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Samodiva: A Woodland Fairy in Slavic Folklore

By |2020-01-12T01:56:29+03:00January 12th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Samodiva, Samovila or Vila is a woodland fairy or nymph found in South and West Slavic folklore. Samodiva is commonly depicted as an ethereal maiden with long, loose hair, and in some cases, wings. They are typically dressed in free-flowing, feathered white gowns, which give [...]

Christmas Tree Origin and Environmental Issues

By |2019-12-16T02:52:07+03:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually, an evergreen conifer, such as spruce, pine or fir, or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas. The custom was developed in medieval Livonia (present-day Estonia and Latvia), and in early modern [...]

Metatron: The Angel of the Veil

By |2019-12-06T01:47:28+03:00December 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Metatron is an angel in Judeo-Islamic mythology, mentioned in a few brief passages in the Aggadah and in mystical Kabbalistic texts within the Rabbinic literature. The name Metatron is not mentioned in the Torah and how the name originated is a matter of debate. In [...]

Melusine: A Spirit of Freshwater in European Folklore

By |2019-11-18T02:02:19+03:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Melusine or Melusina is a figure of European folklore and mythology, a female spirit of freshwater in a sacred spring or river. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (much like a mermaid). She is [...]

Elemental: A Mythic Being in Occult and Alchemical Works

By |2019-11-07T20:13:02+03:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

An elemental is a mythic being that is described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance and particularly elaborated in the 16th-century works of Paracelsus. According to Paracelsus and his subsequent followers, there are four categories of elementals, which [...]

Baba Yaga – A Supernatural Old Woman in Slavic Folklore

By |2019-10-29T01:03:05+03:00October 29th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |

In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed or ferocious-looking old woman. In Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle, and dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing [...]

The Greek Magical Papyri

By |2019-05-06T17:06:43+03:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Greek Magical Papyri is the name given by scholars to a body of papyri from Graeco-Roman Egypt, written mostly in ancient Greek, which each contain a number of magical spells, formulae, hymns, and rituals. The materials in the Greek Magical Papyri date from the [...]

Giants Mythology From Around the World

By |2019-04-08T13:42:45+03:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Giants are beings of human appearance but of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many different cultures. The word giant, first attested in 1297, was derived from the Gigantes of Greek mythology. In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured [...]

The Origins and History of Santa Claus

By |2018-12-18T23:46:11+03:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa. He is a legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on Christmas Eve (24 December) and the early morning [...]