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  • Late Summer Tales of Tanabata

    08/18/2015 2:19:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Universe Today ^ | David Dickinson
    One of the surest signs that late summer is here in the northern hemisphere is the arrival of the Milky Way in the early evening sky....the star-dappled plane of our home galaxy sits almost due south and stretches far to the north. This is also why we refer to the triangular shaped asterism formed by the bright stars of Altair, Deneb and Vega as the Summer Triangle. Two of these stars are the focus of a fascinating mythos from the Far East, and a poetic celestial configuration that commemorates star-crossed lovers lost. We first heard of tales of Tanabata while...
  • Egypt Teen Cries Tears of Blood, Says Touched by Jinn

    04/24/2012 3:08:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Bikya Masr ^ | 13 April 2012 | Pete Willows
    An 18-year-old Egyptian girl who shed ‘blood tears’ claimed she had been touched by jinn, which are ghosts and spirits popular in Upper Egyptian folklore. According to a report in the Arabic language quotidian, Sabea’a, a girl named Dawa’a appeared on Al Nahar Television, to share her experience. She said she had been touched by tribe of about one-thousand jinn. Amr Al-Laithi, a Muslim scholar, recited verses from Qur’an as the teenager fell unconscious. When she woke up after about 20 minutes, she claimed she could not remember anything but was suffering an intense headache. The Muslim scholar explained that...
  • History, Customs and Folklore of Advent [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]``

    11/27/2010 10:06:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies · 1+ views
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | 2003-2009 | Jennifer Gregory Miller
    History, Customs and Folklore of Advent Directions In 490, Bishop Perpetuus of Tours officially declared Advent a penitential season in the Frankish Church of Western Europe, ordering a fast on three days of every week from November 11 (the feast of St. Martin of Tours) till Christmas. This forty days' fast, similar to Lent, was originally called Quadragesima Sancti Martini (Forty Days' Fast of Saint Martin's). The Readings for the Eucharistic Liturgies were taken from the Masses of Lent. By contrast, the Advent season of the Roman liturgy, developing a century after that of the Frankish Church, was a...
  • Renowned Writer of Effendi Dies

    08/18/2010 2:51:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    China.org.cn ^ | August 17, 2010 | Ma Yujia
    Kuang Jinbi, the author of the famous Chinese fable The Magic Ox and Other Tales of the Effendi died from cancer in Zhuhai City at 2:30 a.m. on August 15. Kuang was born in Doumen County, Zhuhai City in 1939. Since his first published work in 1958, he had engaged in writing for several years and created a large quantity of praised literary works for young readers, among them, the fable The Magic Ox and other tales of the Effendi, enjoyed great popularity with children. Kuang combined the aesthetics of Chinese traditional stories with the rationality of Western allegory and...
  • Aboriginal folklore leads to meteorite crater

    01/12/2010 9:59:26 AM PST · by Palter · 17 replies · 968+ views
    COSMOS ^ | 07 Jan 2010 | Aaron Cook
    SYDNEY: An Australian Aboriginal 'Dreaming' story has helped experts uncover a meteorite impact crater in the outback of the Northern Territory. Duane Hamacher, an astrophysicist studying Aboriginal astronomy at Sydney's Macquarie University, used Google Maps to search for the signs of impact craters in areas related to Aboriginal stories of stars or stones falling from the sky. One story, from the folklore of the Arrernte people, is about a star falling to Earth at a site called Puka. This led to a search on Google Maps of Palm Valley, about 130 km southwest of Alice Springs. Here Hamacher discovered what...
  • Iceland's secret? Belief in elves..

