June 13, 2020

What Happened To The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island

In 1584 English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The plan was to establish a colony in the new world, but soon after arrival, the hardships began to set in, and would become too much for the settlers. Strong weather battered the settlement, a lack of resources became worrisome, and poor relations with the […]

June 8, 2020

Kobolds: The Mischievous Goblin Creatures of Folklore

Numerous goblin-like creatures can be found in the folklore of various cultures, one of which is the European Kobold. According to sources, the kobold is a small, pointy-eared, goblin-like creature with a mischievous spirit. Initially, the Kobold is helpful, and has good intentions, but is easily angered and can quickly become a burden. Angering a […]

June 7, 2020

Aztlan: The Mythical Lost Land of The Aztecs

The Aztecs have puzzled and intrigued researchers for centuries, and the origins of the Aztec people is still a mystery. Mythical lands throughout various cultures have come and gone – including for the Aztecs. They have stories of their own mythical land, lost in time just like Atlantis, Lyonesse and Camelot in other parts of […]

May 31, 2020

The life and Divination Practices of Marie Lenormand

Marie Anne Lenormand also referred to as Sybil of the Faubourg Saint Germain, was a French fortune teller of great fame in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Even though she was born into a humble background, Marie is considered the greatest cartomancer of all time in France. She made her wealth serving the […]

May 19, 2020

The Life of Folklorist Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang was a folklorist, poet, novelist, editor, translator, compiler, biographer, essayist, and literary critic who contributed heavily to anthropology. He is well known as a collector of fairy and folk tales. Despite being a professional author who has contributed much to history, anthropology, and mythology; Andrew Lang is made famous by works that he […]

May 16, 2020

The Legend of Kiyohime The Japanese Ghost

Japan is renowned as a country steeped in mythology and folklore. It has been passed down throughout the generations and has given us some truly amazing, and creepy stories. However, many of these stories are unknown to westerners. One of the most famous Japanese stories, is of Kiyohime, the Japanese ghost. Japanese mythology embraces Buddhist […]

May 5, 2020

How The Novelist Charles Dickens Became A Mesmerist

On January 4th 1838, Charles Dickens went to the University College Hospital in Gower Street, with his friend and artist, George Cruikshank. When they arrived, they witnessed Professor John Elliotson mesmerizing the then 17-year-old Elizabeth Okey. Professor John Elliotson was renowned for his medical knowledge, but also his daring attitude to innovation in the industry. […]

April 19, 2020

The Byzantine Interpretation of Dreams by Achmet

Achmet refers to himself as the son of Sereim, who was in service to the Caliph, Maʾmūn, as an interpreter of dreams. While his father worked as a dream interpreter, it’s not known whether Achment himself was also an interpreter, but given his extensive work on the subject, it’s highly likely that he was involved […]

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