Via Under the influence!-Japanese Folktales: The Soul of the Mirror

The concept of animism where objects are believed to have a soul, spirit or consciousness is found in many religions, past and present around the world. The following is a retelling of a story from The Romance of the Milky Way and Other Studies & Stories by Lafcadio Hearn that he called The Mirror Maid […]

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DRACULA – the Novel Nobody Understands

Just a short quote from Dracula (1897) that I rarely hear mentioned and haunts me to this day. Jonathan Harker’s love for Mina is so complete, he would willingly become one of the undead to stay by her side. THAT is the love story so often dropped from adaptations of this classic horror novel.

Chapter 22, Jonathan Harker’s Journal.

“To one thing I have made up my mind: if we find out that Mina must be a vampire in the end, then she shall not go into that unknown and terrible land alone. I suppose it is thus that in old time once vamprie meant many. Just as their hideous bodies could only rest in sacred earth, so the holiest love was the recruiting sergeant for their gastly ranks.”

Via Under the influence!-Welsh Folklore: The Mythical Beasts of Llyn Cowlyd

Llyn Cowlyd is a long and narrow lake in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. According to legend and tradition there were three mythical beasts associated with it; the water horse, the water bull and the Owl of Cowlyd. This work will briefly discuss the myths associated with each of them.

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Via Under the influence!-Japanese Folktales: The Dream of Akinosuke – Ants, Dreaming Humans and the Butterfly Soul

In reality the idea of humans being insect-like in any way may seem absurd except in our dreams. But what if when we return from the dream to the waking world we find evidence that there may indeed be some basis for the idea we actually existed in our dream – what then?

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Via Under the influence! Japanese Folktales: The Tale of Rai-Taro, Son of Thunder

Some people say the gods know little of humans and care little. One of the gods heard this and was stung by the criticism. He decided he would send his son to live with people to complete his education to learn what he could about humans. He would then return and teach the gods the knowledge he had acquired.

via Japanese Folktales: The Tale of Rai-Taro, Son of Thunder — Under the influence!