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 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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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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Could a traditional phoenix be resurrected after being dead for centuries? [closed]

In my novel I want my character to discover a phoenix. However, in my low-fantasy setting, magic and everything magical is believed to be long dead or nonexistent. To retain the idea that magic is a ...
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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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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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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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Anatomically Correct Jackalope

The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore described as a jackrabbit with an antelopes horns. It's a popular mythological creature in hill folk culture and it made me ask a question,...
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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 ...
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Politically Correct Valkyries: Why do they choose who they choose?

The Valkyrie are female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. They take the slain to Odin. In some lore, they provide alcoholic beverages to the slain (so there's ...
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Anatomically Correct Medusa

Medusa is a legendary myth about a woman with snakes for hair that turns anything she looks at into stone. How can I achieve both of those features in an animal realistically? And how would these ...
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Anatomically Correct Cyclops

As a series of anatomically correct myths, here we have the Cyclops. One of the most similar creatures to man but with 'one' noticeable difference, one eye. It seems that land animals love their two ...
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What should centaur dwellings look like?

Centaurs are horse-human hybrids. Because they have human elements, we can assume that they have intelligence, culture, and a desire for a comfortable life. A stable that would be good enough for a ...
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Practicality of Hybrid Hecaton Humanoids

In the vein of this question here, I was wondering about the practicality of the mythical Grecian concept of the Hecatonchires. Forget, for a moment, that these monsters are supposed to be invincible. ...
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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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The sentry beyond heaven and hell

Set in 29th century a team of scientists hunting for the different types of higgs boson, an elementary particle responsible for giving some particles their mass, millions of billions of micro black-...
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Do centaurs suckle from horse nipples or human nipples?

This has been puzzling me, because if the human half needs human nutrients, then suckling from the human nipples makes sense. But the horse half needs different nutrients, so which set of nipples ...
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How do Cyclops hunt?

Having a second eye allows a creature to perceive depth and to focus easily on its prey, so are there any sound theories for how would Cyclops in Greek mythology go hunting using only a single eye? Or ...