Stories or beliefs about supernatural beings and events held to be true in some culture.

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Book series, Reincarnation, Different Gods and Goddess?

I remember reading this novel in high school (around 2010-2014). Chosen kids are transported through time into a post-apocalypse world where humans cannot have babies anymore. Each kid represents a ...
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Olympian Gods in Modern Times

I'm trying to find the title of a book that I read many years ago. It's set in the 1920s (IIRC) and deals with the Olympian gods coming to live in New York. There are also leprechauns. The story is ...
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Was the ending of The Return of the King inspired by some other story?

At the end of Lloyd Alexander's "The Chronicles of Prydain" series, all of the people with magic left Prydain for some other place, leaving the world to be ruled by men. I thought this was ...
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Does Peter Pan have the fountain of youth?

We all know that Peter Pan makes his home in the land where you'll never grow up. However, he probably didn't start there, and he likely won't end there. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, ...
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Does eating a monk really make you immortal?

In Journey to the West demons and assorted evil doers frequently capture the monk Xuanzang with the intent of eating him. They are said to believe that it will grant immortality and/or cleanse you of ...
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Who is Oberon in the Dresden-verse?

The names Titania and Mab both come to us from Shakespeare, through A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet, respectively. Both are described as queen of the faeries and the consort of Oberon, ...
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What are the differences between different Bulfinch versions?

I've noticed there are multiple versions of Bulfinch "the age of fable". The one in project Gutenberg (standalone version, equal to the Amazon free version) contains a chapter on the "aryan family" ...
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Book where a boy with tattoos is destined to defeat an evil demon

The book cover has a man with a yin yang tattoo on his shoulder and a dragon tattoo on his arm. His back is facing the front and in the background I believe there is a mountain or valley. The story ...
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Inspiration for the Dementors

Are there any classical analogues to the dementors in the Harry Potter franchise? Many of the creatures that inhabit J.K. Rowling's world of Harry Potter and hogwarts are taken directly from ...
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Was the Great Pattern concept borrowed?

I already know that the Wheel of Time idea originates in real-world concept, Kalachakra (the author admitted it). But what about the Pattern - as a textile metaphor for fate, space, time and universe ...
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80s animation, strange creature eating a human, green bird-face creature

I remember an animation on VHS, it should be one of the 80s animations or maybe early 90s. A strange creature eating humans' body parts and then change to a woman, some other guy told her that she ...
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What is the meaning of Tolkien regarding the legend of King Arthur?

In the letter J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to Milton Waldan, he wrote: Also – and here I hope I shall not sound absurd – I was from early days grieved by the poverty of my own beloved country: it had no ...
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Spider demon in Japanese folklore that feeds on human beings

Details: I am positive it does appear in Japanese folklore, it is some type of spider demon that feeds on human beings, and it could either be a centaur type creature with a woman's torso or straight ...
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SGA: Are the Wraith vampires?

The connection is rather obvious. The Wraith are nearly immortal and suck the life out of humans. Of course there are also differences from classical vampire lore. The following two articles ...
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Young Adult novel - Brother and Sister go back in time and meet Cuchulain

This is probably an easy one, but I can't think of the right combination of keywords. I read it as a hardback around the late 1980s to the early 1990s. It involved a brother and sister who somehow ...
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Why is the ancient land so much more dangerous than America?

In the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, the ancient lands (Rome and Greece) are a lot more dangerous than America. I would think that the monsters from the ancient lands would have moved ...
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1970s Greek Mythology schoolbooks with kids who “discover” mythology

I am trying to recall the name of some educational workbooks and characters that would have been in circulation when I was in 3rd grade (United States around 1974). These texts were part of the ...
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Did Lewis Carroll make up these creatures?

Are the unfamiliar creatures in Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" as transcribed in Alice through the Looking Glass (p. 15-16, chapter I, looking-glass house) of his own creation, or are they preexisting ...
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Did Gaiman make up “Loki Skywalker”, or does he have a source for it?

In Neil Gaiman's works, Loki has a tendency to refer to himself as "Skywalker" or "Sky Walker". Some examples: I am the mother to Odin's stallion, Sleipnir. I am the father of Fenrir sun-eater ...
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What kind of creature is a “Foliot”?

In the high fantasy novel The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison one of the many kingdoms are the Foliot Islands. The leader of these people is the Red Foliot. What kind of creature is a foliot? From ...
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Why are Tolkien’s Elves tall?

As we all know Tolkien’s Elves are a noble tall and dexterous race. this is adressed in Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? of which this question is not a duplicate I was wondering where ...
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Is the “Pale Man” from Pan's Labyrinth based on any mythological character?

I'm talking about this guy: Easily the creepiest part of an already very visually creepy movie. What I'm wondering is if there's anything like this guy in pre-existing mythology, or if he sprung ...
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His Dark Materials - Mythology and Symbolism Behind Dæmon Forms

Has Philip Pullman or any canon source with respect to the series provided any background information on how a character's personality "maps" (ie: in a computing/logical sense) to a particular animal? ...
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Is the teacher reading from an actual mythology story?

In the Next Generation episode Hero Worship there is a scene where a school teacher is reading mythology to the students. There is only one line of the story read in the episode: TEACHER: Dara ...
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Does the attempted invasion of Midgard by Frost Giants figure into any Nordic myth?

