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Is there an identifiable origin for the association of minotaurs with battle axes?

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 ...
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Is there an identifiable origin for the association of minotaurs with battle axes?

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 ...
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Teenage boy transported to Medieval Ukraine

Sounds like Enchantment, by Orson Scott Card. The protagonist and narrator is Ivan Smetski, a young Ukrainian-American linguist who specializes in Old Church Slavonic, a language from 10th-century ...
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French folklore: giants trying to raise a ladder into Heaven to overthrow God

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 ...
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In-universe, is Gesar the same person as the central Asian folk hero?

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 ...
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Is there an identifiable origin for the association of minotaurs with battle axes?

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 ...
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Japanese Wedding Chant from Ghost in the Shell

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 ...
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Does the idea of a human being tricking demons (a bit like Constantine) come from folklore or some particular story predating Hellblazer?

Inspired by a comment from @shawn, I looked for references to tricking demons in the Ballad of Gilgamesh, and was able to find: The lord to the Living One's Mountain and Ho, hurrah! correspond to the ...
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Does the idea of a human being tricking demons (a bit like Constantine) come from folklore or some particular story predating Hellblazer?

Grimms Fairy Tales: 1812 - 1858 Der Bauer und der Teufel (The Peasant and the Devil) In Germany there is a tale about a farmer, making a deal with the/a devil. The farmer will get everything growing ...
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From what horror film does this clip of a man flying behind another originate?

Those images are from Hereditary (2018). From Wikipedia: Hereditary is a 2018 American psychological horror film written and directed by Ari Aster in his feature directorial debut. It stars Toni ...
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Who is the skeleton in the black robe in the Hellboy story "Darkness Calls"?

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 ...
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Russian Horror/Fantasy Film with magical constructs as farm labourers

This is the 2017 Estonian movie titled NOVEMBER. The farm equipment "creatures" are magically assembled and called kratts. Trailer
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Who is the skeleton in the black robe in the Hellboy story "Darkness Calls"?

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 ...
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What’s the origin of the Weird Sisters in Macbeth?

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 ...
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From what horror film is this clip of a grey-skinned, clawed hand emerging from a tree root?

That image is from The Wretched (2019). From Wikipedia: The Wretched is a 2019 American supernatural horror film written and directed by the Pierce Brothers. It stars John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, ...
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Movie about Koschei the Immortal

I guess this might be the movie, because it fits your description. Minute 35 is the part with needle and death. Tell me if it looks familiar: The name in the video is ...
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Is being a Time Lord a dominant trait?

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 ...
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Character identification: folklore villainess with a coat made of live animals

Since you're going based on a memory of something you heard, and you specifically reference "some snow queen" and so I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest you may be remembering Elsa, from Frozen. ...
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What was the origin of the idea that dragons can take human form?

There is a dragon from Korean mythology called the Imoogi (I may have spelled that wrong, so if I did, forgive me). It is born as a human child, and, as far as I know, female. It remains human until ...
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Are the supposed names of beasts/wesen in Grimm based on folklore or history?

Well, some are made up and some are based on existing folklore. Like the Krampus is bases in German paganism and the wendigo is based in Algonquian folklore. And so on. So even though many of the ...
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YA Book about a Banshee

Possibly My Soul to Take (2009) by Rachel Vincent, first book of the Soul Screamers series. She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a ...
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Why do Vampires have to be invited into your home?

This is a old element of vampire folklore. Although there were many variations on vampiric creatures, along with their powers and weaknesses, there were some fairly commonplace (but not universal) ...
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Are the supposed names of beasts/wesen in Grimm based on folklore or history?

There was an episode that revolved around a "Golem" which is legitimate, it comes from Jewish folklore and dates back quite some time. There's more about it in this Wiki article if you want to take ...
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