Nowadays a popular Christmas ornament, the Yule Goat was once a Scandinavian version of Santa and, for centuries before that, he was a dying-and-rising deity bringing good luck and fertility to those who celebrated it. Join us as we try to trace back his origins—and resurrect his fascinating history!
Traditional nativity scenes show the Three Wise Men visiting the infant Jesus on the night of his birth in an animal-filled manger. Catalan nativity scenes are somewhat different: they also include a red-hatted farmer, squatting, with his pants around his knees and his bare buttocks exposed. Meet the Caganer, a saintly defecator!
Every great romantic comedy—from The Graduate to Shrek—features a melodramatic “I object” wedding scene. There’s a reason why real life rarely does. It’s got nothing to do with love—and everything to do with law.
A pagan wedding is commonly known as handfasting, but the handfasting is only a part of it. They also include circle closings and Claddagh rings, elemental invocations and off-the-wall vows. Oh, yes, broom-jumpings too!
The first rule about Skinwalkers in Navajo culture is don’t talk about Skinwalkers. Regardless, the story holds a fascination for many non-Native Americans.
An age-old terror, the sleep paralysis demon has tormented humanity throughout the millennia. Today, science triumphs over ancient superstitions, providing insightful explanations for these unnerving nocturnal experiences once attributed to the so-called ‘devil of dreams’.
Everyone’s heard of Batman. How about a bat god? Camazotz was a Mayan deity associated with death and sacrifice whose name translates as “death bat.”
Popeye and spinach have fueled a great deal of nutritional nonsense. One thing is sure, spinach is good for you, but not as much as you first thought.
Ikebana’s resurgence: Japan’s ancient art of flower arranging returns in full bloom. Delve into the beauty and symbolism of living sculptures, as cultural significance takes center stage in Ikebana’s majestic comeback. Discover the intricacies of this time-honored tradition.
Why is there a worm in Tequila? Or is there? Who would even consider a drink with a worm in it and how and why did it get there? Find out all the answers
Meet Lulu Hashimoto, the doll who won a human beauty pageant and developed a huge following as a fashion model and human-like character
The Cheongsam, the epitome of femininity in China was once made to hide the body. Read the fascinating history of the origins of the traditional garment.
The only certainty regarding the origin of the phrase “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” is a mystery and, ironically, mistruths and lies.