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Consuming Folklore of Crickets

People in Wadsworth, Ohio are drinking milkshakes thickened with cricket powder. What are the folkloric implications of this?

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The Four Hundred Aztec Rabbits of Drunkenness

The Totochtli were the children of Mayahuel, a goddess who discovered pulque, an alcoholic drink made from a part of the agave plant. The agave itself is depicted as having 400 breasts, feeding the 400 rabbits, and Mayahuel is also depicted in this way. As a divinity of fertility, Mayahuel has the Virgin Mary beat, hands down.

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Exhibit A in the Commodification of the Holiday Season

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

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Merry Krampusnacht 2014 – And The War On Krampusnacht

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

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News Of Black Dogs

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 m.norman@exeter.ac.uk.” The Edge asserts that, “Guardian hounds occur widely in shamanic Otherworldly lore,” and cites an

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The Fall Of Frig

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

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Saturday, And The Myth Of The God Of Shit

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

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Did The Ice Bucket Challenge Come From A Nazi Cult?

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

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The Cannibalistic Consumption Of Cinderella’s Mother The Cow

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

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