The Folklore of the Yuki Onna

Imagine this: you find yourself lost in the woods, high up in the mountains of Japan.  Snow is falling in a thick curtain, and out of the corner of your eyes you see a woman dressed in white slipping amongst the trees.  You blink and she is there, sucking your life force from you as […]

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The Myth of Arachne

Imagine being amazing at something.  Now imagine being known for it, for people celebrating your talent, even comparing it to the gods.  Can you see it? Can you feel your pride building? Now picture the goddess you are compared to coming for you, and you are going toe-to-toe with her.  And you win. Your prize? […]

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The Myth of the Manticore

Imagine this: you are walking through a jungle with a group of people when something moves just at the corner of your vision.  You turn to move, but it’s too late. The massive, reddish creature moves too fast for you to track as it leaps towards you, claws extended.  You have just encountered a manticore. […]

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The Myth of Cerberus

Imagine this: you are entering the underworld through the River Styx, and as you make your way towards the gates you see a three-headed dog guarding the entrance.  He allows you to pass through, though you will never leave again. This is Cerberus, the three-headed watchdog who guards the gates of the Underworld. Cerberus was […]

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The Folklore of Vasilisa the Beautiful

Imagine going against a witch with iron teeth who rides on a mortar and pestle, lives in a house that stands on chicken legs, and eats people.  Not a very pleasant thought. However, Vasilisa the Beautiful wasn’t alone when she was forced to face the witch Baba Yaga. For Vasilisa was given a doll by […]

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The Myth of the Sphinx

Imagine this: you are wandering in the desert when you come across these giant statues.  They have the head of a human, the body of a lion, and they tower over everything for miles.  You have just come across a sphinx.   The sphinx — in ancient egypt — was a spiritual guardian that was […]

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The Folklore of Roanoke

The story of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock is of course famous for being one of the first colonies to be founded in the “New World” — the first being Jamestown.  However, before they had come here, there was a group of one hundred and seventeen people who landed in Virginia, only to never […]

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