Mythology

Interesting Facts about Angels

  The word angel comes from the Greek word angelos, which means “winged messenger.”   Although angels are generally found within three key religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, similar beings can also be found within Sumerian, Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian and Greek writings, as well, and are thought to have played a major influence upon the […]

Arachne: The Woman Who Spoke the Truth

In Greco-Roman mythology Arachne was a mortal woman, who was challenged by Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, to determine which of them was the better weaver. There are three versions of the story. **Spiders are called arachnids after Arachne. Ovid’s Version In this version, Arachne was a shepherd’s daughter who began weaving at an […]

Nephilim

What are they? Most consider them to be the offspring of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men” before the Flood.  The name is also used in reference to giants who inhabited Canaan at the time of the Israelite conquest of Canaan according to Numbers 13:33. The majority of ancient biblical versions, interpret Nephilim to mean […]

The Book of Enoch: The Grigori

Grigori or Watcher Angels: “those who are awake”; “guard”, “watcher” is a term used in connection with biblical angels. Watcher occurs in both plural and singular forms in the Book of Daniel (2nd century BC), where reference is made to their holiness. The apocryphal Books of Enoch (1st and 2nd centuries BC) refer to both […]

Perv Paradise: Ancient Rome II

Lewd Graffiti Next time you get bored and scrawl a massive dong on the wall of a public toilet, you should know that you’re simply carrying on an ancient tradition that stretches back to Roman times. That’s right: the Romans were no more high-minded about this sort of thing than you or me. When they […]

Fascinating Myths about Dragonflies

Myth #1: Dragonflies sew your ears shut while you sleep. Ever wonder why so many dragonflies are called darners?  Their name comes from an old European myth, one of those stories that people would use to scare their children into behaving: that dragonflies sew your ears shut while sleep as a punishment for wrongdoings. Myth […]

Ancient Egyptian Concept of the Soul

The ancient Egyptians believed that a human soul was made up of five parts: the Ren, the Ba, the Ka, the Sheut, and the Ib. In addition to these components of the soul there was the human body (called the ha, occasionally a plural haw, meaning approximately sum of bodily parts). The other souls were […]