tiffany R Isselhardt2

  • Who wants high-tech instruments, algorithms, and forecast models when all you need to know is that a plentiful crop of pine cones means a harsh winter is coming? Or not.

    Weather Folklore

    Weather Folklore

    by Rupert Taylor2

  • There is scholarly debate on whether or not shamanism was present in many European cultures. Prehistoric shamanism lingered on in the European folk tradition, it is simply often overlooked.

    The Question of European Shamanism

    The Question of European Shamanism

    by Carolyn Emerick10

  • It is always interesting to study other cultures and it is extremely important to do just that if you are going to have interactions with them. You don’t want to insult someone or embarrass yourself and your own culture. China is one of those interesting cultures mainly because what we usually know about the country is through movies or the local Chinese restaurant. What I’ve learned over the years is that that knowledge is usually useless. Sincere study of a culture is the only way to truly app

    10 Major Cultural Differences Between China and the United States

    10 Major Cultural Differences Between China and the United States

    by Rebecca Graf84

  • "The Arranged Marriage", 1862 painting by Vasili Pukirev An arranged marriage is the union of a man and a woman which is brought about by someone other than the bride and groom. Historically, it was the primary way in which future spouses were...

    Arranged Marriages, Past and Present

    Arranged Marriages, Past and Present

    by Seabastian28

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