Lotus Flower Meaning and Symbolism

With its presence dating back to 145.5 million years ago, the lotus flower is one of the most commonly used symbols throughout the history. It has been a significant symbol for several religions and cultures, particularly Hinduism and Buddhism. Rebirth [...]

Ivar the Boneless, Ragnar Lothbrok’s Son

Ivar the Boneless (Inwaer/Ingvar/Hyngwar) was one of the greatest leaders of Vikings and the legendary commander of the Great Heathen Army. He was the oldest son of Ragnar Lothbrok and Aslaug and had four younger brothers; Bjorn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, [...]

Bjorn Ironside, Ragnar Lothbrok’s Son

Bjorn Ironside was one of the kings of Sweden who lived in the 9th century and was assumed to be one of the founders and the first ruler of the protohistoric Swedish dynasty named the Munsö Dynasty. Bjorn Ironside’s Parentage [...]

Lagertha the Shieldmaiden, Ragnar Lothbrok’s Wife

Lagertha the Shieldmaiden was a Norwegian historical figure and one of Ragnar Lothbrok's wives as depicted in History Channel's TV series, Vikings. She was born in A.C. 795 and although there is no certain information regarding her exact time of death, [...]

What is a Chimera?

Chimera (Chimaera or Khimaira) is a mythical creature which is believed to be formed of three different animals; a lioness, a goat and a snake. Chimera's head was that of a lioness while she had a goat's head on her [...]

Fenrir

Fenrir is the giant wolf in Norse mythology born from the union of the god Loki and the giantess Angrboða. He is therefore the brother of Hel, the goddess of the underworld and the serpent Jörmungandr. The name Fenrir literally [...]

The Furies (Erinyes)

The Furies are the three chthonic female deities of vengeance in Greek mythology. They are also called Erinyes (Erinys) which means “the avengers” in Greek language. The counterpart of the Furies is “Dirae” in Roman mythology. There are several myths regarding [...]

Doppelganger

Etymology The word doppelganger is the English form of the name “Doppelgänger” in German meaning “double goer/double walker”. This word was firstly used by Jean Paul in his work Siebenkäs in 1796 and derived into English later. What is a [...]

What is a griffin?

Griffins or gryphons are winged mythical creatures with a lion’s body, an eagle’s head and ears resembling a horse’s ears. Rest of the physical features differs between the myths, i.e. they are sometimes depicted without wings. Griffins are most commonly [...]

What is a manticore?

Manticores are mythical creatures in Persian mythology that lived in India according to the accounts of the ancient times. The name “manticore” is considered to be a derivation of the word “mardkhora” meaning “man-eater” in Persian language of early ages, [...]

Arachne, the First Spider

Arachne is a figure in Greek mythology known for her challenge against the goddess Athena. According to the myth, she was the first spider of the world who was originally a young daughter of a shepherd known for his beautiful [...]

Mormo (Mythology)

Mormo was a spirit in Greek and Roman mythology that was said to bite children. Caretakers used to scare children with stories about Mormo trying to convince them not to misbehave or Mormo would come and bite them. Mostly Mormo [...]

What is a Harpy?

Harpy: Etymology and Origin A harpy was a partly woman partly vulture creature in Greek and Roman mythology. Harpies were said to be wind spirits originally. Some descriptions defined a harpy to be a woman with a vulture’s body whereas [...]