Tag: folklore

36 What is the world's oldest joke? 2018-02-20T01:16:21.570

22 Do Welsh fairies marry human women? 2015-04-29T16:15:03.980

21 Does any folklore of Pictish origin survive in Britain or Ireland? 2016-05-29T03:02:13.890

19 Where does the story of selling one's soul to the devil first occur in Christian myth? 2015-05-19T04:26:37.723

17 What is the meaning of not giving clothes to supernatural helpers? 2015-04-28T19:38:34.573

17 What is the relationship between werewolves and vampires in Balkan folklore? 2015-05-02T16:23:18.850

16 Did the word "fairies" originate after the creation of stories about fairies? 2015-05-23T14:36:50.803

16 Is there a connection between the use of the metaphor "black dog" for depression and the black dog of British folklore? 2016-06-02T18:12:34.770

14 When did Korrigans become part of the Breton folklore? 2015-04-29T13:45:35.840

14 Pre-Tolkien Orcs in myths or folklore? 2018-03-09T17:33:55.550

13 How was Guan Yu deified? 2015-04-29T03:36:02.733

13 Why doesn't Mukiti want Mwindo to visit his aunt? 2015-05-05T23:57:44.283

13 What’s the origin of the Weird Sisters in Macbeth? 2016-11-14T19:37:30.130

13 What are the origins of the snowman? 2017-12-24T11:10:55.837

13 Where did the notion the moon was made of cheese originate? 2018-02-26T22:45:06.220

12 Are there parallels between Ymir/Auðumbla and Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox besides the obvious? 2016-09-28T20:18:01.063

11 What is the oldest traditional children's game? 2016-06-02T16:33:09.033

11 Why do so many cultures have monsters that prey on families? 2017-03-16T01:27:31.520

11 Are there any elf like creatures in non-European folklore? 2017-08-30T00:03:55.870

10 What is the origin of horse brasses depicting sun, moon, star, and wheel? 2016-12-21T16:16:04.930

10 Were the grottoes of the Mitcham Fair in South London really connected with the veneration of St James of Compostela? 2016-12-21T16:37:52.137

10 Cows adapted to life on a steep hillside 2017-08-29T22:35:05.920

10 Origin of "horses that instinctively open a vein with their teeth in order to breathe more freely" 2018-02-01T03:01:06.017

9 What is the source for this legend about baking virgin's blood into breads? 2015-12-29T18:51:06.370

9 What was the first example of a "Only true love can awake" in folklore? 2016-05-14T22:09:38.880

9 Have any cultures of N, NW or E Europe used symbols for warding off the "evil eye" that are related to ones used around the Mediterranean? 2016-06-03T08:05:49.507

9 Why can't a vrykolakas cross the sea? 2016-09-26T10:48:15.453

9 Does Pippi Longstocking have mythological roots? 2017-01-13T18:02:12.533

9 Are there any stories that present solar eclipses as a good sign? 2017-08-11T07:20:52.190

9 Crystal taped to radiator? 2017-10-27T20:19:57.807

8 What is the oldest known version of the Thessalonike legend? 2015-06-19T07:53:07.237

8 Are vampires called anything else in European folklore? 2015-11-03T04:38:34.410

8 How old is the belief that spilling salt is unlucky and should be followed by throwing a pinch of salt over the shoulder? 2016-06-02T17:28:47.697

8 How are bears associated with the world of dreams? 2017-03-02T10:00:03.530

7 How did Princess Argyro lose her breast? 2016-09-07T20:18:40.960

7 Who's afraid of steel? Is iron different? 2017-05-13T18:12:41.150

7 What were the origins of the Santa Lucia processions in Sweden featuring candle-wearing Lucia and the cone-capped star boys? 2017-10-06T14:12:09.430

7 Why is easter called 'easter'? 2018-03-23T10:56:45.970

7 When were "air quotes" first used? 2018-04-17T13:00:45.793

6 Why did Unkulunkulu send the lizard after the chameleon? 2016-01-26T08:31:40.930

6 Are there any ancient unicorn myths that originated from Tibet or its bordering regions? 2016-02-21T05:27:53.047

6 What are the earliest known origins of Sasquatches in Native American culture in the Americas? 2016-07-09T15:29:35.933

6 What is a Planetnik? 2016-09-11T15:12:27.500

6 Why did Rumpelstiltskin want the baby? 2017-10-27T18:39:53.450

6 Where do Easter eggs come from? 2018-03-23T01:10:43.453

6 Why are the domains of sexuality and fertility commonly associated with battle & war? 2018-04-26T18:08:02.817

5 Are there any sort of chief pantheon in Japanese mythology? Who do they consist of? 2016-03-08T22:21:51.153

5 How can a melusine manage to disguise their true appearance? 2016-10-16T10:47:55.863

5 Is there any reference to this story about Inari? 2016-10-24T08:36:25.937

5 Did the vikings/medieval Scandinavians actually worship Odin, Thor, etc? 2017-08-04T01:19:10.677

5 What is the earliest known instance of "When Shepherds Washed their Socks by Night", the children's version of the Christmas carol? 2018-02-16T20:22:46.893

