Category: Myths & Legends

Myths and Legends

People once imagined that the Earth was round, that one day we would travel into outer space, and that there were things called black holes in our universe. Over time, these once crazy ideas have been proven. This is where imagination leads to understanding and discovery of amazing things. The mysterious is no longer a mystery. Imagination is our ability to conceive of things that seem bizarre, unreal, or mere fantasy, and imagination is where wondrous stories are made and anything can happen. When you investigate our category of Myths and Legends, you delve into exploration of the unknown, unproven, and mysterious – a world of imagination. Some myths and legends have their roots in real events or things, while others are just speculation. The beauty of imagination is that is doesn’t matter whether something is real or not. Was King Arthur real? Do Bigfoot and the Lochness Monster really exist? What could the Chupacabra really be? Explore our fascinating stories and imagine.

Valhalla – Odin’s Hall of the Slain

Valhalla – Odin’s Hall of the Slain

Valhalla is the name of the spirit realm presided over by the chief of all gods, Odin. What do the Old Norse sources tell us about the Hall of the Slain?

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Dracula’s Castle – Is the Real One in Transylvania or Scotland?

Dracula’s Castle – Is the Real One in Transylvania or Scotland?

Most people believe Bram Stoker based Dracula's castle on Bran Castle in Transylvania, but there is evidence that it may have been Slains Castle instead.

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Prester John Legend: Where Was The “Exotic” Land of This Christian King?

Prester John Legend: Where Was The “Exotic” Land of This Christian King?

Prester John was a legendary man who ruled over lands filled with riches and exotic animals. Could he have been a real person? If so, where was he from?

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Legend of the Miraculous Loretto Chapel Staircase

Legend of the Miraculous Loretto Chapel Staircase

Deep in the Southwestern U.S. the legend about the mysterious Loretto Chapel staircase persists to this day. Why do the faithful flock to see this miracle?

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Celtic Goddess Brigid and the Story of the Enduring Deity

Celtic Goddess Brigid and the Story of the Enduring Deity

The Celtic goddess Brigid changed into St. Brigid of Kildare in 450 AD, but she never lost her goddess qualities. How did the ancient deity survive so long?

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Yggdrasil Tree of Life and the Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology

Yggdrasil Tree of Life and the Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology

Yggdrasil is a sacred ash tree that cradles the nine worlds of the Norse cosmos. It stands evergreen and represents the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

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Black Cat Superstition: Good and Bad Luck Beliefs

Black Cat Superstition: Good and Bad Luck Beliefs

Black cat superstition has been good and bad throughout history. Read how the black cat has been revered in some places but persecuted in others.

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Mars and The Great Galactic Ghoul

Mars and The Great Galactic Ghoul

The number of thwarted Mars missions is uncanny. Could there be some truth to the Great Galactic Goul that causes probes to fail?

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Baba Yaga: The Wise Witch of Slavic Folklore

Baba Yaga: The Wise Witch of Slavic Folklore

Baba Yaga eats people. She's wicked but all-knowing. If you're noble of heart, she may let you live. Read about the famous witch of Russian folklore.

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The Oily Man – Orang Minyak

The Oily Man – Orang Minyak

Orang Minyak, or Oily Man, is a Malaysian legend regarding sex starved young men that actually turn to dark magic to win over that special someone.

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Yamashita’s Gold: The Philippine Treasure Caves

Yamashita’s Gold: The Philippine Treasure Caves

The Imperial Army of Japan is purported to have buried or hidden tons of gold in the Philippines. Where is Yamashita's gold or does it exist at all?

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The Legend of Sawney Bean

The Legend of Sawney Bean

Alexander Sawney Bean was the head of a clan who killed and cannibalized over 1,000 people. This legend inspired Wes Craven's "The Hills Have Eyes."

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Not Just A Movie – Is The Matrix Real?

Not Just A Movie – Is The Matrix Real?

Is the Matrix real? In 2001 scientists made their first serious attempt to calculate what resources a universe sized simulation would be required.

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Smok the Wawel Dragon: Legend of Polish Folklore

Smok the Wawel Dragon: Legend of Polish Folklore

One of the oldest and most endearing Polish folklore tells of Smok – the Wawel dragon. Smok lived on Wawel Hill and terrified Krakow's early settlers.

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Polybius

Polybius

Was Polybius a hoax arcade game that was invented and passed off as true? Or is this a true event that is being passed off as a hoax?

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Historic Mysteries