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.
Puddocky
"Puddocky" is a German fairy tale. A variant, "Cherry," was collected by the Brothers Grimm, and in French, Madame d'Aulnoy retold it in a literary fairy tale as "The White Cat", altering the tale's f...
Foundling-Bird
Foundling-Bird is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, number 51.It is Aarne-Thompson type 313A, the girl helps the hero flee, and revolves about a transformation chase. Others of the ...
Kemp Owyne
"Kemp Owyne" is Child Ballad number 34.
The heroine is turned into a worm (dragon), usually by her stepmother, who curses her to remain so until the king's son comes to kiss her three times. When ...
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...
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...
The White Dove (Danish fairy tale)
The White Dove is a Danish fairy tale. Andrew Lang included it in The Pink Fairy Book.A version of the tale also appears in A Book of Witches, by Ruth Manning-Sanders.
Two princes were caught in ...
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...
Black Bull of Norroway
The Black Bull of Norroway is a fairy tale from Scotland. A similar story titled "The Red Bull of Norroway" first appeared in print in Popular Rhymes of Scotland by Robert Chambers in 1842. A version ...
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Pintosmalto
Pintosmalto is an Italian literary fairy tale written by Giambattista Basile in his 1634 work, the Pentamerone.Italo Calvino included a variant from oral tradition, The Handmade King, based on two tal...
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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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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Cuco
The Coco (or Cuco, Coca, Cuca, Cucuy) is a mythical ghost-monster, equivalent to the bogeyman, found in many Hispanic and Lusophone countries. He can also be considered a Hispanic version of a bugbea...
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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...