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Qilin

The Qilin is a mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creature and is said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a wise sage or an illustrious ruler.

                                               

Unicorn

A unicorn is a legendary and mythical creature. It looks like a pony with one long, single and white horn on its head. The word unicorn means literally "one-horn". It comes from the Latin word ūnus, which means one, and cornu which means horn, wh ...

                                               

Robin Hood

Robin Hood is a folk hero from the Middle Ages in England. He is a legendary person whom people have told stories about for many years. Robin Hood is one who still remains popular. His story has been featured in books, plays, movies and cartoons ...

                                               

The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood

Roddy McDowall as Prince John Roy Kinnear as Friar Tuck Janet Suzman as Eleanor of Aquitaine Michelle Newell as Rebecca Morgan Fairchild as Lady Marian George Segal as Robin Hood Neil Hallett as the Sheriff of Nottingham Pat Roach as Little John ...

                                               

13 (number)

Thirteen is a number. It comes after twelve and before fourteen. It is an odd number. Many people think thirteen is an unlucky number, especially when Friday is the thirteenth day of the month. This is a superstition. There is no proof that thirt ...

                                               

666 (number)

666 is a natural number after 665 and before 667. It is a number with many properties. One of these properties is that it is the sum of the first 36 natural numbers. That makes 666 a triangular number. 666 is the sum of the first 144 decimals of ...

                                               

Curse

A curse is a word which threatens the other person to have bad luck. Nobody knows if it really works or become true. Some people believe in them even so, that they become true by magic. For example, for fairy tales, the princes are cursed to beco ...

                                               

Fan death

Fan death is a widely-held belief in Korea that leaving an electric fan on overnight will kill a person. However, no people are known to have been killed by this.

                                               

Gorgoneion

In Ancient Greece, the Gorgoneion was originally a magic pendant showing the Gorgons head. The gorgoneion was linked with the gods Zeus and Athena; both are said to have worn it as a pendant. It was also popular as a royal symbol, worn on shields ...

                                               

Horseshoe

Horseshoes are things worn by horses to protect their hooves when they walk - like a shoe. Most horseshoes are made of iron or steel. Some are aluminum, rubber, plastic, rawhide or a combination of materials. A farrier is someone who makes horses ...

                                               

Human sacrifice

Human sacrifice is the act of killing a human being as an offering to a deity or other, normally supernatural, power. It was practiced in many ancient cultures. The practice was different in different cultures. Some like the Mayans and Aztecs are ...

                                               

Number of the Beast

The number of the Beast is the fear of the number 666. It comes from the Biblical verse Revelation 13:18, which says that the number 666 is the number of the beast, associated with Satan or the Antichrist. A well-known example of this fear is Nan ...

                                               

Rain dance

A rain dance is a ceremonial dance. It is performed by people who believe it will cause rain and keep their harvest safe. Many different types of "rain dances" can be found in many cultures, from Ancient Egypt to certain Native American tribes. I ...

                                               

Tetraphobia

Tetraphobia is a fear of the number 4. It is a superstition found most often in East Asian areas, for example China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The Chinese word for four, sounds very similar to the word for death. Chinese people take care not to u ...

                                               

Witchcraft

Witchcraft is the use of magical powers. This might be for healing, seeing into the future, causing harm, for religion. A person practicing witchcraft is called a witch, although a man practicing witchcraft is often mistakenly called a wizard, a ...

                                               

Bell, Book and Candle

Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 American romantic comedy movie, made in Technicolor. It is based on a successful Broadway play of the same name. The plot for the movie was changed to add characters to the scenes. In the play, some minor people ar ...

                                               

Samlesbury witches

The Samlesbury witches were three women who were said to be witches, murderers and cannibals. The three women, Jane Southworth, Jennet Bierley, and Ellen Bierley, were accused of practising witchcraft by a 14-year-old girl, Grace Sowerbutts. They ...

