Special Topics in Folklore and Mythology
is a journal devoted to mythological interpretation in the
Velikovsky tradition of recent planetary catastrophes.
- Alex Michael Bonnici's Astronomy Page.
offers annotated links to sites about archaeoastronomy.
- Andromeda, Lady of Fall
by Brian Mason discusses the myths associated with the
constellation of Andromeda.
- Base for Calendar Exploration
by Bill Hollon discusses the history of calendars and telling
time across many different cultures. Includes many myths
about astronomical objects.
- Bob Kobres's home page
offers mythological interpretation from the catastrophist
viewpoint of Clube and Napier.
- Celestial David and Goliath
presents an idea by F. Graham Miller postulating an
astronomical origin for this legend among prehistoric
Sanskrit-speaking peoples. Miller suggests Bootes was David
while Orion was Goliath.
- Cheryl Robertson's Whole Moon Page
offers a collection of folklore about the moon.
- Comets: Fear and Loathing
offers a brief look at legends associated with comets.
by Frank presents the history and mythology surrounding those
shapes in the night sky.
by Richard Dibon-Smith offers information on the 88
constellations, including the Greek myths associated with many
- Hamlet's Mill
offers Craig Rairdin's review of this seminal work on
astronomical bases for mythology written by Giorgio de
Santillana and Hertha von Dechend.
- Homer's Astronomy
offers an short essay on the astronomical background in
Homer's Illiad and
- Ian's Lunar Page
includes mythology about the moon.
- Japanese Starlore
presents legends of the sun, moon, stars, planets, meteors,
and comets, as well as information about Japanese amateur
- Jerry Elizares
suggests several symbols (the Holy Grail, the Omphalos, the
Ark of the Covenant, the Tree of Life, and others.) have
celestial origins in the constellations of Pegasus and
- Legends of Forever
by Madhury Ray offers a compilation of legends of the sun and
information on their respective cultures.
- Luna's Moon Page
offers moon lore, moon mythology and symbolism, and Sailor
- Meteorite Legends
from around the world appear on this page at The Meteorite
Market web site.
- Meteors and the Native Americans
by Gary W. Kronk discusses meteor lore among various Native
American peoples. Includes a bibliography.
- Mill of Time: Celestial Cycles and Ancient Mythological Science
by Terry Alden discusses myths of precession as presented by
Giorgio de Santilliana and Hertha von Dechend in their book
offers moon facts, folklore, cycles, weather lore, and
from the University of Michigan offers a compendium of myths
related to the Sun, Moon, Earth, Planets, and Stars.
Orion Mystery sites
- Solos Home Page
by Adrian Gilbert offers a defence of the book which he
co-authored with Robert Bauval.
by Maurice Diepeveen offers his musings on cultural and
spiritual etiology, based upon the ideas of Zecharia
- Pleiades Mythology
by Steven Gibson provides an overview of the extensive
mythology associated with the Pleiades or "seven sisters" star
- Solar Folklore
offers tales about the Sun, primarily from Native American
- Star Myths
offers scholarly information and images relating to the 48
classical constellations of Greece and Rome. This site is
associated with the recently published book Star Myths
of the Greeks and Romans: A Sourcebook, translation
and commentary by Dr. Theony Condos.
- Stars and Constellations
includes myths about the constellations.
- Stellar Lore
offers myths and legends about the moon and constellations as
well as poetry about the moon and the sky.
- Wise Women of the DreamTime
offers a review by PRF Brown of the book of this title edired
by Johanna Lambert, which contains stories originally
collected by K. Langloh Parker. Includes a few short extracts
from the book.
- Bear Stories
by Glenn Welker offers bear tales from several Native
by Gary Coulbourne and Phil Pollard presents names used as
terms of respect for bears, a description of the Ainu bear
ritual, and Scandinavian mythology about bears. Bear cults
have played an important part in the development of human
societies throughout the world.
- Bird Tales
by Dick E. Bird News offers a brief overview of the history
of birds and winged creatures in mythology.
- C.A.T.S. and World Mythology
by Michael Pio Deguara offers mythology and folklore about
cats from all over the world.
- Cat folklore
by Corbin Dunn discusses the lore of the black cat, and the
relationship between the cat and mouse in legends about the
beginning of the world.
- Cat Folklore
offers folklore and superstitions about cats.
- Cat Folklore and Mystery
by Vanessa offers cat weather lore, cat spells and charms,
cat dream interpretations, and more.
- Cat Legends, Folklore, Fables
by Diane offers "Why Don't Cats Wash Up Before They Eat?",
"How Pussy Willows Got Their Name," "Cats and Witches," and
other cat-related stories and legends.
by Corbin Dunn includes folklore about cats.