As we learn in the first Thor movie and in episodes of Agents of SHIELD, many of the stories of the Norse gods on Earth were likely influenced by early interactions with Asgardians. Lady Sif mentions ...
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Book Series, England, Goddesses, Reincarnation

I'm trying to recall the author/book series based on goddesses and mythology, set in England; in multiple books the series moves to war time England, with the fight between two women (goddesses) and ...
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Story about space travelers who stumble across an alien civilization only to realize it is heaven and God has gone insane

Does anyone know what book or series I am thinking of? Honestly, this may be a movie, a book, a short story, etc. I can't quite remember. I just remember someone describing a story in which space ...
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What is the size limit to the 'Midas effect'? [closed]

For those unacquainted with the story of King Midas, he was the one who wished everything he touched would turn to gold, but found how terrible this was (he couldn't eat/drink anything of his own ...
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What is the origin of the vampire's drudge?

I have recently come across the idea of a vampire's drudge: a slave to do a vampire's bidding. However, I have not been able to find the origin of it. In fact, the only references to it I am able to ...
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Where does the lore about salt and ghosts originate?

I have watched Supernatural through season seven and always thought the salt thing was particular to the world of "Supernatural." I have not watched or read a lot of "ghost stories." While watching ...
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How are the Nine Realms situated in space?

So both before the Marvel Cinematic Universe and up until Thor: The Dark World, I always thought the Nine Realms were more akin to parallel dimensions than anything else. However, in The Dark World, ...
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Are there any creatures, species, races, or objects in Middle Earth that Tolkien totally invented?

Don't get me wrong; JRRT's Middle Earth books are awesome. I was just wondering if anything in them was entirely original, or if he borrowed everything from various mythologies (mostly Northern ...
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Know any fallen angels? [closed]

Not a movie character or a novel's protagonist, but from mythology, do you know any fallen angel and why did the angel fell? The only one I know is Lucifer Note: I have went through a list provided ...
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Mythical parallels for Tolkien's stories [closed]

Edit: Since this question was too broad, I'll center it specifically in Norse mythology (Eddas and Sagas) and only in episodes or motifs in the Silmarillion. Not in the general conception but just in ...
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Ragnarok in space?

I'm trying to identify a novel that retells the story of Ragnarok as a space opera. If I recall correctly, the protagonists were a small group of extraordinary individuals named after the Norse gods, ...
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Do the leaves of Yggdrasil (the World Tree) have any special properties?

Do the leaves of the World Tree (Yggdrasil) have any special properties in Norse Mythology? How about in other fantasy works, including comics?
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Identify a story about a magic string-box?

I'm trying to identify what is either a mythological story (likely from the Greco-Roman tradition, but not necessarily; could be an Aesop thing, or similar), or a short story. The plot is as follows, ...
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Is there any basis for The Destroyer in Norse Mythology?

So I'm re-watching the film Thor, and it goes without saying that it is based on Norse mythology. After watching it the first time, I read an introductory, but fairly thorough book of Norse mythology, ...
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What is the amulet of Hesperus?

In Supernatural season 8 - What's up Tiger Mommy? the first item up for auction is the Amulet of Hesperus. I know that Hesperus is the ancient god Venus, but I find no mention of a necklace. Did one ...
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Who bid for Mjolnir?

In the latest episode of supernatural Season 8, Episode 2 - What's Up, Tiger Mommy?, who do we see bidding for Mjolnir? I strongly suspect that it was Loki, one of the few I can think of that would ...
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Are there any prerequisites to wielding Mjolnir in supernatural

I know Mjolnir has been done to death on this site, but I've just seen Sam Winchester smash in some supernatural faces with Mjolnir. Does Mjolnir have the same requirements for use in the supernatural ...
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Were there any Greek Mythology heroes born of Goddesses?

A typical Greek hero origin story was being born to a mortal woman and an Olympic god (usually, though not exclusively, Zeus the Philanderer). See Herakles, Perseus, Bellerophon, etc... Were there ...
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Who or what was Xena? What is she based on?

The story of Hercules is a well known trope: Demi-god, cast to earth, must make good to his father. Simple, effective. Xena has always puzzled me, as I assumed she had a similar back story to ...
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Leprechaun and Vampire - a Mythical link?

In Supernatural, the brothers are advised in the episode Clap Your Hands If You Believe that spilling salt in front of the Leprechaun will slow it down, as he is compelled to count the grains. I ...
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Is there a name for a vampire werewolf hybrid in mythology?

Inspired by the recently closed question.Most modern media call a vampire/werewolf cross breed 'hybrids'. Do these hybrids exist in mythology or ancient literature at all? If they do what are they ...
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Is there a mythological basis for the glass-eyed men in Gunnerkrigg Court?

Gunnerkrigg Court is a brilliant amalgam of fantasy and mythology, and many of the characters and story elements come straight out of myths. While Coyote himself is obviously the Native American ...
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Why do the Hero Twins kill Zipacna in the Popol Vuh? [closed]

I have a very hard time understanding this part of the story. The narrator of the book describes Zipacna favourably. He never does anything villainous. So why do the heroes kill him?
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In the X-Files Episode “Deadalive”, did Scully cure Mulder of the alien virus without the vaccine?

I just watched it (going through the mythology episodes). Mulder had what Scully "strongly believed" was the alien virus. Doggett failed to get the vaccine from Krycek so Skully treated him with ...
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In Marvel Comics, why did the Asgardians cut off contact with Midgard (i.e. Earth)?

In the Marvel Comics universe, the Norse gods are real. Thor, Odin, Loki and friends actually exist in that universe. The Earth in the Marvel Universe is pretty similar to the actual Earth, ...
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Are the fae unable to lie or forbidden from lying?

In the Mercy Thompson universe, the characters are always saying that the fae cannot lie (but that they twist the truth to the maximum) However, in one book (I don't quite recall which one, it may ...