                                               

Skin-walker

A skin-walker A shape shifting creature that usually takes the form of a wolf or coyote. It is said that in order to become one you must kill a close friend or a family member.

                                               

Voodoo

The word voodoo, which has many different names and spellings is the name of a West African animist, spiritual folkway. Some class it as a religion. However, voodoo is more a way of life. It is a supernatural ancestral connection, passed from gen ...

                                               

Wicca

Wicca is a neo-pagan religion that was created by a British man named Gerald Gardner in the mid-to-late 1940s. Gardner popularized the new religion through books of his that were printed in 1949, 1954, and 1959. Those three books are High Magics ...

                                               

Witch hunt

A witch hunt is when everybody in a town looks for witches to capture. This used to be more common than it is today. It was carried out by many different groups, including Christians. The time when the witch hunts were most common in Europe was f ...

                                               

Witches Sabbath

The term Witches Sabbath was used to describe the belief that there were people, called witches, who regularly met for secret gatherings. The name is used for the gathering. One part of the name refers to the Sabbath, the day of rest in Judaism a ...

                                               

King Arthur

King Arthur was a mythical king in the mythology of Great Britain. He lived in the medieval times, in his famous castle, Camelot. He possessed a sword known as Excalibur, given to him by the Lady of the Lake. King Arthur is a fabled ruler of Sub- ...

                                               

Bedivere

Bedivere is a legendary character in the King Arthur stories. He is a Knight of the Round Table. He is a fearless fighter and one of Arthurs most trusted knights. In the early legends he is the cupbearer. Later legends have him as the one who ret ...

                                               

Sir Bors the Younger

Sir Bors the Younger is a legendary character in the King Arthur stories. He is one of the Knights of the Round Table. His father, Bors the Elder, was the King of Gaunnes. Bors the Younger and his brother, Lionel, rebelled against Claudas court. ...

                                               

Camelot

In the legends of King Arthur, Camelot is Arthurs castle. In fiction about the Middle Ages, Arthur rules scotland from Camelot and holds feasts at his round table. The round table, which has no legs or head, symbolized the idea of a good king bec ...

                                               

Caradoc

Caradoc was a knight of the Round Table. He was raised as the son of Caradoc the Elder, the king of Nates. His mother had an affair with a sorcerer named Eliavres who was his real father. During a beheading game, he chopped off his opponents head ...

                                               

Sir Dinadan

Sir Dinadan is a legendary character in the King Arthur stories. He is one of the Knights of the Round Table. His father is King Camdore. His brothers are Percival, Bor, and Aglovale. His cousin is Sir Pinel le Savage. Dinadan was once stuffed in ...

                                               

Elaine of Corbenic

Elaine of Corbenic is a legendary character in the King Arthur stories. She and Lancelot are the parents of Galahad. She is the daughter of King Pelles. Pelles sent Elaine to have a son with Lancelot, who would then be named Galahad. Galahad late ...

                                               

Excalibur

Excalibur is a legendary sword, in the mythology of Great Britain. It was owned by King Arthur. The sword and its name have become very widespread in popular culture, and are used in fiction and films. Excalibur is a symbol of divine kingship and ...

                                               

Galahad

Sir Galahad is a character from Arthurian legend- a knight of the Round Table and the son of Sir Lancelot. Legend says that Galahad searched for and later found the Holy Grail earning him the name The Grail Knight, as he was the only one on earth ...

                                               

Knights of the Round Table

The Knights of the Round Table were characters in the legends about King Arthur. They were the best knights in King Arthurs kingdom, and lived in King Arthurs castle, Camelot. They were called the Knights of the Round Table because of a special t ...

                                               

Lancelot

Sir Lancelot is a legendary character in the legend of King Arthur, and was a Knight of the Round Table. Sir Lancelot of the Lake was one of the most trusted knights of King Arthurs Round Table, but this soon changed when he fell in love with the ...

