Category Archives: Buddhism

Who You Gonna Quell?

Zhong Kui, known as the Demon Queller, is a popular figure in Chinese folklore, and a very popular subject in art. Indeed, when I searched for information on him, most of the links were to paintings, and many others to … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Buddhism, Chinese, Dreams, Holidays, Japanese, Mythology, Religion, Taoism, Video Games | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hell-thy, Wealthy, and Dead

The expression “you can’t take it with you” apparently dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, but the idea is older than that. Not all cultures have believed this, however. We know that the tombs of wealthy … Continue reading

Posted in African, Authors, Buddhism, Chinese, Christianity, Egyptian, Greek Mythology, Mythology, Norse, Religion, Taoism, Tom Holt | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Please Don’t Feed the Ghosts

Hungry ghosts are a Buddhist concept, but they’ve spread into other East Asian religious traditions as well. The Sanskrit term for this kind of spirit is preta, which basically means “departed.” The Chinese name for them, èguǐ, means “hungry ghost,” … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Chinese, Greek Mythology, Halloween, Holidays, Japanese, Judaism, Monsters, Mythology, Pac-Man, Religion, Video Games | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Save Your Drama for the Yamas

Yama Yama Land: Where Everything Is Different, by Grace Duffie Boylan, illustrated by Edgar Keller – There were several books released in the early twentieth century that were largely imitative of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, both in story and … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Buddhism, Fairy Tales, Hinduism, L. Frank Baum, Music, Mythology, Oz, Oz Authors, Religion, Ruth Plumly Thompson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

There Goes the Sun

I thought I might do something with mythology related to eclipses this week, and this page gives an overview of some such explanations. It was apparently pretty common to assume the Sun was being eaten when it disappeared during the … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Final Fantasy, Hinduism, Monsters, Mythology, Norse, Pac-Man, Religion, Video Games | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Have Seen the Sleeping Knights of Jesus

As I mentioned in my review, Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge fantasies incorporate a local legend about sleeping knights. The story has it that a farmer from Mobberley set out to Macclesfield to sell a horse. An old man near the … Continue reading

Posted in Arthurian Legend, British, Buddhism, Christianity, Comics, Fairy Tales, French, Futurama, German, History, Islam, Mythology, Religion, Television, Urban Legends | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Erlik to Bed, Erlik to Rise

I can’t say I’ve ever come across that much from what Is known as Altaic mythology, which encompasses the beliefs of people from Turkey, Mongolia, and Siberia. Some of it seems to have spread into Finland as well. The evil … Continue reading

Posted in Altaic, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Mythology, Religion, Zoroastrianism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment