History of Shape-shifting Legends and Folklore

Posted by Roses on February 21, 2012

half man half wolf. also known as the Aswang

Shape shifting, or the act of one species taking on the full or partial form of another for a period of time, has its place in many legends throughout history. Cave drawings discovered in Ariege, France have images of half animal/half human creatures, giving way to the knowledge that these types of legends go back even farther than once thought.  Where did these legends come from?  Indeed why was it believed that either by will or involuntarily, a person could change forms?  With all that we know now of the physical impossibility of such a thing, why do people still believe there are those who may walk normally among the human race that have the ability to take on animal like characteristics?

The legends of shape-shifting are varied as far as the type of animal a person becomes.  In rare cases, the belief for some is so strong that it actually gave birth to a diagnosable condition for those who think they can transform into a …

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Ramayana and King Ravana – Legend or a Part of History?

Posted by Roses on December 17, 2011
King Ravana

The King Ravana in his true Demon Form

It has been theorized that some of the gods and goddesses of mythologies may have been representations of world leaders of the times. Rarely though, is evidence found to conclusively link ancient legends to something tangible. However, one ancient story that has been regarded as simply an old legend may have some basis in reality. It is the Hindu story of Ramayana and the evidence that the antagonist of the tale, Ravana, may actually have existed.

In 2008, it was reported that the mountain area of Noroliya had unearthed some very interesting discoveries that have caused some to believe that maybe the Hindu legends of old were not merely fables. The Ramayana is one of two epics allegedly written by Valmiki that many scientists in Sri Lanka had written off as being merely an old tale until the discovery of a very old coffin and some stones got the entire community in a state of wonder. For it was, many believe, not just any coffin but rather …

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Native Legends Around the United States

Posted by Roses on July 6, 2011

Native Legends Of The United States

The nations and people indigenous to the United States of America have very complex histories that, like ours, includes explanations and reasons for how things happen in the universe.  These legends and myths were taught throughout the centuries, being preserved by word of mouth, generation unto generation.  It is their heritage and their gift to those who come after them.  They are stories, to be sure, and not much different from other stories and myths that have explained things in the past.  These legends were meant to be treasured and shared, and we would like to take you, the reader, on a little journey through some of the different nations that are indigenous to what we now call America–and the legends that are part of their very rich culture.

The Arapaho people were among the Great Plains nations, once roaming the lands of what is now South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska.  A resourceful people, they were able to often move their entire tipi and belongings at a …

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Vampires of Legend

Posted by Roses on May 19, 2011
Arnold Paole

Arnold Paole

Vampire. The word conjures up images of suave, handsome, or strikingly beautiful creatures, such as is depicted in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Those of you who are fans of her books are quite familiar with the arrogant and sexy Lestat.

One of the most famous vampires of all time is, of course, Count Dracula. The brain child of Bram Stoker who based his immortal monster on a Hungarian ruler know as Vlad Tepes, also know as Vlad Dracul-a, which when translated means “son of the dragon,” a nicknamed that was well earned, for the count was a blood thirsty and ruthless ruler. He was also known as Vlad the Impaler due to his habit of impaling people on very sharp stakes and letting them suffer until they died a horrible and extremely painful death.

The legends of vampires were around long before Stoker wrote his book. From very early times there have been reports and tales of vampires, or vampyr, which means, when roughly translated, “blood drinker.” In nature there are all kinds …

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Lamia a Greek Vampire Legend

Posted by Roses on May 18, 2011

As I promised here is the legend in vampire history of Greece…

The vampire fore-runner is next seen in ancient Greek mythology. While there are several minor deities that have vampire-like qualities, the myths involving Lamia and the Empusa are the closest link to modern day vampires. While neither demigoddess was considered “undead,” both show many similarities to the vampire.

lamiaGreek mythology tended to be malleable over time, and demigods and goddesses tended to change in quality, form, virtues, and responsibilities. The earliest form of the Empusa was that of being the daughter of the Greek Goddess Hecate. Hecate was originally a Chthonian (meaning not a major deity residing upon Mt. Olympus) Greco-Roman goddess of magic, and was later a three-faced goddess of ghosts, witches, and curses. The Empusa is described as demonic-looking and was said to have bronze feet. She would take the form of a beautiful young woman in order to seduce young men and drink their blood while asleep.