- Cybercat's Space
offers a look at myths involving cats and gods: Bast, Ra,
Diana, Freya, Tsun-Kyanske, and others.
- Grenouille Cattery
offers the Legend of the Welcoming Cat from Japan.
Christmas and Winter Solstice
- Cinderella Project: Home Page
from the English department of the University of South
Mississippi offers a text and image archive containing a dozen
English-language versions of the Cinderella fairy tale.
- Cinderella Stories
is a list of references to variants on the Cinderella story
compiled by Kathy Martin and David K. Brown.
- In Search of Cinderella (world-wide)
offers a bibliography of story books (with thumnbnail images
of the book covers) each of whose premise is a variant on the
- Faerie Encyclopedia
by Rebecca Lehmann offers an alphabetical list of the
denizens of the Fey Folk. Attempts to cover the many types of
faeries defined in folklore. Includes information on fairy
locales, flora and trees, poetry, superstitions, and
- Faeries, Elves, and whatnot
by Dryta discusses faeries, elves, dragons, unicorns, gnomes,
goblins, and other legendary creatures.
by Tara offers links to fairy sites. Includes a collection
of fairy pictures.
- Forest of Ealdwood
discusses fairies, primarily from Celtic lore. There are
also sections on King Arthur and Beowulf.
- Language of Flowers
discusses the meanings behind different floral arrangements,
- Ghost stories
is an FTP site offering many downloadable ghost stories in
- Ghost Stories and Folklore
by Samuel K. Spitzner is part of the WWW Virtual Library and
offers a variety of stories and personal anecdotes about
- Invisible Ink
by Chris Woodyard offers reviews and excerpts from over 500
books on ghosts from around the world.
Goddess, women in mythology
- Clio: Women in Mythology, Religion and Herstory
by Rebecca Salek offers stories and essays about creation,
the descent of the gods, goddesses, muses, amazons, and women
- Dark Goddesses
by Robin M. Weare discusses Artemis, Hecate, Kali, the death
goddesses, monsters like the gorgon, warrior goddesses and
women. Includes a bibliography for further reading.
- Goddess Study Outline
offered by Martha L. Embry.
- Goddesses of the World
by Kat offers information on goddesses from Norway, Egypt,
Greece, Rome, and other cultures.
- Kat's Realm
by Travis Masterson offers information on Amazons in Greek
Mythology, Faeries, Goddesses of the World, and Mermaids and
other mythical sea beings.
- On and on: G is for Goddess
by J. Henderson offers annotated links to goddess sites.
- Selene's Shrine to the Goddess
by Selene Morgana offers information on Selene, Lilith, Isis,
Kali, and Hecate from a modern pagan point of view.
- TripleE Goddess Guide
by Rufus C. Camphausen offers an encyclopedia of goddesses
with images, bibliography, and more.
- Witches' Web
offers information on Goddess symbols, myths, and
Grimm's Fairy Tales
- Folklore About Hyenas
offers European and African folklore about the hyena.
Mentions that the spotted hyena is to Africa what the black
cat is in the U.S. -- the premier witch animal, uncanny and
discusses the nature of the aurora and points to the page
below on auroral folklore.
- Auroral Folklore
offers lore about the aurora from the Inuit and medieval
Europe. There is also a form which allows you to send the
authors your favorite auroral tale.
- Flood Stories From Around The World
by Mark Isaak offers an excellent collection of flood stories
along with a bibliography.
- Noah's Ark and the Ziusudra legend
is a book by Robert M Best which suggests that the Near
Eastern flood myths are exagerated retellings of an actual
river flood event that took place in Shuruppak in Sumeria
about 2900 BC. The web pages offer extensive summaries of the
material from the book.
- Northern Lights and Folklore
includes two historical representations of auroral phenomena
as well as a modern photograph.
- Rainbow Mythology
by Fred Stern discusses rainbow myths from around the
- Selected Bibliography of Weather Related Mythology
- Tornado myths and misconceptions
counters some widely held folk beliefs about tornados,
including the mistaken belief that the safest place is the
southwest corner of a basement.
- Weather Flashes
offers weather lore and proverbs.
- Weather proverbs
by Shirley A. Arora, which comes from the journal De
Proverbio, discusses Spanish weather proverbs.
- Weather Proverbs and Folklore
by Riley Koch looks American weather-related provresb and
folkore and discusses whether they have any validity.
