People in Wadsworth, Ohio are drinking milkshakes thickened with cricket powder. What are the folkloric implications of this?
Circe Restaurant’s pork chops are a lesson in what can happen when businesses try mythological marketing without being mythologically literate.
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.
Can we please stop pretending that our own personal preferences are humanity’s evolutionary destiny?
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
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
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 email@example.com.” The Edge asserts that, “Guardian hounds occur widely in shamanic Otherworldly lore,” and cites an
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
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
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
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