Full Moon Madness

Once upon a time Hollywood had us believing that werewolves only came out on the night of a full moon and that in order to become a werewolf, one had to be bitten by a wolf and could only be killed by a silver bullet. In European folklore, a child who is born feet first […]

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Mythical Creature of the Week: The Phoenix

While the color of its plumage may vary from myth to myth, the Phoenix is always majestic and powerful. Frequently associated with the sun, this fabled bird appears in ancient and medieval literature, usually crowned with a vibrant halo.  Because legends so frequently depict this regal bird’s death and resurrection, the Phoenix is often used […]

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Mythical Creature of the Week: Big Hairy Guys

Tales of giant hairy beasts roaming the forests and inhabiting the lonely places at the edge of civilization have been embedded into our subconscious and passed down through the legends of Indigenous tribes and encounters by everyday eyewitnesses. Stories of these creatures range from them being mere “gentle giants” who are protectors of the wilderness […]

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Mythical Creatures of the Week: Horse Creatures

The mention of unicorns or winged horses may bring to mind images from children’s stories, but these mythological creatures have a rich history which begins thousands of years ago and arises in cultures all around the world. Because of our familiarity with Greek mythology, Pegasus is the most well-known of the tales of winged horses. […]

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Around the World with Cinderella

The story of Cinderella is one of the most well-known fairy tales worldwide, likely because it has been with us the longest. Its roots go back as far as the 6th century BC with some iteration arising in almost every part of the world. There are said to be some 345 versions of the tale […]

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Legends Reborn: Cinematic Adaptations of Legends

One of the most exciting things about legends and folklore is the way these stories provide endless inspiration for adaptations, updates, parodies, and homages. Because these stories are in the public domain, artists, writers, and filmmakers are free to use them as raw material for all kinds of new creations.  The stories surrounding King Arthur […]

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Mythical Creature of the Week: Merfolk

In 1493, Christopher Columbus spotted three mermaids, which he described as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” Nineteenth-century sideshows like PT Barnum’s American Museum often displayed mermaid skeletons. So why are merfolk our mythical creature of the week?  you may ask. Clearly they’re the real deal. Today, it is commonly believed that sailors mistook […]

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