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Victor Noir is more famous for his death and his grave than for his life. He was a journalist who was shot dead. To mark his grave, a bronze statue of the man lying down as if just shot was erected. This statue has since become something of a fertility symbol.

Due to the naturalistic style of the sculpture there is a fold in Noir’s trousers which make him appear to be aroused. Myth says that placing a flower in the top hat after kissing the statue on the lips and rubbing its genital area will enhance fertility, bring a blissful sex life, or, in some versions, a husband within the year. This is located at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris

Anonymous said:

Do you have any advice for creating your own mythology/legends for a story?

leventricule said:

I’m really, really sorry if you’ve answered this before. but I was wondering if you had anything on writing your own myths? Thanks you soooo much, xo!

I’m surprised I haven’t covered general myths yet! Anyway, here are some related posts to start you off:

Part I: Creating a Religion

Part II: Religious Hierarchies

Part III: Pantheons, Deities, Mythologies, etc.

Part IV: Creating a Deity

Part V: Religious Sects

Part VI: Creation Myths

BONUS: Ceremonies (birth, death, naming, sacrificing, rites of passage)

Myths, Creatures, and Folklore

Mythology Tag

MYTHS, LEGENDS, FOLKLORE, AND URBAN LEGENDS

First, we need to establish the different between myths, legends, folklore/fair tales, and urban legends:

  • A myth is a symbolic story that often has a religious aspect to it and is used to explain the past or a phenomenon through magical/supernatural/paranormal means. The story of Icarus is an example.
  • A  legend is more a more historical and realistic version of a myth. Legends often reflect the morals and values of a culture at the time it was written and they tend to follow a family or a hero over long periods of time. Beowulf is an example.
  • A folktale or a fairy tale has many versions that change from one region to the next and often has morals and magical/supernatural/paranormal elements. They tend to be more whimsical and poetic than legends and myths. Little Red Riding Hood is an example.
  • An urban legend is like a big rumor that may have a moral. They may or may not contain magical/supernatural/paranormal elements and are often used to frighten audiences.

However, in some places myths, legends, and folktales may blend into one another, may change status, or may be fluid and move between all the categories.

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Haunted History Time!
If you like haunted historic places & things then this is for you! It’s a list of links to most of the haunted history posts I’ve made over the past few years. Also, from now until Halloween, I’ll be posting at least one new haunted historic place or thing per day. I hope you enjoy & let me know if you have any haunted history requests? Thanks for following & Happy Early Halloween!

The Real Dracula’s Castle and yes, it’s haunted!

Ireland’s Gate to Hell: Oweynagat (The Cave of Cats)

The Medieval Vampire Pirate Mayor of Sozopol

The Black Shuck of Peddars Way, Norfolk

17th Century Pendle Witch’s Cottage with a Bricked-in Mummified Cat

Ghosts of Dunnottar Castle

Witch Bottle, England, Circa 16th-17th Century

Witch Protection Sign in Colchester Castle, Essex

Paranormal Phenomena at Berry Pomeroy Castle

Ghosts and Death Omens at Brodick Castle

The Haunting of Hermitage Castle

Irish turnip Jack-o’-lantern, Early 20th Century

Haunted Inchdrewer Castle

Paranormal activity in the Roman Colosseum

Crook of Devon Witch Trials & Tullibole Castle

Sir Walter Scott and the Baldoon Castle Ghost

Haunted Borthwick Castle

The Black Dog of Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland

The Ghost of Wicked Jimmy, The Gloomy Earl of Lowther Castle

The Ghostly Hound of Barnbougle

Phantom Hitchhiker at Nunney Castle, Somerset

Melrose Abbey: Vampires, Wizards and Ghosts…oh my!

Haunted and Cursed Edinample Castle

Haunted Menzies Castle

The Phantom Horse of Old Castle Lachlan

The Vampire of Alnwick Castle

Ghosts of Dunstanburgh Castle

Haunted Spynie Palace

Ghosts & Omens at the Wine Tower, Kinnaird Head

The Ghost of Queen Katherine Parr at Sudeley Castle

Haunted Glamis Castle

Dunskey Castle Ghosts

The Ghost of Barcaldine Castle, Scotland

The Ghosts of Bamburgh Castle

The Two Ghosts of Ardvreck Castle

Schiehallion - The Fairy Mountain

The Ghost of Ackergill Tower

Bunchrew House & Ghost

The Ghost of Rait Castle

The Witch Tree

Haunted Knock Castle, Isle of Skye

Loch Leven Castle and Mary, Queen of Scots

Ghosts and Legends of Ardvreck Castle and Calda House

Doonagore Castle and The Haunted Beach

Duffus Castle: Ghosts and a Big Cat

The Last Witch’s Tree

The Green Lady of Crathes Castle

Egyptian Effigy ‘Voodoo’ Doll, C. 3rd-4th Century AD

Hecate, the goddess of… Trick or Treating?

Coligny (Celtic) Calendar, the Origin of Halloween

(P.S. I have no idea why this is showing up as all caps on my permalink, sorry about that. I’m not yelling at you, I promise. It looks normal on my dashboard though.  I can’t seem to fix it. Ugh. Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the haunted history!)

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Over the Garden Wall Myths and Symbolism Master Post

So I don’t know if anyone has done this yet or not, but I thought it would be a useful thing for myself and anyone else as reference. Here you’ll find all the cool myths and symbols fans have gathered so far for Over the Garden Wall, plus sources for more information on the myths if you want to check them out yourself.

I don’t accredit any of these findings to myself, they are all from some very knowledgeable fans that I am most grateful to. 

Also if anyone wants to add to this master-list, please let me know of your findings, or reblog and add your finds!

Under the cut of course~

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More posts can be found here. We’re currently seeking writers. If you’re interested refer to the articles on here and submit us a sample. 

Everything you know about Ebola is wrong

There’s a lot of misinformation out there. Here’s the scoop on a few of the myths circulating about this viral disease. 

1. Ebola has killed a lot of people.

Ebola has a high fatality rate, killing many people who are infected with the virus, but there still haven’t been very many deaths from Ebola overall. It’s caused approximately 4000 infections and 2400 deaths since the first outbreak was recorded in 1976. That’s an average of 64 people per year over 38 years. In contrast, malaria kills more than 600,000 people every year, or about 68 people per hour. Ebola is exotic, frightening and headline-worthy when the virus surfaces in humans, but it’s not even a blip on the list of the world’s most important killers. If you want to worry about a cause of death, look to car accidents, influenza or even lightning strikes — all are bigger worldwide killers than Ebola.

Where it comes from, when it’s been in the U.S. and more