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Mythology

Martinmas Have a nice Saint Martin's Day! November was to the ancient Celts and Teutons an important month and round Martinmas (November 11) popular customs seem to cluster thickly. In Silesia when it snows at Martinmas, they say that Saint Martin is coming on his white steed, it might be noticed also the "Schimmelreiter" (The Rider on the White Horse) shows up at...

At first sight, you may have thought Maier files is just a comic, think again! The universe is as it is whether we like it or not. The sole question is, when proof shows the world out of accord with cherished beliefs, will we be humble enough to simply accept it? Somewhere behind all the myths and all legends there is an...

In Greek and Roman mythology, the palladium or palladion was a cult image of great antiquity on which the safety of Troy and later Rome was said to depend, the wooden statue (xoanon) of Pallas Athena that Odysseus and Diomedes stole from the citadel of Troy and which was later taken to the future site of Rome by Aeneas. The...

Harvest festivals celebrated more than finished work for the season; they celebrated the capacity to survive the winter. The best known of these harvest festivals was the Eleusinian Mysteries, a weeklong celebration in ancient Greece that fell close to the Autumn Equinox. The equinox is not just a one-day event. It can happen over a span of two to three days...

The Germanic wood  is immense, vast, dense, dark, and impenetrable. It is the refuge of the exiled and of outlaws, the site of lairs for terrifying and often monstrous animals, and the dwelling place for brigands and marginal individuals. The forest thereby forms a natural frontier. The Bohemian Forest (or Nemus Boemicum) to the south connects with the Bavarian Forest...