To the Ancient Greeks, no place was nearly as sacred as Mount Olympus. Believed to be the home of the Gods, there are few other mountains that had quite the same impact on western belief systems, and the Greeks viewed the mountains as an exceptionally vital part of their own religion.
The Aborigines of Australia are some of the most ancient peoples in the world, and consist of a variety of old and complex beliefs that are still prevalent to this day despite the fact that much of it has been lost to history. They boast a storied and unique creation myth, as well as a number of other beliefs that make them stand out from all other cultures in the world.
The Loch Ness Monster, commonly known as Nessie, is one of the most famous mythical creatures in Scottish folklore. For more than 200 years, people have been reporting sightings of a large aquatic creature said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. There have even been a few blurry photographs, but is Nessie just a myth or is there any real evidence proving her existence?
Scary leviathans and legendary monstrosities have always captured our imagination whilst terrifying us at the same time, but while most of us have heard of bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, there are some equally horrifying beasts down in Africa that are lying in wait out there in the dark.
Education all over the world focuses on mostly the male gods of times gone by. Sure, mention might be made of some pretty impressive female deities like Aphrodite, Juno, and Kali, but they rarely play a very important part of whatever’s going on.
For as long as humans have been telling stories, there have been endless tales of fantastical creatures that could only be found in the most remote corners of the earth. These are creatures that were once believed by the ancients to be nothing more than myth, but eventually turned out to be real animals.
Myths are a great way to uncover the psychology of humanity. Take a closer look at a myth, do a bit of research, put it all together, and you can generally decipher what the root of that myth is. But, do the same with the most horrific mythical creatures in history, and the realities you find are just as troubling as the creature itself.
The world we live in is steeped in superstition, and many of us believe in them to a greater extent than we’d openly admit. Although the details may vary from culture to culture, they usually cover attracting good luck and avoiding bad luck, and who knows? There may be some kind of power in them after all!
The myths and legends of the Māori people of New Zealand offer an interesting perspective on the island’s origins and the creation of Earth as a whole. There are plenty of stories about native gods (known locally as ngā atua), mythical Kiwi creatures, nature, war and astronomy in Maori culture to explore. Here are 10 popular myths that will get you better acquainted with this interesting native culture.
Evolving from isolated groups to communities, societies, and later civilisations, these oldest civilisations may no longer exist in their original form, but they were no less important to the progress of mankind. Join us as we explore the world’s oldest civilisations.