12 African Gods and Goddesses: The Orisha Pantheon

African gods

Lions, elephants, vast stretches of the jungle with venomous snakes, or an endless sea of sand stalked by nefarious scorpions. These could be some of the many things that come into your mind when you think of the word ‘Africa.’ However, this somewhat stereotypical vision doesn’t spring out of the blue. The lush continent of …

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Theseus: A Legendary Greek Hero

Theseus

The story of Theseus casts a long shadow over Greek mythology. He stands as both a mystical hero that rivaled the legendary Heracles (a.k.a. Hercules) and slew the minotaur, and as the king who was said to have united the villages of the Attic Peninsula into the city-state of Athens.  Sometimes called the “Last Mythical …

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Pele: Hawaiian Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes

Pele: Hawaiian Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes 1

When you think about the Hawaiian Islands, you will undoubtedly picture beautiful sandy beaches, expanses of blue waters and sunshine and warmth. But Hawaii Island is also home to a large number of shield volcanoes, including two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, with some others being Mauna Kea and Kohala. …

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Aztec Mythology: Important Stories and Characters

Aztec mythology

One of the world’s most famous ancient civilizations, the Aztecs ruled expanses of land in modern-day Central Mexico. Their mythology is drenched in the cycle of destruction and rebirth, ideas borrowed from their Mesoamerican predecessors and delicately woven into the fabrics of their own legends. Whilst the mighty Aztec empire may have fallen in 1521, …

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Uranus: Sky God and Grandfather to the Gods

Uranus god

Uranus is best known as the third largest planet in our solar system. Tucked between Saturn and Neptune, and a distant seven planets away from the sun, Uranus the Ice Giant seems remote and irrelevant.  But like the other planets, Uranus was first a Greek god. And he was not just any god. He was …

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