Category Archives: Etymology

Counting Kallikantzaroi

I found the subject of this post a few months ago while looking for information on fairy lore from the Caucasus (I’m hoping to use it in a story I’m writing, but that could be a long way down the … Continue reading

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Harum Scarab

The ancient Egyptians seemed to have a god for every kind of animal with which they were familiar, some of which were quite prominent and others more obscure. The scarab beetle was a common symbol in Egypt, used for many … Continue reading

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Friends in Grindylow Places

You might remember the Grindylows from their appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which they lived in the lake at Hogwarts. They are an actual sort of creature from English folklore, being particularly associated with Yorkshire … Continue reading

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Etymology in Oz

I bought a few old Baum Bugle issues at OzCon in Portland, and they have some interesting content. There was apparently a sometime recurring feature called “Footnotes to Oz” that explained names in the Oz series, written by Jerry Tobias. … Continue reading

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Seasons Change and So Does Vertumnus

It’s common knowledge that most of the Roman gods were basically the same as Greek ones, sometimes with a few differences to reflect the culture. The Romans did have some of their own deities without Greek counterparts, however. One of … Continue reading

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Burn Me Thrice, Shame on You

It’s known that there are two distinct groups of gods in Norse mythology as it’s come down to the modern day, the Aesir and the Vanir. That is, if you don’t count the giants, elves, and dwarves, who also frequently … Continue reading

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A Shekel a Dozen

It’s well attested that ancient Israel was made up of twelve tribes, but exactly what those tribes were varies from one list to another. Typically, they’re said to be Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Zebulun, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Ephraim, Manasseh, and … Continue reading

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