This category is for questions about the ancient stories and myths of past civilizations.
Asked in The Bible, Mythology
How would you trap an angel?
You cannot trap a good angel here on earth because it is a heavenly being with powers we humans do not have. It can return to heaven at will. A demon can establish residence in a human being so that is one way the demons are trapped until they are ordered to leave the human being. No unclean thing can enter into the kingdom of God. Therefore to trap an angel you have to have them commit some sin which condemns them to whatever state they are currently in. The easiest way to do this is to have them commit some 'sin of omission', that is fail to do something that they should do. One such instance was manufacture by Marcellus of Dane when he engaged an angel in a theological discussion then proved that the angel took the name of the lord in vain in at least five instances. (The angel could have 'validly made his points' without referencing the almighty in certain occasions.) The angel was at his beck until he Confessed his sin Resolved not to repeat his sin. Made restitution for his sin. The sticky point was in making restitution, as Marcellus refused to listen to the angels explanations and apology. The angel however entered his dreams and completed his penitence and was free again to return to the presence of the Lord God.
From the book lonesome dove the quote uva uvam vivendo varia fit was used what does it mean?
I have read that Larry McMurty purposely used incorrect Latin because of his characters(Gus wrote the phrase on the sign). The scrambled meaning of the phrase translates to a "grape changes color [i.e., ripens] when it sees [another] grape." This would explain why Gus says "you ride with an outlaw you die with an outlaw" when they catch Jake with the horse thieves, meaning that you show your true colors in the presence of others. From what I have read, it means something along the lines of "one vine becomes the whole vine" or "one grape causes the others to ripen". In essence, I believe that McMurtry was trying to convey the legacy of Gus and Call and the importance of friendship and companionship. From what I have read, it means something along the lines of "one vine becomes the whole vine" or "one grape causes the others to ripen". In essence, I believe that McMurtry was trying to convey the legacy of Gus and Call and the importance of friendship and companionship. ANOTHER VIEW The sign for the Gus and Call's Hat Creek Cattle Company includes the Latin motto "Uva Uvam Vivendo Varia Fit" which appears to be a reference to a proveb ("Uva Uvam Videndo Varia Fit") first attributed Juvenal. Juvenal's proverb is translated as "A grape (uva) other grapes (uvam) seeing (videndo) changes (varia fit)." Some readers think McMurty's substitution of "vivendo" for "videndo" is an artifice McMurty used to underscore Gus's lack of education and unfamiliarity with Latin. That seems unlikely. When Call asks Gus about the motto, Gus jumbles it comically and does not even pretend to know what it means. Having established that, McMurty gained nothing by adding a spelling error that only Latin scholars would catch. Likewise, it seems unlikely - as other readers have suggested - that the substitution was simply a typographical error. Although the substitution is ungrammatical, "vivendo" means "living" so the effect is that the motto is changed from "A grape changes when it sees other grapes" to "A grape is changed by living with other grapes" or, since we are not really concerned with grapes after all, "We are changed by the lives around us." ELABORATION: They were settled in in Lonesome Dove and had an environment they were comfortable in and that they understood. Capt. Call wanted to see Montana and in doing so changed all of the lives around him. One ripple in time changed all their lives. Lonesome Dove as Tragedy It's difficult to know what a writer is thinking, regardless of how "obvious" their meaning seems to be. There is a number of plausible explanations for the novel's title, but McMurtry's -- that it refers to Newt! -- seems wayward, if not downright perverse. Because Lonesome Dove is such a beloved work, people overlook the fact that it's an extremely unhappy story. (McMurtry even said that he didn't understand why such a depressing novel was so popular.) Almost every character has their life lost, destroyed, or "merely" badly damaged (Newt being the obvious exception), simply because they went on an unnecessary journey. Xavier Wantz's grisly, gratuitous suicide is typical of McMurtry's delight in torturing his characters (both physically and psychologically). However pompous it might sound, I think of Lonesome Dove as "The Wizard of OZ meets Das Lied von der Erde". It therefore seems reasonable that this (mis-)quote is consciously meant ironically. The very thing that does not happen is that (with the exception of Newt), there is no "ripening". People are no different -- no "riper" -- at the end of the story than they were at the beginning, either because of other peoples' examples (videndo) or simply their passage through life (vivendo). No one changes, no one matures.
Asked in Mythology
Who invented the Philosopher's Stone?
