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The infant Heracles strangling the snakes sent by the goddess Hera (a woman protects Iphiclyse on the right).	Source: Public Domain

Surprising Mythological Stories From Around the World (Video)


Exploring mythological stories from diverse cultures unveils a rich tapestry of beliefs and narratives deeply embedded in human history. For instance, the Hawaiian tradition embodied in the kumulipo chant, recited upon Captain James Cook's arrival, portrays the creation of the world over multiple cosmic nights, offering insights into Hawaiian cosmology and spirituality.

In Hindu mythology, Shiva's association with cannabis reveals intricate rituals surrounding sacred plants, highlighting the spiritual significance attributed to them in ancient Hindu texts.

The story of Iphiclyse, twin brother of Heracles in Greek mythology, delves into themes of jealousy and acceptance within the divine lineage, adding depth to our understanding of familial dynamics in mythology.

Norse mythology introduces the whimsical messenger squirrel, Ratatoskr, a key character in the cosmic ecosystem of the world tree, showcasing the vivid imagination of ancient Norse storytellers. Additionally, the tragic tale of Cassandra from Greek mythology serves as a poignant reminder of the complexities of fate and divine intervention.

Roman mythology offers practical insights into daily life, with Sterculius being the god associated with feces and agricultural fertility, highlighting the spiritual connection between humanity and the natural world.  These mythological narratives, passed down through generations, continue to captivate and inspire, providing valuable insights into the diversity of human beliefs and cultural traditions.

Top image: The infant Heracles strangling the snakes sent by the goddess Hera (a woman protects Iphiclyse on the right).  Source: Public Domain

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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