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Looking this up, I found this helpful website which lists and excerpts a variety of accounts of the Minotaur, and has a gallery of classical artwork about it. In the sources there, the Minotaur is not depicted with a particular weapon, double axe or otherwise; some of the images show him trying to brain Theseus with what looks like a rock, and some of the ...


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The tale of Cinderella has changed a lot over the past few centuries: Finally, the glass slipper is peculiar to Perrault's telling of the story, which is one of the world's best-known and most widely distributed folktales. In most versions, Cinderella is helped by her dead mother, who reappears as a domestic animal, typically a cow or goat, rather than ...


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Mary Renault had her human Minotaur wielding an axe in 1958, in The King Must Die. Of course there is no real monster in this story. But Minos's son Asterion is referred to many times as the Minotaur. "That was the King's son, Asterion." I [Theseus] laughed and said, "A starry name for an earthy thing. He answered, "It is not for you to use it. The ...


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This sounds like Jorōgumo This yokai is typically depicted as being a seductive female who lures men close before revealing its spider-like body and eating its victim. As Mythical Creatures List explains, The Jorogumo is a mythical creature from Japanese folklore whose name translates as ‘prostitute spider’. The name is now used to denote particular ...


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Being a Time Lord is not specifically a genetic trait. The title and distinction belongs solely to those beings from the world of Gallifrey who have been indoctrinated, trained and introduced to the Time Vortex via a particular set of rituals, instruction and guidance. Currently there are a few individuals who possess DNA from the world of Gallifrey ...


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There's a reference to La Crau (or rather the plain of La Crau) in the catchily titled 'Remarks on several parts of Europe, relating chiefly to their antiquities and history : collected upon the spot in several tours since the year 1723 and illustrated by upwards of forty copper plates, from original drawings. Vol. 2' by John Durant Breval. In short, a ...


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TL;DR: YES UPDATE - found actual in-universe canon confirmation The Most Radiant Gesar, aka Gesser, aka Djoru the Snotty, aka Boris Ignatievich, ... the Most Radiant Gesar, Higher Magician and Magician Beyond Classification, Light Other, Conqueror of Demons and Son of Heaven, Hero of Tibet and Mongolia, central character of the national epic the ...


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You've answered your own question in the question itself! Historically, the double axe was an important symbol for Crete. The word "labrys" as in "labyrinth" may also be associated with Crete and axes, although accounts vary. The mythological Minotaur also came from Crete, the labyrinth in fact. The association of Minotaurs and axes is derived from ...


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It is called (incorrectly, IMO) drakanthropy and has it's roots in Far East mythology. And this answers part of your question - it's not "modern fantasy". The Chinese further state that they (maybe broadly humans, definitely Chinese folk) are descendants of the dragons. Also, sometimes, it is being defined as common ancestor of human and other species (...


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These are usually attributed to the ancient idea of a golem, from Jewish folklore. In Jewish folklore, a golem (/ˈɡoʊləm/ goh-ləm; Hebrew: גולם‎) is an animated anthropomorphic being, created entirely from inanimate matter. The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material (usually out of stone and clay) in Psalms and medieval writing. The ...


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Well, in the Brothers Grimm version, there is no fairy godmother or rule about Midnight. In this version, there are 3 nights and on each night, there is a ball. Before the ball, Cinderella would go to a tree and say something—I forget what—and then birds would give her a dress. On the first night, she had a beautiful dress and shoes. On the second night, ...


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In legal terms, a "base-born" child, or bastard, is someone whose parents were not legally married at the time of their birth. A person whose parents were married when they were born were considered legal childen, or "true-born." Since the inheritence laws of Westeros are built around inheritence by birthright, it became neccesary to distinguish a nobleman's ...


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IMO, if you just want the essential details, my recommendation would be to read the wiki pages concerning the topics you want to know more about. You would get the same essential details by reading for a few minutes vs spending hours reading a book. http://www.wowwiki.com/Deathwing If you're interested in reading novels, these resources might help http://...


