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The Origin of Werewolves
Why do we romanticize werewolves? Perhaps part of the allure comes from their ability to access primal qualities we can never known ourselves. Perhaps part of it comes from their supposed origin.
Superstitions of the Appalachains
The Appalachian Mountains are rife with superstitions. Having grown up in the area, I have a pretty good grasp of the most commonly heard superstitions in Appalachia.
The Curse of the Seven Children
The Curse of the Seven Children is an Italian folk-tale where a seventh daughter manages to reverse a curse laid on her siblings by her father.
The Jersey Devil
The Jersey Devil is the only demon to ever be designated a state demon in the United States. This is the story of its origins.
Folklore and Mythology Newsletter
The folklore and mythology newsletter is sent out every week and provides information for those interested in learning about the many different branches of folklore and mythology.
Folklore - Ballads
Ballads are stories set to song, and they have been a part of Folklore since the Middle Ages. While ballads originated with wandering minstrels, the introduction of the printing press caused them to slowly dwindle. Some folk ballads remain today -especially in the mountains.
Chimeras are genetic hybrids. Originally, Chimera was a Greek monster, and it was an incredibly bad omen to spot her. In addition, chimeras can be supernatural constructs. They can also be human, in the form of absorbed twins.
Prometheus and Coyote: The Theft of Fire
Prometheus and Coyote both defied the gods in order to steal fire for humanity. They went about the theft in different ways, so they paid different prices for their crimes.
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