When I was a lad, we celebrated the holiday season by holding hands and singing carols about togetherness. We were sure to be good little children, to do exactly what our parents told us. We knew the real meaning of the season, all right. The songs helped us remember: “you better watch out, you better […]
Tonight is Krampusnacht, the night when the wild hairy trickster of Yule goes cavorting around in the darkest shadows of the year.
They’re Krampusing in Chicago, and in Bloomington, too. Hell, they’re even putting on horns in Charlotte.
Graveyard Dirt writes, “Krampus is often described as a spirit of Christmas, but in truth, the character […]
According to the Folklore Society, “Mark Norman is compiling a database of accounts of sightings of Black Dogs and will be very pleased if people can send contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Edge asserts that, “Guardian hounds occur widely in shamanic Otherworldly lore,” and cites an old story claiming that black dogs came to haunt the […]
It’s Friday, and that means that… oh, hell, it’s Friday, so who knows what anything means at this point? The work week has driven out most of any sense of direction that we started with on Monday morning.
According to an article by Ethan Doyle White, in a recent issue of the journal Preternature: Critical […]
Some bits of mythology seem perfectly designed to make the rounds of adolescent social networks. Among these is the character of Sterculius.
Sterculius has caused a bit of a stir, since God Checker described the deity on Twitter as “the God of Poop from Roman mythology”. To explore the matter further, Godchecker writes that “the […]
This summer saw the widespread practice of something called the Ice Bucket Challenge, in which people posted videos of themselves having buckets of ice water dumped over their heads in an attempt to increase awareness of the need for money to support research into new treatments for a disease known by the acronym ALS. This […]
Did Cinderella’s mother die? Yes, but not in the way that you think, according to Pepelezka, the Slavic version of the Cinderella story, as retold in Sixty Folk-Tales From Exclusively Slavic Sources by A. H. Wraitslaw. The story starts with a group of girls who were spinning wool together around a deep chasm in a […]
This week, Marvel Comics announced that its comic book hero Thor, which is based upon the Norse god Thor, will become a woman.
A representative of Marvel explained, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike […]
The Leshy can be identified by a missing right ear, as well as the absence of eyelashes and eyebrows. […]
Answer quickly: Who is the Roman god of the dead? It’s Pluto, right?
Yes, and no. Pluto is a Roman god of the dead, but it turns out that he’s not the only one.
Pluto was inspired by the Greek Hades, who had the nickname Pluton. The Romans also recognized an Etruscan god of […]