John William Waterhouse: Comprehensive Painting Gallery Sea monster Sea monsters are sea-dwelling mythical or legendary creatures, often believed to be of immense size. Marine monsters can take many forms, including sea dragons, sea serpents, or multi-armed beasts. They can be slimy or scaly and are often pictured threatening ships or spouting jets of water. The definition of a "monster" is subjective, and some sea monsters may have been based on scientifically accepted creatures such as whales and types of giant and colossal squid. Sightings and legends Plate ca. 1544 depicting various sea monsters; compiled from the Carta Marina. Historically, decorative drawings of heraldic dolphins and sea monsters were frequently used to illustrate maps, such as the Carta marina. Sea serpent reported by Hans Egede, Bishop of Greenland, in 1734. Sea monster accounts are found in virtually all cultures that have contact with the sea. a most terrible creature, resembling nothing they saw before. It is debatable what these modern "monsters" might be. See also
Adaro (mythology) The Adaro were malevolent merman-like sea spirits found in the mythology of the Solomon Islands. Adaro is a unique creature that lived in the Pacific Ocean. The Adaro is very dangerous. Said to arise from the wicked part of a person's spirit, an adaro is described as a man with gills behind his ears, tail fins for feet, a horn like a shark's dorsal fin, and a swordfish or sawfish-like spear growing out of his head. They may also travel in waterspouts and along rainbows. ^ Jump up to: a b Knappert, Jan (1992).
Proserpina Cult and myths Origin as Libera Libera was officially identified with Proserpina in 205 BCE, when she acquired a Romanised form of the Greek mystery rites and their attendant mythology. In the late Republican era, Cicero described Liber and Libera as Ceres' children. Cult Myths In another version of the story, Proserpina ate only four pomegranate seeds, and she did so of her own accord. In the autumn Ceres changes the leaves to shades of brown and orange (her favorite colors) as a gift to Proserpina before she has to return to the underworld. Orpheus and Eurydice The most extensive myth of Proserpina in Latin is Claudian's (4th century AD). In artwork In astronomy 26 Proserpina is a Main belt asteroid 95.1 kilometres (59.1 mi) in diameter, which was discovered by Robert Luther in 1853. See also Notes Further reading Frazer, James George (1911). ... External links
jewish folklore Middle Ages There is considerable evidence of Jewish people helping the spread of Eastern folktales in Europe. Besides these tales from foreign sources, Jews either collected or composed others which were told throughout the European ghettos, and were collected in Yiddish in the "Maasebücher". Numbers of the folktales contained in these collections were also published separately. It is, however, difficult to call many of them folktales in the sense given above, since nothing fairy-like or supernormal occurs in them. Legends There are a few definitely Jewish legends of the Middle Ages which partake of the character of folktales, such as those of the Jewish pope Andreas and of the golem, or that relating to the wall of the Rashi chapel, which moved backward in order to save the life of a poor woman who was in danger of being crushed by a passing carriage in the narrow way. Aggadah and folklore compilations See also Jewish mythology References
Undine (alchemy) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Undine, Undina or Ondine are sometimes interchangeable and may refer to: In literature and painting In music and ballet In opera In film In science In ships HMS Undine, eight ships in the Royal NavySMS Undine, a ship in the German High Seas FleetUSS Undine, two ships in the United States Navy In video games In popular culture Others Ondine, a typeface (font) designed by Adrian FrutigerVilla Undine, a resort architecture mansion in Binz, Rugia Island, GermanyUndine, New Brunswick, Canada See also Ondine's curse, a medical conditionUndine Barge Club, an amateur rowing club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Merman An interpretation of the semitic god Dagon as a "fish-god" Banff "Merman" on display at the Indian Trading Post Mermen are mythical male equivalents and counterparts of mermaids – legendary creatures who have the form of a male human from the waist up and are fish-like from the waist down, having scaly fish tails in place of legs. A "merboy" is a young merman. Mythology In Greek mythology, mermen were often illustrated to have green seaweed-like hair, a beard, and a trident. The actions and behavior of mermen can vary wildly depending on the source and time period of the stories. Notable mermen Cryptozoology A "merman" (actually a Fiji mermaid) was supposedly found in Banff, Alberta. Entertainment In some modern works and films however, mermen are portrayed as handsome, strong and brave. Mer-Man from He-Man See also References Jump up ^ Ármann Jakobsson, "Hættulegur hlátur," In Úr manna minnum: Greinar um íslenskar þjóðsögur. External links