    07/18/2009 10:41:47 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 43 replies · 1,876+ views
    TimesOnline [UK] ^ | April 14, 2009 | Bess Twiston-Davies
    <p>Bess writes: Surely Icelanders don't believe in Elves? It's a matter of earnest debate on the New York Mag where John Moody, who lives in Iceland responds to this Vanity Fair article on the country's financial meltdown. The debate centres on this VF claim that Alcoa, Iceland's largest aluminium company had to "defer to a government expert" in 2004 while scouring a potential site for a smelting plant to "certify that no elves were on or under it." The writer, Michael Lewis reports "It was a delicate corporate situation, an Alcoa spokesman told me, because they had to pay hard cash to declare the site elf-free but, as he put it, “we couldn’t as a company be in a position of acknowledging the existence of hidden people.”</p>
  • The Golem in Prague’s Closet

    05/07/2009 12:37:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 1,086+ views
    JTA | May 6, 2009 | Dinah Spritzer
    Just don't mention the golem. According to legend, Prague's most famous rabbi, the 16th-century Judah Loew ben Bezalel, magically made a mute clay being who alternately protected and rampaged through the Prague ghetto where Jews were required to live. But ask Czech Jews about the golem and you most likely will be met with eye rolling and heavy sighs, especially if you’re asking about plans for the upcoming 400th anniversary of the death of Loew (pronounced LEV). “Everyone hates the golem,” said Peter Gyori, a Prague Jew. “Loew was one of Europe's most famous teachers and, sadly, people come here...
  • Life in the 1500's (email I received - relevant as we all may be living this way soon)

    02/10/2009 12:42:17 PM PST · by Grumpybutt · 50 replies · 2,511+ views
    ** LIFE IN THE 1500'S ** The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water....
  • Kenyan Proverbs

    01/20/2009 10:55:43 AM PST · by annalex · 36 replies · 939+ views
    From memory | January 20, 2009 | Annalex
    Kenyan Proverbs The leopard is only as fast as the rearmost of his tail. The wisest man in the village is only as wise as his goats are fat. Keep you kalebasa wet and it will last a long time. The rich man keeps his goats in the barn only so long as he keeps my sharp stick out of his rib cage. The moon is the herdsman. The stars are his goats. The sun is the leopard who is hungry at dawn. My lawyers are eager to send you my many TREASURE. If you talk to women, don't refuse...
  • Sweden's Loch Ness monster possibly caught on camera

    08/29/2008 11:50:50 AM PDT · by BGHater · 23 replies · 667+ views
    AFP ^ | 29 Aug 2008 | AFP
    Sweden's own version of the Loch Ness monster, the Storsjoe or Great Lake monster, has been caught on film by surveillance videos, an association that installed the cameras said Friday. The legend of the Swedish beast has swirled for nearly four centuries, with some 200 sightings reported in the lake in central Sweden. "On Thursday at 12:21 pm, we filmed the movements of a live being. And it was not a pike, nor a perch, we're sure of that," Gunnar Nilsson, the head of a shopkeepers' association in Svenstavik, told AFP. The association, together with the Jaemtland province and local...
  • AP IMPACT: Folk Medicines Contain Lead

    01/22/2008 7:49:41 AM PST · by decimon · 9 replies · 277+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 22, 2008 | MONICA RHOR
    HOUSTON - Maria didn't mean to poison her children. Quite the opposite. Worried about her daughters' lack of appetite, the young Houston mother was merely following her grandmother's advice when she gave the two girls and a niece a dose of "greta" - a Mexican folk medicine used to treat children's stomach ailments. What Maria, who asked that her last name not be used, did not know then, but now will never forget, is that the bright orange powder is nearly 90 percent lead. Fortunately, doctors detected the dangerously high levels of the toxic metal in the little girls' blood...
  • (On This Day In History) June 20, 1893 - Lizzie Borden Is Acquitted of Double Murder

    06/20/2007 8:29:59 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 842+ views
    Crime Library ^ | June 20, 2007
    Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1927) was a New England spinster and central figure in the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother on August 4, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Although acquitted on June 20, 1893, no one else was ever tried, and she has remained notorious in American folklore. The slayings, trial, and the following trial by media became a cause célèbre; and the fame of the incident has endured in American pop culture and criminology. Dispute over the identity of the killer or killers continues to this day.
  • Guinefort: the Sainted Dog of France