                                               

Mordred

Mordred is a character from Arthurian legend. In some of the legends, he betrayed Arthur and killed him. He is said to be Arthurs son by his half-sister Morgan le Fay. Mordred was born at Caerlon. Mordred was also said to have been killed by Arth ...

                                               

Percival

Sir Percival was one of King Arthurs knights and a member of the Round Table. He proved himself to be one of Arthurs most loyal knights. Percival is most commonly known for retrieving Excalibur from a clan of mischievous faery creatures, whose on ...

                                               

Round Table

The Round Table was a table used by King Arthur and his knights, in the legends about him. The Round Table was in Camelot, the castle where King Arthur and his knights lived. In the legends, they met at the table to talk about the safety of Camel ...

                                               

Yvain

Sir Yvain is a Knight of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend. He is purported to be the son of King Urien. The character is thought to be based on Owain mab Urien, who was the king of Rheged in Great Britain during the late 6th century. "Yvai ...

                                               

Australian Aboriginal mythology

Australian Aboriginal myths, also known as Dreamtime stories and Songlines, are the stories traditionally performed and told by the indigenous people of Australia. Each of the language groups across Australia has its own stories. All the myths ex ...

                                               

Australian Aboriginal astronomy

Australian Aborigines were some of the first people in the world to develop ideas with astronomy. It is possible that their interpretation of astronomy is the oldest still alive today. Studying astronomical subjects – such as the Sun, Moon, stars ...

                                               

Dreamtime

In Australian Aboriginal culture, life is based on a foundation of beliefs which are called the Dreamtime, or The Dreaming. This is a complex set of ideas with deep levels of meanings. The Dreamtime has four parts: The beginning of everything; th ...

                                               

Featherfoot

A featherfoot is a sorcerer in Australian Aboriginal spirituality. A featherfoot is usually a bad spirit who kills people. In most traditional Aboriginal beliefs, there is no such thing as a natural death. Every death is caused by evil spirits or ...

                                               

Rainbow Serpent

A Rainbow Serpent is an animal in the Dreamtime which many of the indigenous people of Australia, the "Aborigines", believe created the mountains, rivers and lakes. The Rainbow Serpent stories are found all across Australia, and especially in Arn ...

                                               

Creation myth

A creation myth or creation story explains how the universe started, how the earth came to be, and why there are humans. Creation myths are usually part of religions and mythologies. Very often, creation myths say that humans were made by a god, ...

                                               

Creationism

Creationism is the religious belief that the universe was created in the way described in religious books. According to Genesis, God directly created life from the nothingness that was before, by fixing the chaos that was. Other religions have di ...

                                               

Chaos (mythology)

Chaos was the nothingness at the beginning of the world, described in the creation myths of Classical mythology. It was the state the universe was in before it was created. Because early Christians did not understand how to use the word "chaos" p ...

                                               

Cosmogony

There are certain myths that also propose how the universe was created: for example creation myths in the Bible, the Dào De Jīng, and other genesis stories. These usually involve birth via sex between male and female gods or birth via the cosmic ...

                                               

Book of Genesis

Genesis is the first book of the Hebrew Bible. It means creation. It begins with the creation of the Universe. It ends with the death of Joseph. The Hebrew name for the book is transliterated Breshiyth, which means in beginning.

                                               

Genesis creation narrative

The Genesis creation narrative, found in the first two chapters of the Book of Genesis in the Bible, describes a supernatural beginning of the earth and life, ending with the creation of humans in the image of God. This creation narrative is part ...

                                               

Hermeticism

Hermeticism is the study and practice of occult philosophy and magic. The name comes from the fact that the first books about Hermeticism are said to have been written by the god Hermes Trismegistus, who combines aspects of the Greek god Hermes a ...

                                               

History of the creation–evolution controversy

The creation–evolution controversy has a long history. Scientists had some ideas how evolution works. Because some of these theories contradict the literal intepretation of the creation myth in the Book of Genesis, religious people and organizati ...

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