Questions tagged [mythology]

Mythology should be used for questions involving stories or the origin of stories which will be important to some culture.

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How different are seasons perceived in a Mediterranean climate when compared to a North European climate? [closed]

My conculture is set in an area similar to the Mediterranean Sea, only it's almost double the west-east width of it, on a longitute around the same as Rome and Athens and a similar climate (let's take ...
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How would you explain an eclipse in a world where all our myths are true? [closed]

In a world parallel to ours, equal in both technology and philosophy, how would you explain an eclipse but still have science behind in all parts of the world? How would I be able to tie in all these ...
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Anatomically Correct Nachtkrapp

The Nachtkrapp is a german version of the bogeyman or in a more general term a kind of bugbear. Nacht is the german word for night and Krapp is used in southern germany and austria as a word for raven....
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The 12 Zodiac Elements (magic-casting chart idea) [closed]

12 Zodiac Elements (Fire, Earth, Water, Air, Cardinal, Fixed, & Mutable) Recently I've had the idea to make my elemental magic chart for one of my fantasy stories based off the Zodiac's ...
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Is this a realistic creation story for a matriarchal society?

Im going for a culture which endorses and emphasizes gender roles in society. Men and women are equal, but in the complementary rather than egalitarian sense. Magic is only accessible by women. Like ...
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How can asymmetrically powerful states be balanced? (AKA why don't legendary heroes rule the world)

We've all heard the stories. The unbelievably chaste Sir Prancealot having the strength of ten men. The undefeatable members of the Kung Few, equal to any five hundred lesser mortals. The frankly ...
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How would the existence of the Yokai phenomenon change society? [closed]

By "yokai phenomenon" I mean the way anything, anyone or even concepts/ideas can become magical, animate, sentient and possibly predatory, as commonly depicted in Japanese mythology and modern fiction....
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We're up to our ears in after-lives. What about a before-life? [closed]

If we assume the human soul doesn't end with the body, it might be fun to entertain the idea that it doesn't begin with the body either. Suppose it exists in some dimension or realm before it is born. ...
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Naming the forces of the Purgatory?

I'm trying to build a world loosely based on ideas about afterlife in Christianity. In my world God is nowhere to be found and supernatural forces are split into three factions: Hell, Heaven & ...
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How to explain polytheistic gods in a world with a monotheistic origin [closed]

My world was created by a single God who (at the moment) has no physical form. But there are also humanoids gods with physical bodies. They have similar powers to the creator God but they are a lot ...
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Culturally Correct Myth Design

Every culture has its myths and myths always fit in with the culture they belong to. From the Native Americans and their stories of respecting nature to the blood and brutal of the Aztecs. If I had ...
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Demons come from another planet instead of “Hell”. How would this affect human's beliefs, mythology?

I want demons to appear in my story, but having them originate from Hell was never appealing. Anyways, these "demons" are summoned to Earth- a planet that's only just discovering magic. They are- in ...
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Anatomically Correct Sleipnir

Sleipnir is Odin's steed - an eight-legged horse in Norse mythology. How and where to place its legs to make it faster than four-legged horses? What other benefits or drawbacks may arise from the ...
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Trying to make a dreamscape/dreamworld with real-world inspirations…? [closed]

I am trying to craft a story around the idea that, when we dream, we actually access another indeterminable plane of existence, a kind of repository into which the dreams and thoughts of all living ...
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Creation Myth Development Help [closed]

C.W Lewis's Narnia and J.R.R Tolkien's Middle-Earth series all had creation myths for their characters to believe. I want to have a go for one of my projects but I'm stuck. I would like suggestions, ...
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How can I explain a sudden rediscovery of magical capability on humans? [closed]

First I apologize if this question or similar already exists. In my world, humans are naturally very powerful creatures (think of it as in "magic" since it's not really important in the question ...
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How can I re-fit the Atlantis story to a location in the Caribbean?

Atlantis is mentioned in Plato's Timaeus and Critias dialogues. I would like to know how I can set the story to a location in or around the Caribbean, during a time frame that would "fit" the story ...
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How do I make Tantalus' punishment real?

Tantalus is a character from Greek mythology who did some bad things (trying to feed his son to the gods), and in turn was punished in Tartarus: Tantalus (Ancient Greek: Τάνταλος, Tántalos) was a ...