Superstitions & Legends
9 Superstitions About Flying
Fear of flying is no joke, as many who suffer from this phobia will tell you. Rather than leaving their destiny up to chance, some people allow their superstitious nature to take over before embarking on a flight. Discover nine unconventional practices people employ to help ensure a safe trip.
The Dark Secrets of India’s Richest Temple
It is said that the dangerous Vault B—situated inside the famed Padmanabhaswamy Temple in the state of Kerala in India—is protected by a powerful ancient curse. Whoever tries to open it forcefully could unleash a terrible catastrophe upon mankind.
The Fascinating Mystery of the Versailles Time-Travel Incident
Two respectable academics, Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain, claimed to have seen Marie Antoinette in 1901, more than 100 years after her death.
The Invisible City of Biringan Revealed
In the heart of a rural jungle on one of the islands of the Philippines, there is a dazzling city of light. It bustles with futuristic automation and locals who are all beautiful and happy. But you won't find this place on any map because it doesn't really exist except in hushed tales. Or does it?
The Truth About the Nuno sa Punso
The Nuno sa Punso—or Mound Dweller—is an elemental spirit from the Philippines that incites fear because it is easily angered and will seek retribution against those who damage or disturb its mound. But is it an ancestor, a demon, or something else?
The Mysterious Island of Hy-Brasil
There is a strange, disappearing island from ancient times that sits in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is called Hy-Brasil and has been included on multiple maps dating as far back as 1325. However, this mysterious island has never been visible to mortals.
Superstitions and Legends Regarding Wolves
The dark persona of the wolf long ago cemented its place in the world of folklore. The following are a few examples of both the practical and supernatural notions that revolve around one of the animal kingdom's most mysterious denizens.
6 Superstitions About Food and Their (Somewhat) Bizarre Meanings
Whether we eat to live or live to eat, food is something we can't do without. These snippets involve beliefs—some conventional and some not so much—that center around this basic life necessity.
7 Superstitions and Old Wives' Tales Involving the Human Body
The following snippets deal with a handful of somewhat bizarre notions pertaining to the inner workings of the human body. While some are outlandish, to be sure, others hold a grain of truth. Which is which is up to the reader to decide.
Racism in the Philippine Kapre Myth
When you faintly smell tobacco and see the glow of embers near a giant tree, or feel the eyes of a large hairy beast upon you in the Philippine jungles, it might just be the Kapre. More bothersome than the Kapre, however, is the racial prejudice and religious bias that it originates from.
6 Superstitions (and Their Meanings) About Love
Looking for, or being in love, is not always as easy as it seems. The following are a few snippets involving the dos and don'ts of love as dictated by superstition. While not always practical, these bits of wisdom do make one wonder how much of our lives we control, and how much is left up to fate.
6 Eerie Bits of Folklore and Their Meanings
While most stories of lore are relatively tame, there are some that are quite frightening in their implications. The following are six examples of these sometimes disturbing beliefs that—if they hold the slightest grain of truth—are enough to send chills down the spines of the bravest of souls.
8 Superstitions About Dogs and Their Meanings
There is no denying the unbreakable bond that exists between humans and their canine companions. Perhaps due to their almost magical personas, dogs hold a special place in the world of superstitions. The following are a few examples of the lore surrounding these remarkable creatures.
9 Archaic Superstitions About Witches
In this day and age, most of us are aware that those who practice witchcraft most often do so with the purest of intentions. In the past, however, these practitioners were often persecuted for their beliefs. The following are a few of the superstitions that arose from those dark times.
7 Superstition and Old Wives' Tales About Cats
With their secretive natures, felines are the perfect fodder for tales of lore. These mysterious creatures reveal only what they want us to see and can be both whimsical and mystical, depending on their mood. What follows are seven far-fetched notions that revolve around the always intriguing cat.
7 Superstitions Involving Pregnancy and Motherhood
Few can deny that the majority of mothers live and breathe for their children. The following are a few superstitions—some more disturbing than others— that deal with the often bizarre notions that revolve around pregnancy and motherhood.
6 Eerie Examples of Farm Folklore
Anyone who has spent time on a farm knows that those who work the land often believe strongly in superstitions and live their lives accordingly. The following are six examples of some of the creepier bits of folklore that were popular among the farmers in my extended family.
6 Superstitions That We Wish Were True
Some superstitions, if taken seriously, can be downright frightening. Others, such as the ones you are about to explore, are meant only to bring goodwill to those for whom fate smiles. The following snippets remind us that, in the world of superstitions, anything is possible.
10 Creepy Superstitions and Their Meanings
While some superstitions tiptoe around the darker side of life, others address it head-on. The following are a sampling of the latter, some of which you may be hearing for the first time. A few are fairly tame, while others border on the macabre.
5 Superstitions About Animals and Insects
The animal kingdom figures heavily in the world of folklore and superstition. These non-human beings are sometimes seen as angels in disguise, while on other occasions, they are harbingers of doom. Their appearance can also bring luck—both good and bad.
A Trio of Old Wives' Tales and Their Meanings
Old wives' tales—those pearls of wisdom uttered to keep us from making grave mistakes—are interesting to be sure. But have you ever wondered what they really mean? If you have, look no further. What follows are three of these bits of lore and the stories behind them.
The 12 Goddesses of Fertility Around the World and Their Stories
Uplifting stories and prayers to all who wish to conceive
A Field Guide to Fairies: The Alp-Luachra
This obscure creature from Irish folklore was believed by some to be the cause of mysterious thinning illnesses and abdominal pain. Crawling into its victim's mouth while they slept by a stream, this being made a home in its host's belly and feeds on any meals they should eat.
Folklore and Mythology About the Moon From the Philippines
From moon-eating beasts to lunar deities, this article covers how the moon shows up in folklore and mythology from the Philippines.
Old Wives' Tales and Superstitions About Body Parts
If you want to learn more about some superstitions associated with body parts, read on.
50 Good Luck Symbols and Signs From Around the World
Discover lucky signs and symbols from all over the world. Some symbols ward off evil and some items protect people from curses. Here are 50 of the most spectacular good luck symbols and charms from various cultures and regions of the world.
The Superstitions of Japan
Like any country, Japan has many superstitions that have been passed down over time to protect their children, shape society, and instill teachings to build culture and improve behavior. Learning these superstitions can help one to understand Japan more clearly.
10 Superstitions and Their Meanings
Growing up in a superstitious family, it seemed as though unseen entities bent on wreaking havoc were always within earshot. The following are examples of superstitions, like pictures falling off the wall and stepping on a grave, and their meanings.
Which Finnish God Are You? The Powers of Tapio, Ahti, and Ukko
Finnish mythology encompasses very deep, shamanic layers. Deities were known for their unique attributes and domains, and each one ruled a different element. Which Finnish god are you?
Mountain Goddesses of the Philippines: The Lovelorn Enchantress Maria Makiling
With origins tracing back to pre-colonial times, Maria Makiling is the most popular fairy figure in the Philippines. Read on to explore how this legend survived the colonial invasion and continues to be worshipped in many ways to this day.
The Legend of the Spear of Destiny and the Creator of Tyrants
The spear exists, but is the legend real? The Spear of Destiny has been sought by many who thirst for power. However, as legend states, they fail after obtaining it. Many mysteries surround this object's origin and purpose, as well as its validity. Is it just an ancient spear or more?
What Are the Halls of Amenti in the Emerald Tablets?
The Emerald Tablets are not easy to comprehend, and the internet contains many misconceptions about the meaning of the Tablets. I will try to explain more about its contents, including the meaning behind the Halls of Amenti.