    12/28/2006 2:52:50 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies · 899+ views
    Florileguim ^ | Mevanwy verch Tuder de Courtecadeno
    All over the world, threading through a multitude of diverse cultures, and as some scholars assert, perhaps originating in prehistoric times, there has been passed down a legend of a heroic, selfless greyhound[1]. The beloved companion to a nobleman, chief or king, and the guardian of this esteemed person's only heir. And always the story ends in tragedy, with a case of hasty judgment, rash actions, inconsolable regret, and lifelong penance. But, only in Medieval France did this story take such a hold upon the hearts of its people and grow roots so deep into the Gallic soil and soul,...
  • Hunt for Gambia's mythical dragon (problematic to find because people die within weeks of seeing it)

    07/15/2006 2:05:22 AM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 3,121+ views
    The BBC ^ | July 16, 2006
    Hunt for Gambia's mythical dragon A child's depiction of the ninki-nanka on the expedition's blog A team of UK dragon-hunters is on an expedition in The Gambia to track down a mysterious creature known locally as the "Ninki-nanka".Believed to live in swamps, the ninki-nanka appears in the folklore of many parts of West Africa. It is described as having a horse-like face, a long body with mirror-like scales and a crest of skin on its head. Team leader Richard Freeman told the BBC, evidence so far was sketchy as most people died soon after seeing it. Mr Freeman, a...
  • Traditional Corpus-Christi procession in my town - Lowicz, Poland (see colourful picture gallery)

    06/15/2006 9:49:31 AM PDT · by lizol · 27 replies · 5,302+ views
    own pictures | June 15, 2006 | lizol
  • Man listed as Katrina victim was killed by police in Convention Center fiasco

    10/08/2005 6:36:33 AM PDT · by LA Woman3 · 21 replies · 3,053+ views
    WWLTV ^ | 10/08/2005 | Janet McConnaughey /AP
    One of the 73 people listed as victims of Hurricane Katrina was actually shot by police. Officer Ronald Mitchell shot and killed Danny Brumfield, 45, outside the convention center, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed Friday. Police said it happened about 2 a.m. Sept. 3, in the darkness before the National Guard arrived and began evacuating the convention center. A police statement released after The Associated Press asked about the shooting said that, moments after Mitchell and his partner heard what appeared to be a gunshot, a man jumped onto the hood of their patrol car swinging something shiny. It...
  • Do You Believe in Fairies?

    04/28/2005 10:15:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 140 replies · 2,866+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Thu 28 Apr 2005 | DIANE MACLEAN
    IF YOU had asked your great-great-grandmother if she believed in fairies, she would have looked at you askance. Believe in fairies? Of course she did! Ninety-five per cent of Scots continued to believe in fairies right up until the middle of the 19th century. These were not the diminutive, be-winged fairies of 1800s children's books. No, these were strange folk who bewitched you, killed your cattle and kidnapped your wives and daughters. Fairy lore flowed through the centuries, their presence acknowledged in ballads, poems and stories. They came in all shapes and sizes and different parts of Scotland had different...

    10/31/2004 4:16:58 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 1 replies · 336+ views
    10/31/04 | vanity
    This is a Hallowe'en song I wrote many years ago,while camping in the Jersey Devil's pineywood home. (1)Deep in the Jersey Barrens Outside the town of Leeds There lived a lonesome widow- No one to tend her needs. So,one All Hallows Eve'ning When the moon was pale and white She cried: " I'd let Ol'Scratch hisself Come share my bed tonight !" (Chorus) Keep to the middle of the trail,friend When the moon is pale and white And build up the fire at the old campsite- The devil walks tonight ! 2. Ol'Scratch,he come a' courtin'- Kept her dancin'...
  • Acromym Help Wanted for Newbie

    08/14/2004 4:33:37 PM PDT · by LakeLady · 155 replies · 3,054+ views
    self | 8/14/04 | LakeLady
    I have a friend who has recently become an avid lurker and is, I hope, a soon-to-be poster. When I first started lurking there were threads with FReeper folklore, acronyms, definitions and even FReeper photos. Are any of those still around? They were so interesting and of great help to me in the beginning; I wanted to pass them on to our newest newbie. I've looked everywhere I can think of and can't find them. If, as I am wont to do at times, I've had a brain fart, flame away. If not, any help would be appreciated.
  • Southern discomfort