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In "The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Robert Burton (written in 1621), foliots are described as being a sort of poltergeist. Another sort of these there are, which frequent forlorn houses, which the Italians call foliots, most part innoxious, Cardan holds: 'They will make strange noises in the night, howl sometimes pitifully, and then laugh again, cause ...


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In Stoker's Dracula the Count forces Mina Harker to drink his own blood: Kneeling on the near edge of the bed facing outwards was the white-clad figure of his wife. By her side stood a tall, thin man, clad in black. [...] With his left hand he held both Mrs. Harker's hands, keeping them away with her arms at full tension. His right hand gripped her by the ...


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The character is indeed Death. He is referred to as such in the story Baba Yaga's Feast. --And finally Death arrived. He is not to be confused with the Horseman of the Apocalypse Death, who also exists in Hellboy's world.


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There's some interesting info about the history of salt used in superstitions here The concept of superstitious protection from spirits probably comes from a general understanding of the concept of salt as a preserver of tissues after death. Wiccanism (and spell-casting in general) certainly has its roots in older pre-christian traditions but it's worth ...


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Another option, aside from the Jorogumo, is that you are thinking of of Tsuchigumo, a clan of demons which had the face of an oni, the body of a tiger, and the arms and legs of a spider:


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I just found this thread when I Googled "Silver Cockleburr" because, in the spirit of Halloween, I'm looking up all the old stories that creeped me out to no end as a kid in the early-mid 90s. I remember the Silver Cockleburr was a short story written by a teenage girl either in American Girl magazine in the 1990s, or in the children's literary magazine ...


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At least according to the wiki entry for the Morai (Emphasis mine): In Shakespeare's Macbeth the Weird sisters (or Three Witches), are prophetesses, who are deeply entrenched in both worlds of reality and supernatural. Their creation was influenced by British folklore, witchcraft, and the legends of the Norns and the Moirai.[76] Hecate, the chthonic Greek ...


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The Wikipedia summary claims that this is indeed supposed to be a manifestation of Death. The Baba Yaga, Koku, and a figure that seems to be Death watch from their place at the tree's roots. A little further in Chapter 5 than the image you've shown, he gets a line, "I told you. You should have given me that girl to me all those years ago. But no, you ...


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What kid ever hasn't had a favorite teddy bear that was his best friend and most certainly alive in its own right? Ancient Greek mythology had various examples, Pygmalion being a sculpture, Talos was a man of bronze, Hephaestus made automatons for Zeus, etc... Japanese folklore in the 10th century have tsukumogami, which are things like tools that have ...


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You're thinking of the episode in season 3(was it Human Nature?), where the Doctor makes himself human for a period. He didn't start out like that, it was a temporary state. The wife and children you are thinking of are the love interest and the children they might have had, in a vision of a possible future. It was not a future that actually came to pass, ...


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Mr Mighty is a minor character in the original Anansi source stories, specifically story #4; "Tiger's Sheep Suit". Mr Mighty is characterised as a rich and powerful (but stupid) land-owner with a substantial farmholding. Anansi works for him and gradually steals all of his sheep, then frames his friend Tiger as the thief, collecting both the reward for the ...


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See this URL: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1344/whats-the-deal-with-witches-and-broomsticks You don't want to hear it, mom. Well, maybe you do, but you don't want to tell the kids. As we've learned from our previous forays into folklore, most of these old rituals have something to do with S-E-X. You thought Easter eggs and bunnies as fertility ...


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If Cinderella had both slippers, they would have disappeared. But she had one and the prince now owned the other. Their love held onto the magic. Therefore the power of dreams coming true. The page carried the magic on a pillow( a pillow a symbol of dreams). It wasn't the slipper but a tiny foot (symbol of grace and nobility) that convinced the king's ...


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From a Japanese friend who is an anthropologist specializing in music: This chant (both text and melody) is not a folk song, but written by Kawai. Its Japanese title "Utai" usually means a genre performed in Nō theatre, and out of the theatre often associated with wedding ceremonies. But this is never sung in the wedding as the text suggests a kind of ...


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Krampus (evil santa as they put it) is German folklore, based on Germanic paganism. So I can say krampus was not made up for the show.


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