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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 treatments for a disease known by the acronym ALS. This [...]

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 were spinning wool together around a deep chasm in a [...]

The Mythological Precedent Of The Woman Thor

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 [...]

Tracking The Leshy

The Leshy can be identified by a missing right ear, as well as the absence of eyelashes and eyebrows. [...]

Have A Tuchulcha Morning

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 [...]

Mythological Surprise: Angels Aren’t Christian

Angelia was, in pre-Christian Greek mythology, a goddess of messages. Angelia had wings, just like the angels as we visualize them today. [...]

When The Crucifix Was Horny

While Jesus literally flipped out at moneychangers in the temple, Hermes had the depth to see the sacred quality of their trade, uniting sex, money and enlightenment. [...]

The Original Good Shepherd

Here, next to the rosy colored church Good Shepherd is an ancient depiction of the Greek god Hermes, in a motif known as Hermes Kriophoros – referred to by the ancient Greeks, before Christianity, as the good shepherd. [...]

The Anatomy Of A Centaur

The idea of a centaur seems like mythological bliss, until you start asking the anatomical question of where all the parts go. [...]

Al Hamsa In North America

What explanations can you think of for the existence of the same symbol, the eye-in-hand, in cultures separated by the Atlantic Ocean? [...]

Anti-Materialism The Mythology Of Our Time

We could admit that we devote ourselves to our jobs, and acknowledge that money matters a great deal as our culture’s symbolic representation of workers’ time and effort. We could stop denying our desire for material goods, and instead try to understand that desire, thus savoring every last bit of material worth in our purchases instead of buying obsessively and then discarding what we buy in purges of guilt. [...]