The book “Bushido: The Soul of Japan” was a bestseller in the West. But what did its author – a Japanese economist, diplomat and politician – really know about the way of the samurai?
The mythologies and meanings of water across history and various cultures seem to share some similarities – from its life-giving properties to the flood myth.
An old legend about a knight and a blacksmith, told as a short fairy tale by a much-loved Polish children’s author.
The legend of the sleeping knight, who will one day awaken as a saviour, appears in various myths. How can we interpret it?
Mountains hold a powerful place in the cultural imagination, not only as impressive feats of nature, but also as sacred, foundational sites.
Oren Harman, author of “Evolution: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World”, talks about Daedalus and Icarus, the power of myths, and the role of storytelling in science.
Martin Pollack, the author of numerous books that deconstruct Austria’s dark history, talks about his family’s Nazi past, the German minority in Slovenia, and how history is repeating itself.
According to some fairy-tales, wild springs can give us the water of life. Yet according to other folk legends, water sources can also take life away...
From natural springs flow a sort of mysticism; a keen mixture of their purity and rumoured life-giving properties. Where do such tales come from?
The myths and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans reveal the ways in which they viewed the sun.
Warmia-Masuria is the home of the Polish lake district and a popular holiday destination. Yet among its rivers and swamps – even in the houses of its locals – live all sorts of menacing creatures...
The stork – with its long legs and white body – is recognizable to many people across the globe, owing to its migration between Europe and Africa. In Lithuania, it is more than just a national symbol.
Countless deities exist across the various pantheons of human history; alongside those deities are written manifold origin stories. What might these mythologies tell us about how we view childhood?
World mythology is full of fantastic winged creatures – some bringing terror, some bringing salvation, and some merely playing pranks.
You never know when Lucifer might rear his evil head! Keep a look out with our pocket guide to malevolent beings from across the world.
In the 1640s, the Italian inventor Tito Livio Burattini moved to Poland, where he got to work on designing a dragon-shaped ornithopter. But did his early aircraft ever reach the skies?
The ouroboros, a serpent devouring its own tail, has been a symbol of cyclical renewal for thousands of years. A scholar presents its history across different cultures.