Charon: Ferryman of the Underworld

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When we look back on those figures in ancient mythology most associated with death, few stand out more than Charon across time and place. Unlike Pluto, or Hades, he is not the god of death and the underworld, but is instead a servant of these gods, as he ferries the souls of the dead across …

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Neptune: Roman God of the Sea

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Like many Roman gods and goddesses, Neptune shares many visual, religious, and symbolic associations with his Greek counterpart, Poseidon, who tends to hold a more pre-eminent position in the modern imagination. This is partly due to the fact that Neptune does not feature in much Roman literature, except in his notable role in the Virgilian …

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Nymphs: Magical Creatures of Ancient Greece


In some ways like the Kami of Japanese Mythology, the Nymphs of Ancient Greek and Roman folklore permeated almost everything, particularly in the topographical and natural features of the inhabitable world. Furthermore, in Ancient Greek myth and Classical Epic, they are ever-present, seducing young men or accompanying gods and goddesses on their divine duties. Whilst …

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Key Characteristics of Japanese Mythology

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Japanese Mythology, in its broadest sense, is a pastiche of different traditions and myths, derived mainly from Shintoism and Japanese Buddhism. Both provide Japanese Mythology with a pantheon of elaborate and varied deities, guardians, and “kami” – holy spirits and forces associated with the natural world and its features. Additionally, more localized Japanese folklore constitutes …

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Pagan Gods from Across the Ancient World

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When we talk of “Pagan” gods or religions, we are inherently labeling things from a Christian perspective, as the word “Pagan” derives from the Latin “Paganus”, which was reappropriated by Christianity, first in the fourth century AD, to alienate those who did not adhere to the Christian religion.  Originally it had signified that somebody was …

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