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Encyclopedia of Myths. Monstropedia. God. God. Battleground God Can your beliefs about religion make it across our intellectual battleground?


In this activity, you’ll be asked a series of questions about God and religion. In each case (apart from Question 1, where "Don't Know" is a possible answer), you need to answer either True or False. The aim of the activity is not to judge whether your answers are correct. The Brain's God Spot. Scientists searching for the neural "God spot", which is supposed to control religious belief, believe that there is not just one but several areas of the brain that form the biological foundations of religious belief.

The Brain's God Spot

The researchers said their findings support the idea that the brain has evolved to be sensitive to any form of belief that improves the chances of survival, which could explain why a belief in God and the supernatural became so widespread in human evolutionary history. "Religious belief and behaviour are a hallmark of human life, with no accepted animal equivalent, and found in all cultures," said Professor Jordan Grafman, from the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, near Washington.

Scientists are divided on whether religious belief has a biological basis. "There is nothing unique about religious belief in these brain structures. The search for the God spot has in the past led scientists to many different regions of the brain. The Myth of Persephone - Greek Goddess of the Underworld. By Laura Strong, PhD One of the best known characters in the Slavic genre of folklore and fairytales is the deadly guardian of the Underworld, Baba Yaga.

The Myth of Persephone - Greek Goddess of the Underworld

Usually found in the deepest darkest corner of the forest, she is commonly portrayed as a hideous old hag with razor sharp teeth who cannibalistically devours those who naively stumble upon her domain. She dwells in a magical hut that is surrounded by a fence made from the leftover bleached-white bones of her victims, which is illuminated by their glowing skulls. This fence is a clear signal to anyone who would dare to pass through its gate that they must be prepared for an initiatory underworld experience, an experience that could end in sudden death or life-altering enlightenment, depending upon the wits and attitude of the initiate. The Narcissus and the Pomegranate: A New Look at Demeter and Persephone by Dawn Work-MaKinne.

The Narcissus and the Pomegranate: A New Look at Demeter and Persephone.

The Narcissus and the Pomegranate: A New Look at Demeter and Persephone by Dawn Work-MaKinne

Io9 - 14 terrifying Japanese monsters myths & spirits. Inuit Mythology Project on the Behance Network. Draconika - Dragons, Dragon Information, and Dragon Pictures. BuddhaNet - Worldwide Buddhist Information and Education Network. Mythical Creatures and Beasts. 3847027500_31b74413b2_b. Women in Greek Myths. Buddhism Religion: Beliefs, History, Rituals. Judaism 101. Where to Start.

Judaism 101

Essentials of Buddhism - core concepts. All mythologies. Runes, Alphabet of Mystery. Sciencevsfaith.png (PNG Image, 894x700 pixels) - Scaled (92%) Hundreds of Proofs of God’s Existence. NOTE: For real proofs of the nonexistence of any god, see "Why Atheism?

Hundreds of Proofs of God’s Existence

" For other evidence, go to Atheists of Silicon Valley debate page . Hundreds of Proofs of God’s Existence Formerly: Over Three Hundred Proofs of God’s Existence Originally adapted from a forum on the Internet Infidels . TRANSCENDENTAL ARGUMENT, a.k.a. . (1) If reason exists then God exists. (2) Reason exists. (3) Therefore, God exists. Internet Sacred Text Archive Home. Religion, World Religions, Comparative Religion - Just the facts on the world's religions. Religion and Sexual Ethics. Personal Mythology. The Five Stages of Personal Myth-Making The natural five-stage sequence around which the tasks and activities of the personal mythology model are organized can be easily summarized:

Personal Mythology

Magickal Myths and Metaphors - Gothic, fantasy, Steampunk, Gifts, Alchemy. Facts & Figures: Enchanted Objects. Enchanted Objects Arthurian Legend.

Facts & Figures: Enchanted Objects

Family tree of the Greek gods. Key: The essential Olympians' names are given in bold font.

Family tree of the Greek gods

See also List of Greek mythological figures Notes External links Media related to Family trees of Greek mythology at Wikimedia Commons. IRISH LITERATURE, MYTHOLOGY, FOLKLORE, AND DRAMA. Irish PlayographyIrish Writers OnlineStudy Ireland: Poetry - BBCIrish Women Writers - M.


OckerbloomThe Irish and LiteratureLyra CelticaIreland Literature Guide2002 Irish Author RoundtablePoetry Ireland / Éigse ÉireannEarly Irish Lyric Poetry - Kuno Meyer Sonnets from Ireland - E. Native American Legends. Indigenous languages Native American cultures What's new on our site today! This page is our collection of Native American folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.

We have indexed these stories tribe by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same native legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. Sponsored Links Note that since many children use this site, we have tried to avoid linking to any Native American legends or stories which deal explicitly with sex or contain bad language, including slur words for Native Americans.

Enjoy the stories! Native American Animal Symbols Of The Zodiac. Fables & Tales - Paper Portitude. World Mythology. - Your Guide To The Gods. Goddess Gift: Meet the Goddesses Here.

Gods and Goddesses. The Encyclopedia of Arda. Mythologias. Mythology, folklore, and religion. Mythical Creatures List, Mythical Creatures A-Z. Mythologies. Coyote and Opossum appear in the stories of a number of tribes. The mythologies of the indigenous peoples of North America comprise many bodies of traditional narratives associated with religion from a mythographical perspective. Indigenous North American belief systems include many sacred narratives. Such spiritual stories are deeply based in Nature and are rich with the symbolism of seasons, weather, plants, animals, earth, water, sky and fire.

The principle of an all embracing, universal and omniscient Great Spirit, a connection to the Earth, diverse creation narratives and collective memories of ancient ancestors are common. Traditional worship practices are often a part of tribal gatherings with dance, rhythm, songs and trance (e.g. the sun dance). Algonquian (northeastern US, Great Lakes)[edit] Plains Natives[edit] Blackfoot mythology – A North American tribe who currently live in Montana. Muskogean (southern US) and Iroquois (Eastern US)[edit] Alaska and Canada[edit] See also[edit] THEOI GREEK MYTHOLOGY, Exploring Mythology & the Greek Gods in Classical Literature & Art.

Ten Types of Goblins. The term “goblin” can apply to many types of magical creatures around the world. However, the one unifying feature is a sense of evil, or at least mischievousness, embodied in a grotesque or off-putting form with a general link to nighttime or merely dark places. Goblins have been around for a very long time to the point of having a specific term for them in Medieval Latin. The English word “goblin” actually comes from the Greek “kobalos” which means rogue. Five Monsters Rooted in Religion.