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Superstitions About Good Luck for Gamblers

Superstitions About Good Luck for Gamblers

Are you superstitious at all? If you don’t think so, you’re not alone, as most of us deny the label. But maybe you’ve found yourself knocking on wood once or twice, or crossing your fingers and hoping for the best? For every person who doesn’t take these kinds of beliefs seriously, there is someone who does, and the practices linked to getting lucky spring from many cultures. A Range of Ways to Bring Good Luck Gamblers are widely held to…

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Tooth Fairy Myths From Around the World

Tooth Fairy Myths From Around the World

The loss of baby teeth is a rite of passage that every child around the world will go through, but once the tooth has been shed, what do you do with it then? Well, that depends on which country you reside in. Whether left in a slipper or under the pillow for collection by the tooth fairy or tooth mouse, tossed into the sky or buried, each country has their own myth surrounding this process. Tooth Fairy and Tooth Mouse…

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Myths and Legends of America’s Indigenous People

Myths and Legends of America’s Indigenous People

Even though many believe that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, it was in fact a group of Vikings led by Leif Eriksson who first set foot on North American soil in approximately 1000 AD. However, long before any outsiders arrived, there were indigenous tribes of people who freely roamed the Americas and were governed by their own ideas of the world around them. These myths and legends weren’t formally recorded, but were instead handed down from one generation to…

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Little Known African Myths and Legends

Little Known African Myths and Legends

The oral tradition of passing stories from one generation to another is synonymous with African culture and this is evident in the many myths and legends which are become a part of the colourful tapestry of oral history across the continent. Whether funny or scary, these African myths and legends are often tales of death, magic, the origins of animals, otherworldly entities, or the creation of the universe. Adu Ogyinae and the First People on Earth According to Akkan mythology,…

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5 Christmas Ghouls from European Legend

5 Christmas Ghouls from European Legend

Today, when most think of Christmas, their first thoughts are of Santa Claus, sleigh-pulling reindeer, presents, and festivities. However, long before Santa Claus made his first appearance, midwinter across most of Europe signalled a time when mythical demons, monsters, and ghouls would roam the snow-covered landscape.

The Myths and Legends of the Northern Lights

The Myths and Legends of the Northern Lights

Prior to man being able to explain the existence of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights through science, mythical tales and legends were created in an attempt to understand their appearance in the sky. While most intensely visible in the Auroral Oval above the Arctic Circle, the Northern Lights do appear further south especially during a torrent of solar activity. There have of course been many sighting of the Northern Lights throughout history across Europe which gave way to a…

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