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Myths, Legends, Customs, Folklore


Myths, Legends, Customs, Folklore

Myths and Legends from Around the World.

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Latest Activity: Jan 20

Myth, a story of the gods, a religious account of the beginning of the world, the creation, fundamental events, the exemplary deeds of the gods as a result of which the world, nature and culture were created together with all parts thereof and given their order, which still obtains. A myth expresses and confirms society's religious values and norms, it provides a pattern of behavior to be imitated, testifies to the efficacy of ritual with its practical ends and establishes the sanctity of cult.

Myths and legends of Babylonia and Assyria (1916)

Religion and mythology differ in scope but have overlapping aspects. Both terms refer to systems of concepts that are of high importance to a certain community, making statements concerning the supernatural or sacred. Generally, mythology is considered one component or aspect of religion. Religion is the broader term: besides mythological aspects, it includes aspects of ritual, morality, theology, and mystical experience. A given mythology is almost always associated with a certain religion such as Greek mythology with Ancient Greek religion. Disconnected from its religious system, a myth may lose its immediate relevance to the community and evolve—away from sacred importance—into a legend or folktale.

There is a complex relationship between recital of myths and enactment of rituals.

Discussion Forum

Icelanders Celebrate The End Of Christmas With Bonfires For The Elves

Started by Nada Jung. Last reply by Carmen Elsa Irarragorri-Wyland Jan 20. 4 Replies

Today (6th of January) marks the Epiphany, which for many Christians around the world commemorates the visit of the Three…Continue

Tradition's -symbols

Started by bridget orman. Last reply by MARGARIDA MARIA MADRUGA Nov 28, 2022. 1 Reply

Candles were another way to have an eternal flame within the home. They symbolized the light and warmth of the sun and were used to chase away evils and lure back the returning sun/son.Wreaths were also traditional in ancient times for they…Continue

Ancient Christmas traditions that are still followed in Ireland

Started by bridget orman. Last reply by MARGARIDA MARIA MADRUGA Nov 28, 2022. 1 Reply

The candle in the window The placing of a lighted candle in the window of a house on Christmas Eve is still practiced in Ireland today. It has a number of purposes but primarily, it was a symbol of welcome to Mary and Joseph as they traveled looking…Continue

The Celtic Roots of Christmas Traditions

Started by bridget orman. Last reply by MARGARIDA MARIA MADRUGA Nov 28, 2022. 1 Reply

The Celtic Roots of Christmas TraditionsThe roots of the Christmas traditions that we recognize today can be traced back to pre-Christian celebrations of the Winter solstice. The solstice is the twice yearly event when the sun appears to be at its…Continue

Fox stories

Started by Luna Arjuna. Last reply by Ꮙℓἇ∂ἇ Jan 24, 2022. 1 Reply

There are so many fine poems about foxes that I could fill the page attempting to list them all, but some of the very best include: "…Continue

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Throne carved into a tree

Started by Luna Arjuna. Last reply by Carmen Elsa Irarragorri-Wyland Jan 22, 2022. 1 Reply

A throne carved into a tree trunk in Kendal, England. It was sculpted by artist Andy Levy in 2012 with a chainsaw and…Continue

Tags: sculpture, art, history


Started by Luna Arjuna. Last reply by Carmen Elsa Irarragorri-Wyland Jan 20, 2022. 1 Reply

The ciguapa is a creature of the Dominican Republic. She is clothed in nothing but her hair. The ciguapa is said only to…Continue

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Mother Goddess Mokosh

Started by Luna Arjuna Jan 18, 2022. 0 Replies

The Slavic Mother Goddess Mokosh was worshipped in Ukraine up until the 10th Century C.E., with instances of her survival…Continue

Tags: mokosh, goddess

Chinese New Year Myths

Started by bridget orman Jan 7, 2022. 0 Replies

We’re all familiar with myths, legends and fairytales. It’s always interesting to see how they explain traditions that we still have in modern society today—the things we feel are normal, but are actually quite weird if we think about it. So why do…Continue

Why is celebration of the New Year so universal?

Started by bridget orman Jan 7, 2022. 0 Replies

Celebration of New Year has a long, historical pedigree. It is deeply embedded in the human psyche, highly influenced by the seasonal cycles.New Year’s festivity dates back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon, connecting religion and mythology. In…Continue

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Comment by Christopher Golightly on January 16, 2023 at 1:14pm

Historians believe Skara Brae was an active city more than 5,000 years ago. If this is true, then that makes Skara Brae older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Since most of it got covered with sand dunes over the years. Thus it was preserved well for thousands of years. When it was an active city, probably it had about 50 to 100 people in it.


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Comment by MARGARIDA MARIA MADRUGA on January 16, 2023 at 12:39pm

Beautiful posts.
I'm feeling like a dragonfly.
I don't forget Linda Lee.
Thank you all for sharing good and peace.

Comment by Luna Arjuna on April 21, 2022 at 7:40am

In 1850, a farmer found a secret village. It was later determined to be older than the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Archeologists estimated that 100 people lived in this village named Skara Brae, the "Scottish Pompeii." The houses were connected to each other by tunnels, and each house could be closed off with a stone door.

#ancient #archaeology #discovery

Comment by Carmen Elsa Irarragorri-Wyland on February 7, 2022 at 9:24pm

How interesting, dear Luna!

Both the legend and the stones, which could also be said is a legend!

Comment by Luna Arjuna on February 7, 2022 at 12:45pm

This photo taken today, is of Jay's Grave, a local landmark steeped in folklore in Dartmoor, Devon, England.

Fresh flowers still mysteriously appear on the grave everyday and locals don't like to pass it at night as it's haunted.

There are many different versions of the story around the grave, the most popular being, In the 18th century Kitty Jay a teenager was raped by a farm hand, became pregnant she was thrown out of her home and hung herself in a barn. She was refused a Christian burial and 3 parishes refused to let her final resting place be with in their boundaries, so she was buried in unconsecrated ground where the 3 parishes meet, by a quite road junction.

Comment by Luna Arjuna on January 17, 2022 at 11:11pm

Comment by Carmen Elsa Irarragorri-Wyland on January 6, 2022 at 7:04pm

Very beautiful, indeed!

Comment by Eva Libre on January 6, 2022 at 5:34pm

Celtic Lampe 'Lunaire Luneliya' is also available to must google...

Comment by Carmen Elsa Irarragorri-Wyland on December 28, 2021 at 6:37am

I love that music!

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Comment by Nada Jung on December 28, 2021 at 1:52am

Dance of the Dragonflies.
Legend has it that dragonflies were given an extra set of wings, so that angels could ride on their backs.

Listen to the dragonflies dancing taking you with them in the realm of contemplation and transformation.


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