This category is for questions about the ancient stories and myths of past civilizations.
Asked by Rodrigo Schoen in Fables and Folklore, Mythology
Where does the Tooth Fairy come from?
Rituals for the proper disposal of baby teeth have been common all over the world for centuries, but the Tooth Fairy is a uniquely American amalgamation of several myths. Rodents have long been associated with tooth rituals because of their strong teeth, and one of the Tooth Fairy’s precursors is a character in French folklore called La Petite Souris (The Little Mouse). She has origins in a 17th-century fairy tale, and she functions nearly identically to our Tooth Fairy—taking baby teeth from under pillows and leaving a small sum in return. The other main folklore element behind the Tooth Fairy are good fairies, like Cinderella’s fairy godmother, which were popular characters in European folktales. These good fairies and The Little Mouse coalesced into the American Tooth Fairy sometime in the early 1900s. The modern idea of the Tooth Fairy gained traction after World War II, due in part to the increased wealth in that era, and has remained popular ever since.
Asked in Mythology, Literary Terminology, Short Stories
What is the moral lesson of the short story your father goes to court?
Asked in Mythology, Poetry
What is an example of verse fable?
It would be a fable put into verse such as this one of the Ant and the Grasshopper: During Summer, Grasshopper was having fun When he spied Ant toiling under the sun "Hey Ant," he said, "Please come and play." But Ant said, "No, I must work today." "I'm storing food if Winter came, I recommend you do the same." But Grasshopper only had this comment, "There is heaps of food at present." Winter comes and food is nought Dying is he, a lesson taught. He sees Ant and his food-full store And he wished that he had listened more.
Asked in Mythology, Robin Hood
Why was Robin Hood important?
Asked in Academic Writing, Mythology, Biography, Essays
What is the analysis of The story of children in the city by amadis ma. Guerrero?
Asked in Mythology
What is the exposition in Alibaba and the forty thieves?
Since the exposition is the point of the story where background that is crucial to the understanding of the story is given, I'd say that in this work, it'd be at the beginning, when it is revealed to the readers that Cassim is rich and greedy, while Alibaba is humble but poor. This provides background information by letting the reader know the two different lives and personalities of both characters who could've ended up surviving at the end of the story. However, because the reader now knows that Cassim is rich but greedy, the reader can now anticipate Cassim's death and Alibaba's wealth.
What are the examples of origins in of gothic horror?
Asked in Religion & Spirituality, Mythology
What does it mean when the grim reaper does not carry his scythe?
Asked in Mythology, Fable (video game)
What information does each fable give you at the end?
Asked in Mythology, The Odyssey
What is the main point of the story Circe is there any special significance to the fact that she turns Odysseus's men to pigs?
Asked in Mythology, Poetry
Interpretation of Gabu by Carlos Angeles?
Gabu is a place in Ilocos Norte. It is near Pagudpod. Often, when typhoon occurs, large tidal waves go rampant, even affecting Pagudpod itself. These tidal waves devastate the life forms (animals and plants) and even the structures in that place. The 2nd line reflects the sadness of people in times of despair. The color represented in the 3rd line is actually a description of sadness due to death and suffering as life can cease due to these waves. The 4th line describes that the calamity is strong and it may happen again and again. Lastly, the last line tells that the sea would really find its way to tell us about the status of people living in that place.
Asked in Mythology
Who are the characters in the story tungkung langit and alunsina?
Asked in Mythology, Humor & Amusement, Elf on the Shelf
Can you touch an elf pet?
This is not recommended. Touching an elf can have dire consequences, regardless of the type of elf. According to The Elf on the Shelf, A Christmas Tradition, elves may lose their magic if touched by a human. This can be a benefit to naughty children, as they would then be unable to report back to North Pole headquarters and it's infamous dictator Santa Claus; although the act of intentionally robbing an elf of its magic is incredibly malicious and may be illegal in some countries. Other elven creatures tend to be very high-strung and can become defensive, even violent, if approached by humans -- especially those of Nordic and Germanic descent. Also it is important to note that, as intelligent creatures, elves would not be kept as pets. This is referred to as slavery.