Shapeshifting
In mythology, folklore and fantasy fiction, shapeshifting, or metamorphosis is the ability of an entity to physically transform into another being or form. This is usually achieved through an inherent...
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The Bloody Truth About Vampires
Vampires are fodder for books, movies, and Halloween costumes. But for hundreds of years, they were scapegoats for disease.
BBC - The people who drink human blood
In many cities around the world, thousands of average people – nurses, bar staff, secretaries – are drinking human blood on a regular basis. The question is, why? David Robson reports...
Trickster
In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphic animal who exhibits a great degree of intellect or secret knowledge and u...
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Werewolf
A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope (from the Greek λυκάνθρωπος lykánthropos: λύκος, lykos, "wolf", and ἄνθρωπος, anthrōpos, "man"), is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapes...
The Bloody Truth About Vampires
Vampires are fodder for books, movies, and Halloween costumes. But for hundreds of years, they were scapegoats for disease.
Headless Mule
The Headless Mule (Portuguese: mula sem cabeça, [ˈmulɐ ˈsẽ̞ȷ̃ kɐˈbesɐ]) is a character in Brazilian folklore. In most tales, it is the ghost of a woman that has been cursed by God for her sins (o...
Kumiho
A kumiho ([kumiho]; Hangul: 구미호; hanja: 九尾狐, literally nine tailed fox) is a creature that appears in the oral tales and legends of Korea. According to those tales, a fox that lives a thou...
Farmer Weathersky
Farmer Weathersky (Norwegian: Bonde Værskjegg) is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Chr. Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in Norske Folkeeventyr.Andrew Lang included it in The Red Fairy Book as "...
The Goat-faced Girl
The Goat-faced Girl is an Italian fairy tale. Giambattista Basile included a version in his Pentamerone (1634-1636). Andrew Lang included a version, collected by Hermann Kletke, in The Grey Fairy Bo...
Lagahoo
In the folklore of Trinidad and Tobago the Lagahoo (or Li Gahoo) is a mythical shapeshifting monster. It is cousin to the French loup-garou and the Germanic werewolf, yet not restricted to the form of...
Kisa the Cat
Kisa the Cat is an Icelandic fairy tale collected in Neuislandischen Volksmarchen. Andrew Lang included an adapted version in The Brown Fairy Book.
A queen had a cat.One day, she lamented that th...
The Enchanted Pig
The Enchanted Pig (Porcul cel fermecat) is a Romanian fairy tale, collected in Rumanische Märchen and also by Petre Ispirescu in Legende sau basmele românilor. Andrew Lang included it in The Red Fair...
The Enchanted Snake
The Enchanted Snake or The Snake is an Italian fairy tale. Giambattista Basile wrote a variant in the Pentamerone. Andrew Lang drew upon this variant, for inclusion in The Green Fairy Book.It is Aarn...
Kelpie
Kelpie, or water kelpie, is the Scots name given to a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland. It has usually been described as appearing as a horse, but is able to adop...
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Tsuru no Ongaeshi
Tsuru no Ongaeshi (鶴の恩返し, lit. "Crane's Return of a Favor") is a story from Japanese folklore about a crane who returns a favor to a man. A variant of the story where a young man marries a young ...
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The Brown Bear of Norway
The Brown Bear of Norway is an Irish fairy tale collected by Patrick Kennedy which appeared in his Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts (1866). It was later included by Andrew Lang in his anthology T...
Leshy
The Leshy is a male woodland spirit in Slavic mythology who protects wild animals and forests. He is humanoid in shape, has a manly appearance and, on some accounts, is described as having a wife (les...
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The Greenish Bird
The Greenish Bird is a Mexican fairy tale collected by Joel Gomez in La Encantada, Texas from a seventy-four-year-old woman, Mrs. P.E.It combines Aarne-Thompson types 425, the Search for the Lost Husb...
Antoninus Liberalis
Antoninus Liberalis (Greek: Ἀντωνῖνος Λιβεράλις) was an Ancient Greek grammarian who probably flourished between AD 100 and 300.His only surviving work is the Metamorphoses (Μεταμορφώσεων Συναγωγή...
Mujina
Mujina (貉) is an old Japanese term primarily referring to the badger. In some regions the term refers instead to the raccoon dog (also called tanuki) or to introduced civets. Adding to the confusi...
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Vedmak
In Slavic mythology, a Vědmák (Russian: Ведьмак; Ukrainian: Відьмак, Vidmak or Polish: Wiedźmin) is a male witch, the female equivalent (witch) being vedma, but unlike the latter, the vedm...
The Snake Prince
The Snake Prince is an Indian fairy tale, Punjabi story collected by Major Campbell in Feroshepore. Andrew Lang included it in The Olive Fairy Book (1907).
A poor woman, with nothing to eat, went...