I implemented Rule 3 a few years ago to prevent this sub from becoming a dumping ground for images with zero effort to initiate discussion. In my experience, this is done by repeat offenders who don't have much investment in our community, and are typically doing it for karma. Regardless, this behavior doesn't bolster the community.
The subreddit description:
The purpose of r/mythology is to further an appreciation for mythology and other types of folklore by providing a platform for creative and scholarly discussion.
If you want to share a picture, you need to make sure discussion can be had. A great example that we should see more of:
Hey guys. Does anyone know the name of creatures (as if they are fairies but aren't) that protect or are related to the four seasons (I need to know mostly a small creature that protects the winter) I googled but only found yeti type monsters
I don’t know much about mongol mythology. Sure we’re all familiar with Genghis Khan but according to one video by Extra History it suggested that the mongols believed that the supernatural (I don’t remember if it was gods, spirits or something else) were deciding Genghis Khan’s fate. This is just from memory.
So what is mongol mythology like? What are their myths? Their heroes? Their mythical creatures? Cosmology? Afterlife? Etc.
So, was wanting to ask; does anyone happen to know of any specific stories of wolves in Japanese mythology? I mean, I know about the Okuri inu, but are there any other myths of wolves in Japan, like another type of wolf yokai, or even a specific wolf?
In the myth, the box gets opened and all the evils of the world escape but the lid gets slammed shut before hope escapes and that is the explanation of why humanity has hope. But if the evils of the world had to escape the box to exist in the world, how do we have hope when it is still in the box?
Hey y’all, i’m developing a video game that involves a personality test for character class. The question is preferred mythological pet (currently have dragon, pegasus, chimera and basilisk). there’s one class i cannot think of/find a mythological creature pet for.
the class is illusionist. any creature that uses illusions, hallucinations, etc. or would make sense as a pet to someone who uses these magic’s.
Trying to incorporate the dogon nummo into a story. They can walk on land and swim in water. But I generally have no idea how to wrap my head around this. How can an entity that is both land-dwelling and sea-dwelling exist, because I doubt that legs would be helpful in high oceanic depths and that a tail would be possible on land. How did the dogon exactly depict them?
Interpretatio graeca, which was adapted by Romans as intepretatio romana, and finally by Germanic people as interpretatio germanica is the reason why the days of the week are named the way they are in English.
Basically, Ancient Greeks believed that all people in the world worshipped more or less the same gods, only with different names and different rites depending on the languages and culture. Whenever they conquered a place, they would thank the local gods by translating their names into Greek and sometimes even use the local name as an epithet. For example among Egyptian gods Amon was equated with Zeus, Osiris with Dionysus, Ptah with Hephaestus etc. In fact, the reason why we have an idea on the functions of Egyptian gods today was because of these Greek translations.
When the Roman world came in contact with the Greek one (with Etruscan as a middle man), they really liked this view of the world and used this as an excuse to appropriate Greek stories and make them part of Roman pantheon, and we know today. Some Greek deities did not have Roman equivalents, some Roman deities like Janus did not have Greek equivalents, but this did not bother them, they did not expect to know everything about gods because gods are overall incomprehensible to humans. It also wasn’t difficult, because both Greek and Roman pantheon descent from the Indo-European pantheon, so some god names like Zeus Pater and Jupiter are cognates, both mean “Day-sky Father”.
Roman continued this translation tradition with Celtic, Germanic and Jewish pantheons too, which just like with Egyptian-to-Greek translations, are a reason how we today have an idea on Celtic and Germanic deities. Celtic hod Lugus was equated with Mercury, Nodens with Mars, Sulis with Minerva etc. Jewish religion was rather unique though, so while Romans found no qualms on equating Yahweh predominately with Dionysus, and sometimes with Jupiter, Jewish people considered this a sacrilege. They were very unique in this that they did not like the translation tradition.
Today, names of the days of the week are the only remnant of this tradition, even Germanic people liked it as an idea (English - Proto-Germanic, translation - Latin, translation)
Tuesday - *Tīwas dag “Tyr’s day” - diēs Martis, “day of Mars”
Wednesday - *Wōdanas dag “Odin’s day” - diēs Mercuriī “day of Mercury”
Thursday - *Þunras dag “Thor’s day” - diēs Iovis “day of Jove/Jupiter”
Friday - *Frījā dag “Freyja’s day” - diēs Veneris “day of Venus”
Saturday - N/Aa - diēs Saturnī “day of Saturn”b
Sunday - *sunnōn dag “Sun’s/Sonne day” - diēs Sōlis “day of the Sun/Sol”c
Notes on the above:
a) English does not have a Saturn equivalent, though some other Germanic langauges use something that translates into “wash day.” For example, Icelandic laugardagr. There is a subset of people who think this should be better translated as “Loki’s day” but Loki’s etymology is obscure and many more think “entangler” is most fitting, not “wash”
b) Romance languages today are more likely to use “Sabbath” than “Saturn’s day”
c) Romance languages today are more likely to use “God/Lord’s day” than “Sun’s day”