    10/17/2003 12:47:35 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 13 replies · 154+ views
    FLORIDA TODAY ^ | 3-oct-2003
    <p>Some high-falutin' study by the University of Vanderbilt over there in Tennessee says Southerners just ain't what they used to be.</p> <p>Says the numbers of people living in the South who reckon they're actually "Southerners" is in decline, down to 70 percent, according to polls conducted on 17,600 people from 13 states, including Florida.</p>
  • Before science, original tales explained fall's coloring

    09/21/2003 11:57:00 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 15 replies · 838+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, September 21, 2003 | Lillian Thomas
    <p>Before humans used chlorophyll and carotenoids to explain fall leaves, they drew on a mother's grief over the kidnapping of her daughter or the persistence of a group of bear hunters to account for the spectacle of summer green giving way to autumn's fiery blaze.</p>
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....06-13-03....Friday the 13th!

    06/13/2003 5:07:31 AM PDT · by Mama_Bear · 195 replies · 737+ views
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997. Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...
  • Douglas Herrick, 82, Father of the Jackalope, Is Dead

    01/19/2003 11:09:20 PM PST · by socal_parrot · 8 replies · 320+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1/20/03 | DOUGLAS MARTIN
    ouglas Herrick, who gets both the credit and the blame for perhaps the tackiest totem of the American West, the jackalope — half bunny, half antelope and 100 percent tourist trap — died on Jan. 6 in Casper, Wyo. He was 82. The cause was bone and lung cancer, his brother, Ralph, said. Douglas Herrick lived in Casper, but it was in his hometown, Douglas, Wyo., that luck changed his life. In 1932 (other accounts say 1934, 1939 and 1940, but Ralph Herrick swears it was 1932), the Herrick brothers had returned from hunting. "We just throwed the dead jack...
  • Legend of the Flatwoods Monster

    09/12/2002 9:37:37 AM PDT · by itzmygun · 12 replies · 511+ views
    Morgantown (WV) Dominion Post ^ | Sept. 12, 2002 | Norman Julian
    Science still cannot explain fact or fiction NORMAN JULIAN Ever heard of the Flatwoods Monster seen on Sept. 12, 1952, in Braxton County? More on that in a minute. Most of us who have been exposed to science believe in a rational universe without miracles. When something comes into conflict with something else that has been proved by scientific research, we tend to dismiss it or believe it has an explanation that can be attributed to natural causes. So where do unidentified objects or appearances that boggle our logic come in? The movie "Signs," starring Mel Gibson, dramatizes those crop...
  • The Revision of Ancient History - A Perspective

    04/19/2002 12:33:06 PM PDT · by vannrox · 37 replies · 8,089+ views
    SIS - How Historians have now embraced Velikovsky! ^ | Internet Paper Revision no.1 March 2001 | By P John Crowe
    Ancient history as taught today is a disaster area. The chronology of the first and second millennium BCE is badly wrong. The history of ancient history revisionism offered here is drawn largely from the pages of SIS publications over the last 25 years. The Revision of Ancient History - A Perspective By P John Crowe. An edited and extended version of a paper presented to the SIS Jubilee Conference, Easthampstead Park, Sept. 17-19th 1999 [1] Internet Paper Revision no.1 March 2001 Contents Introduction An Outline History of Revising Ancient History - Up to 1952. 2.1 Exaggerating Antiquity. 2.2 The Early...
  • Hatfields, McCoys are at it once again

    04/02/2002 10:24:13 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 478+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4-3-02 | Jennifer Harper
    <p>Perhaps. The Hatfields and McCoys are ready to have at each other again, but with barristers, not double barrels.</p> <p>It was a melancholy Ron McCoy who filed suit last Friday against one John Vance — a Hatfield — down in Pikeville, Ky. Mr. McCoy would like access to the small McCoy family cemetery that abuts Mr. Vance's property.</p>