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Here are the top ten articles for the Folklore and Mythology Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Folk Dances in the United States
A brief overview of the types of folk dances that exist in the United States.
2. The Jersey Devil
The Jersey Devil is the only demon to ever be designated a state demon in the United States. This is the story of its origins.
3. Folklore - Ballads
Ballads are stories set to song, and they have been a part of Folklore since the Middle Ages. While ballads originated with wandering minstrels, the introduction of the printing press caused them to slowly dwindle. Some folk ballads remain today -especially in the mountains.
Chimeras are genetic hybrids. Originally, Chimera was a Greek monster, and it was an incredibly bad omen to spot her. In addition, chimeras can be supernatural constructs. They can also be human, in the form of absorbed twins.
5. The Curse of the Seven Children
The Curse of the Seven Children is an Italian folk-tale where a seventh daughter manages to reverse a curse laid on her siblings by her father.
6. Prometheus and Coyote: The Theft of Fire
Prometheus and Coyote both defied the gods in order to steal fire for humanity. They went about the theft in different ways, so they paid different prices for their crimes.
7. The Mystery of the Queen of Sheba
Who was the legendary Queen of Sheba and why is she such a mystery?
8. Ancient (and some current) Holidays in November
Not just Halloween, but many, many festivals have roots in mythology. There´s practically a holiday for every day in the month when you look at ancient ritual calendars; check it out. (This piece focuses heavily on Celtic traditions, but includes many others as well).
9. Some Hoodoo Spells
10. Recipes for A Medieval Christmas Dinner
A way to make Christmas extra-special without spending a lot of extra money. A look at some Medieval Christmas traditions like the Bean King and the Barnacle Goose too. A flair for the fantastic makes the dinner magical, like chicken glazed with egg white and decorated in kaliedescopic colors.
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