- Weather Signs
offers traditional Appalachian weather forecasting methods
which rely on observation of plants, insects, animals, and
other natural signs.
from the National Weather Service offers folklore about
- Winter Festivals
by Carol McCullough offers a look at the history of winter
- Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras
by David Ulansey offers an astronomical interpretation of the
Mithraic cult by a leading contemporary Mithraic scholar.
offers an essay by Alison B. Griffith, written for The Ecole
Initiative, on the history and meaning of Mithraism. Covers
both the traditional Cumontian and alternative astronomical
interpretations of K. B. Stark and Roger Beck.
Mushrooms and other Psychoactive Substances
Sacred Geometry and Pythagoreanism
- Mathematics of the Ancient Mysteries
by Charlie Higgins discusses mathematics in astrology,
alchemy, I Ching, Kaballah.
- Sacred Geometry Home Page
by Bruce Rawles discussses the "principle of oneness
underlying all geometry that permeates the architecture of all
form in its myriad diversity."
- Sacred Landscape
by Catherine Yronwode offers information on sacred
architecture, sacred geometry, sacred landscape,
archaeoastronomy, and vernacular sacred sites.
- School of Pythagoras
by Mark Alexander offers a wealth of links to sites about
sacred geometry and Pythogoras. Includes a bibliography which
includes tables of contents and excerpts from important works
about these subjects.
Science Fiction and Mythology
Snakes, Serpents, and Dragons
- Here Be Dragons
by Shelly Farnham offers a fine selection of dragon images, a
bibliography about dragons, and links to web sites about
- Naga: The Serpent
by Soror Ourania discusses the symbolism of the serpent
throughout the ancient world.
offers information about the history and meaning of the
"serpent swallowing its own tale" motif.
- Serpent's Prayer: The Psychology of an Image
by Greg Mogenson offers a Jungian look at the serpent as an
- Snake Mythology
by Scott Jackson discusses the role of snakes in mythology
and folklore throughout the world.
- Aaron Shepard's Storytelling Page
offers his "Gifts of Story" series, an online guide for
beginning storytellers, articles of interest to storytellers,
a bibliography of recommended folklore titles, annotated link
to online resources for storytellers, and more.
- Odds Bodkin, Master Talesman
offers news, articles, performance schedules, posters, an
online audio store, and more for this storyteller. You may
also find his ongoing long "tale in the ancient manner"
entitled The Rowan Canticles of
- Storytelling FAQ
by Tim Sheppard covers frequently asked questions about the
art of storytelling as discussed in the USENET new group alt.arts.storytelling
- Tales From Afar
lists storytelling events around the world.
- Tall Tales on the Web
by Jason Webb describes Tall Tales at the Trip, a
storytelling event held at Nottingham in England's oldest pub,
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. Includes links to storytelling
- Sacred Woods and the Lore of Trees
by Jennifer Smith discusses the apple tree, ash, birch, elm,
hawthorn, hazel, holly, larch, maple, oak, and yew.
- Tree and Plant Lore
offers folklore about various trees and plants. Includes a
- UFO Folklore
by Dan Geib offers what he considers to be "the most
substantial portion of the Greatest Folklore of the Century,
Urban Folklore and Legends
- Barbara's Tales of the Wooden Spoon and Urban Legends Reference Pages
by Barabara and David P. Mikkelson and the San Fernando
Valley Folklore Society offers a collection of urban legends,
curious and unusual facts, and rumors. Includes a searchable
- Guinness Beer FAQt and Folklore
discusses a variety of Urban legends surrounding the famous
Irish beer maker.
- Jean Fideler's Generation X Mythology
offers a sampling of anecdotes including gems like "Alice
Cooper is Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver," "Mr. Green
Jeans is Frank Zappa's Dad," "Chewing gum stays in your
stomach for seven years," and many more.
- Mat's Page of Urban Mythology
by Mat Honan offers a collection of Urban Legends, "the pop
culture folklore of the modern era."
by Patrick Arink offers urban legends about sex, computers,
celebrities, human weakness, death, animals, unpleasant
events, and more.
- Skew: Legends in our own time
by Eric Schmoyer.
- Uncle Ken's Urban Myth Page
includes the Neiman-Marcus recipe story, the winning woman in
Las Vegas, the great kidney harvest caper, and more.
- Urban Legends and Myths
by Brendan Delaney offers pointers to web sites which
information about urban legends on a variety of topics.
- Urban Legends Reference Page: College
offers urban legends about academia and the college
- Urban Legends Reference Page: Disney
offers myths, legends, and rumors about Walt Disney, Disney
theme parks, and Disney characters.
- Urban Legends Reference Page: Sex
indexes legends and stories pertaining to sex, love, and
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