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Aspis: The Two-Legged Dragon #folklore

Who doesn’t like dragons? I’ve done a post about dragons before, but somehow missed out on the Aspis. Folklore [sources] The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures by John and Caitlín Matthews According to the legend and folklore of medieval Europe, the Aspis was a small dragon with two feet rather than the usual four. While …

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Davy Jones: Celtic Ocean God or Psychopomp? #folklore

If you’re like me, you watched the Pirates of the Caribbean movies obsessively to figure out how it all works. LOL. What I really liked was the Flying Dutchman as it touched on folklore from my own country. So for my version of Davy Jones, I’m looking at various folklore — especially as it falls …

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Black Shuck: The One-Eyed Dog #folklore

Among the Black Dogs, I think Black Shuck with it’s one eye is up there under the scary ones. At least for me. Folklore English Fairy and Other Folk Tales by Edwin Sidney Hartland [1890] SPECTRE-DOGS NEITHER Brand in his Popular Antiquities, nor Sir Walter Scott in his Witchcraft and Demonology, mentions spectre-dogs as a peculiar class …

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Oceans, Rivers, Lakes: Water in Folklore #Folklore

Water has always had the way to mesmerise people, so much so that some believe it to hold other realms within it — or the cure to mortality. Folklore BIMINI AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic by Thomas Wentworth Higginson [1898] When Juan Ponce de Leon set forth …

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Aufhocker: The Leaping Black Dog #folklore

There’s not a lot of folklore (that’s not the same source reused in various ways) of the Aufhocker on the internet or even in folklore books. The only original folklore of this creature is in German (and in print books), so I couldn’t access those. But this shapeshifting Black Dog is quite interesting. Folklore The …

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