Lamia, however, is something entirely different. Considered somewhat a tragedy (at least by …

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The Birth Place Of Zeus Has Been Found

Posted by Roses on March 28, 2011
some of the items found on the site of Zeus birth place

some of the items found on the site of Zeus birth place that looks like a coin and petrified lightning

It appears in Crete Greece that archaeologists may have found the real place of which the Greek Myths speaks of where The Great Greek God Zeus himself was raised. In the myths it tell us that Zeus was raised in Mount Lykaion in Crete to keep Cronos away from him. He was hidden there until he became a man and took over Mount Olympus with his brothers and sister(s)
As of digs more then two years ago has showed that there was an altar with ceremonial goods there that was given to Zeus as they worshiped him. These items date back as far as the legend started of Zeus. They are said to be over 3400 years old which makes these items the oldest known items that was used to worship Zeus that any one knows of. This is also the first place where Zeus was first worshiped then from there it spread.

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Zeus The Greek Supreme God

Posted by Roses on March 25, 2011

zeus setting on his thron

The Greek supreme god of all living and all creation came at a great price. Cronus and Rhea was his parents, Cronus was a titian and Rhea was considered as a Titan too due to her parents which were Gaia and Ouranos. She was known by most as The Mother Of The Gods. She was also Cronus sister as well as spouse. Due to that Cronus had over powered his own father and became king of the Gods he feared that his own children would do the same thing to him as well as that Gaia and Ouranos had told him that his children would rise up against him and take the throne for themselves. So as Rhea had his children he would swallow them. They would not die but just be trapped within his body they would grow inside of him just as they would have in the world. He done this every time just as soon as the children were born. Rhea soon grew tiered of this and …

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The Titans The First Greek Gods

Posted by Roses on March 5, 2011
the twelve titans

The Twelve Titans

The myths of Ancient Greece chronicle a very interesting tale of human existence, filled with iconic gods and goddesses that controlled the destiny of mortals. These deities were said to come from forces of nature that were referred to as Titans in Hesiod’s epic Theogony.  They were said to be the first twelve children of Uranus (Father Sky) and Gaea (Mother Earth). The Titans were elemental rather than human, however their story is filled with more passion, greed, heroism, and violence than a modern day drama

In Greek mythology

The stages of mortal existence are separated into ages.

The first of these was the Golden Age when the Titans ruled, and it represented a time when peace and harmony reigned. The tranquility was not all that it appeared though, and it came at a rather horrific price. Uranus was displeased with the younger children that Gaea gave birth to after the first twelve, considering the many arms of the Hecatonchires and the one-eyed Cyclopes to be hideous.  He imprisoned them in Gaea’s

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Who Were the First Stone Carvers?

Posted by Roses on March 1, 2011

There are several different prehistoric and historic peoples involved in the history of stone carving. Spanning from 10,000 BC through A.D. 1880 many different markings have been left on large boulders and canyon walls across the country. We will talk specifically about the area surrounding the Colorado River as it runs through Moab, Utah and investigate the tribes and styles of stone carving found in this region.

On the Colorado Plateau the earliest evidence of hand carved rock art is thought to be carved during what is known as the Archaic period. This period spans from approximately 5,500 B.C. to A.D. 1. There were a couple different styles of stone carvings left during each of the time spans we will discuss. The first type consists of zig zag and parallel lines, dots, circles and other kinds of non-specific shapes. This style of rock art is called Abstract. The other style of carving consists of ghostlike body forms, headdresses, animal and plant forms. This style is known as Representational or Barrier Canyon Style.

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The Legend of Lilith Demon and Vampire

Posted by Roses on February 26, 2011
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Lilith in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve

This myth begins at the very creation of man and of Lilith (the first woman created for Adam).

So God created man and woman in his own image and blessed them. Many have made her a model for feminism, because when Adam would not relent in his domination of her, she grew so angry that she uttered the Holy name of God and vanished.

God then had to make Eve for Adam, making her of his rib bone, so that she would be attached to him and not leave as Lilith had done.

Here, Lilith went out to the Red Sea, where she made a bargain with the Angels and she was allowed to stay out on her own, as a witch, and MOTHER OF ALL DEMONS.

Cain was the first born son of Adam and Eve. He was banished, with a mark, from the land of his parents because he killed his brother Abel in a jealous rage. He was cursed by God and …

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