The philosopher's stone was a substance created by alchemy. The substance could be used to turn base metals into silver or gold, heal all illnesses and prolong life. It is sometimes referred to as materia prima, or for medical purposes, the elixer of life. Geber, an Islamic alchemist, is believed to have first come up with the concept for the philosopher's stone in the 8th century AD. Some believe that the philosopher's stone is actually a metaphor for spiritual enlightenment, with our imperfect state (base metal) being enlightened to a more perfect state (gold). Nicholas Flamel
Asked in Mythology, Greek and Roman Mythologies
Who owned the Golden Apples of Roman mythology?
Asked in Mythology
What is the philosophy behind the quest motif in mythological literature?
Asked in Mythology, Ancient Egypt, Egyptian Mythology
Who is the Egyptian goddess of fire?
Two Egyptian goddesses have been chosen as goddesses of fire. In the Egyptian pantheon, Tefnut was the goddess of humidity/moisture and, oddly enough, also the goddess of fire. Sekhmet, the goddess of sun, was also worshipped as a goddess of fire. Tefnut and Sekhmet are both usually represented as women-lionesses (body of a woman, head of a lionesse).
Asked in English Language, Mythology, Short Stories
The story of the old man in mound?
Asked in Literature and Language, Mythology
Who is Aengus Mac Og?
Aengus is the son of Eithne, wife of Elcmar of the Brug, and the Dagda. He is also the foster-son and Half-brother of Midir of Brí Leith.In 'Tochmarc Étaine' (The Wooing of Étain) his birth is related. Aengus is also known as some kind of Love-God. He helps Midir in winning Étain as his wife and when she's turned into a purple fly by Midir's first wife Fuamnach, Aengus cares for her until she is again blown away by a magical storm made by Fuamnach.
Asked in Mythology, Native American Spirituality
Can people morph into animals?
Answer 1: No. People cannot morph into animals. There were some rumors that, back in the early ages, people were able to morph into animals and there were various stories on that. Today, however, you cannot morph into an animal. Although some people claim that morphing into animals is possible, it is indeed impossible. Answer 2: It is a belief among many tribal people that man can, or used to, have this ability, as: * Yes, and they are called "Navajo Skinwalkers" -- Yeenaaldlooshii in Navajo -- and they do exist. * I have read Native American stories that they used to morph into animals: the "Mothman" for example... I don't think people can do that... As a spirit, YES, but because they have no shape at all. * They can in the books "Animorphs." They are really good books for 12-year-olds. * Our friends the Vikings thought warriors could morph into bears during battle. These were the "Berserkers" (Bear shirts). * There's an amusing Cree (North Alberta Tribe) tale called "Deer Feces Woman," where a young man falls in love with a girl after being lost in the forest. By spring they have a baby -- then she turns back into a pile of deer scat. Zeus, the Greek god, could turn into animals on demand. * In Hrolf Kraki's "Saga," a story written about the same time as "Beowulf," several of the characters turn into animals or part-animals. * We all have friends who turn into orangutans after a beer or few. * The only known case of this is that of the aboriginal people of Australia. Prior to colonization it was used as a traditional hunting method for Kangaroos and other flighty game. * When Australia was colonized the Europeans considered this to be a form of "devil worshiping witchcraft" and promptly put to death all known elders who were capable of carrying out this amazing feat. * It is rumored that the ability may not have been completely lost and that some aboriginal people living in the deep interior of Australia still use it as a method of hunting. Answer 3: It is physically impossible for humans to change into animals, period. == ==
Asked in Religion & Spirituality, Mythology
Who is the mischievous god?
That depends on which mythology you are looking at, since many religions have a "trickster" in their pantheon of deities. In Norse Mythology it would be Loki. To several Mesopotamian mythologies it would be Baal. In Greek mythology, Hermes is often associated with tricks and mischief. Hindus tell stories of Krishna as a boy stealing butter. In Africa and in the parts of the Caribbean where Santeria is practiced, it's Eshu (also called Elegua).
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.
Why is Arachne and Minerva a myth?
Though it is an atypical myth (in that it was purely Roman in origin, not Greek, and it did not serve as an etymological allegory), it is a myth because the people involved did not exist. Aside the fact that Minerva was a goddess, Archne was not a common name among Romans OR Greeks. In fact, the word arachne in ancient Greek simply means spider. As typical of Roman myths, this story has a moral, and serves to illustrate the origin of some natural occurrence (spiders building elaborate webs).