Angel The Harmony between Religion and Science, a ceiling fresco of the Marble Hall at Seitenstetten Abbey (Lower Austria) by Paul Troger, 1735 Etymology The word angel arrives in modern English from Old English engel (with a hard g) and the Old French angele. Both of these derive from Late Latin angelus (literally "messenger"), which in turn was borrowed from Late Greek ἄγγελος aggelos, commonly transliterated by non-Greek speakers in its phonetic form ángelos. Additionally, per Dutch linguist R. S. The rendering of "ángelos" is the Septuagint's default translation of the Biblical Hebrew term mal’ākh, denoting simply "messenger" without connoting its nature. Abrahamic religions Judaism The Torah uses the (Hebrew) terms מלאך אלהים (mal'āk̠ 'ĕlōhîm; messenger of God), מלאך יהוה (mal'āk̠ YHWH; messenger of the Lord), בני אלהים (bənē 'ĕlōhîm; sons of God) and הקודשים (haqqôd̠əšîm; the holy ones) to refer to beings traditionally interpreted as angels. ... Christianity
Loch Ness Monster The Loch Ness Monster is a cryptid, a creature whose existence has been suggested but is not discovered or documented by the scientific community. It is reputedly a large unknown animal that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere, though its description varies from one account to the next. Popular interest and belief in the animal's existence has varied since it was first brought to the world's attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings. Origins Loch Ness History Saint Columba (6th century) The earliest report of a monster associated with the vicinity of Loch Ness appears in the Life of St. Spicers (1933) In August 1933 a motorcyclist named Arthur Grant claimed to have nearly hit the creature while approaching Abriachan on the north-eastern shore, at about 1 a.m. on a moonlit night. Chief Constable William Fraser (1938) C.
Each-uisge History The each-uisge, a supernatural water horse found in the Highlands of Scotland, is supposedly the most dangerous water-dwelling creature in the British Isles. Often mistaken for the Kelpie (which inhabits streams and rivers), the each-uisge lives in the sea, sea lochs, and fresh water lochs. In its human form it is said to appear as a handsome man, and can be recognised as a mythological creature only by the water weeds in its hair; because of this, people in the Highlands were often wary of lone animals and strangers by the waters edge, near where the each-uisge was reputed to live. Along with its human victims, cattle and sheep were also often prey to the each-uisge, and it could be lured out of the water by the smell of roasted meat. A blacksmith from Raasay lost his daughter to the each-uisge. See also References
Atargatis Atargatis /əˈtɑrɡətɨs/ or Ataratheh (/əˈtærəθə/; Aramaic: ‘Atar‘atheh or Tar‘atheh) was a Syrian deity, the chief goddess of northern Syria (Michael Rostovtzeff called her "the great mistress of the North Syrian lands"), Ctesias also used the name Derceto for her. and to the Romans as Dea Syriae ("Syrian goddess"). Primarily she was a goddess of fertility, but, as the baalat ("mistress") of her city and people, she was also responsible for their protection and well-being. Her chief sanctuary was at Hierapolis, modern Manbij, northeast of Aleppo, Syria. She is sometimes described as a mermaid-goddess, because of a fish-bodied goddess at Ascalon. However, there is no evidence that Atargatis was worshipped at Ascalon, and all iconographic evidence shows her as anthropomorphic. Her consort is usually Hadad. Name and origin The name Atargatis derives from the Aramaic form ‘Atar‘atheh, which comes in several variants. Cult centers and images Syncretism
Beelzebub "Baalzebub" redirects here. For the genus of spider, see Ray spider. "Beelzebub and them that are with him shoot arrows" from John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (1678) Beelzebub or Beel-Zebub (/biːˈɛlzɨbʌb/ bee-EL-zə-bub or /ˈbiːlzɨbʌb/ BEEL-zə-bub; Hebrew: בַּעַל זְבוּב, Baʿal Zəvûv; Arabic: بعل الذباب, Ba‘al adh-Dhubāb) is a contemporary name for the devil. In later[when?] In Christian demonology, he is one of the seven princes of Hell according to Catholic views on Hell. Hebrew Bible The source for the name Beelzebub is in 2 Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16. Scholars should not be divided, in regard to the god of Ekron, between the belief that zebub may be the original affix to Baal and that it is a substitute for an original zbl which, after the discoveries of Ras Shamra, has been connected with the title of "prince", frequently attributed to Baal in mythological texts. Testament of Solomon New Testament In Arabic,[where?] Gnostic tradition Christian tradition
Robin Hood - The Facts and the Fiction - Legends, Stories, Songs Kelpie The kelpie is a supernatural water horse from Celtic folklore that is believed to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland and Ireland; the name may be from Scottish Gaelic cailpeach or colpach "heifer, colt". Folklore In mythology, the kelpie is described as a strong and powerful horse. The fable of the kelpie varies by region. Similar creatures There are many mythological creatures similar to the kelpie, such as the "nuggle" from Orkney, and a "shoopiltee," or "njogel," or "tangi" from Shetland. In popular culture See also References Sources