5 Did tales about a house made of sweets predate Hansel and Gretel? 2018-04-18T21:41:21.103

5 When was the first known account of the Tooth Fairy? 2018-05-08T17:16:57.867

5 Where does the personification of the River Thames as Old Father Thames originate? 2018-08-03T15:28:34.510

4 The Origin of Werewolf: Deities Cursing People into Animals? 2016-12-19T06:45:23.130

4 Why is the helhest three-legged? 2017-07-20T20:35:23.950

4 Why does the Yara-ma-yha-who live on fig trees? 2017-09-04T23:09:35.643

4 What are the origin and geographical spread of the belief that a girl or woman should not wash her hair when she is menstruating? 2018-02-16T21:21:10.030

4 Historic-geographic spread and variations of the children's rhyme "My friend Billy had a 10-foot willy" 2018-02-18T10:26:40.270

4 Why do we wear green on St. Patrick's Day and get pinched if we don't? 2018-03-17T17:22:23.137

4 What pagan or folk customs and beliefs relate to Pentecost (Whitsun)? 2018-04-17T01:53:02.070

4 What is the origin of the story that kefir grains were given to Orthodox Christians in the Northern Caucasus by the Prophet Mohammed? 2018-04-29T01:35:52.420

4 Why do ghosts mess with electricity? 2018-05-14T15:10:37.943

4 Zombies and stopping them? 2018-09-15T23:03:48.883

3 Twice a bridesmaid, never a bride? 2016-01-23T08:46:24.110

3 What are some good sources for understanding about the Kleevauks? 2017-08-18T23:19:11.767

3 Tales of bats as witches' familiars? 2017-10-18T11:53:18.443

3 Earliest recorded instance and geographical spread of the idea that banging your head on your pillow N times can ensure that you wake up at N o'clock? 2018-02-16T20:54:02.227

3 What is the oldest known appearance of clairvoyance or telepathy in myth or folklore? 2018-02-27T01:47:01.763

3 How old is the legend that the insulting "V" sign was first used at or with reference to the Battle of Agincourt? 2018-03-10T22:07:26.613

3 What is conveyed or connoted in the story that St Patrick banished snakes from Ireland, when in his time Ireland had no snakes? 2018-03-17T20:44:26.343

3 Were shaggy dog stories known before they got that name? 2018-03-28T15:37:24.943

3 How are domovye (domestic spirits) experienced in Russian flats (apartments)? 2018-04-07T18:38:50.827

3 What was the origin of the nursery rhyme "Don't care was made to care"? 2018-04-22T18:40:20.227

3 What is the difference between a phantom and a ghost? 2018-04-27T17:13:22.650

3 Where is the Ancient Greek belief of Pre-Existence referenced? 2018-07-19T04:48:44.183

3 Can Vampires Take Form of Nocturnal Animals? 2018-08-30T18:53:57.040

3 What's the best way to go about researching obscure mythologies? 2018-08-31T04:00:05.847

3 How did you survive my 100-step punch? 2018-10-29T21:13:03.217

2 What is the folkloristic origin of cats having 9 lives? 2016-07-28T16:52:44.263

2 What is the provenance of the reindeer antlers that are used in the Abbots Bromley horn dance? 2018-02-17T01:24:14.150

2 What is the oldest known story from the Paleolithic or Mesolithic, if any are known? 2018-03-10T21:43:28.233

2 What are the origins of the "okay" hand signal? 2018-03-12T03:17:11.080

2 What is the earliest known instance of the nursery rhyme "The House that Jack Built"? 2018-03-17T13:35:25.323

2 What are the origins of April Fools' Day? 2018-04-01T11:50:22.430

2 What do you call a human who can take energy from other living objects? 2018-08-18T14:41:35.583

2 What are the supernatural properties of gold in mythology and folklore? 2018-11-03T04:54:28.150

1 Which current cultures have April Fools' Day on 1 April? 2018-04-01T11:56:16.803

1 What connects the Welsh and English Gogmagog with the Hebrew Gog and Magog? 2018-04-04T16:59:10.383

1 What is the origin of the 'Light' as a ghost? 2018-04-27T17:35:39.870

0 What is the earliest known appearance of a hero's greatgrandparent in folklore? 2018-03-17T20:24:00.983

0 When was the first known Maypole? 2018-04-04T16:40:34.993

0 Folktales or Fairy Tales in Native Language (if any exist anywhere) 2018-10-25T23:47:59.953

0 Stories of areas/buildings/objects that disappear and reappear during fixed intervals? 2018-11-08T22:41:01.560

0 Who is Ashirah in Hebrew mythology? 2018-11-26T22:33:15.180

-1 Any ancient myths/folklore/tales/etc. about extraterrestrial voyages/people/beings? 2018-10-12T21:43:37.307