Myth, Lore and Legends of Death Discussions (36)

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Death and mortality

Death comes even to kings.From the Roxburghe Ballads (1847). University of Victoria Library. The many plagues which decimated England a…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 Feb 4, 2011


Death penalty has very old roots; in fact, there is evidence of its application even in peoples such as Babylonians, ancient Egyptians, Gre…

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0 Feb 4, 2011

The Trow - a Spirit of the Dead?

he trows' inclination to become more active, and dangerous, at midwinter - particularly Yule - has clear parallels to the ancient belief th…

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11 Feb 2, 2011
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Alas, poor Yorick

  The imagery and themes of the Dance of Death are central to the graveyard scene in Hamlet. As Hamlet talks with the gravedigger, various…

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1 Jan 31, 2011
Reply by Lady Boru

"The House of Mourning"

  "The House of Mourning" Victorian Mourning & Funeral Customs in the 1890s   BEFORE THE FUNERAL: The manner of caring for the dead is…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 Jan 30, 2011

The Customs of Death Copyright © Sigurd Towrie, 1996-2011

"The mills grind slowly. The heavy stones turn, we are ground into dust, even while we draw breath....The quernstones of sun and earth."Geo…

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1 Jan 30, 2011
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In premodern China, the great majority of people held beliefs and observed practices related to death that they learned as members of famil…

Started by SunKat

0 Nov 28, 2010

Death (Personification)

Death as a sentient entity is a concept that has existed in many societies since the beginning of history. In English, Death is often given…

Started by SunKat

0 Aug 30, 2010


Death has inspired some of the world's most imposing and monumental architecture. Two of the seven wonders of the ancient world were tombs:…

Started by SunKat

0 Jul 24, 2010

Archaeologists Find Door To The Afterlife

Archaeologists have unearthed a 3,500-year-old door to the afterlife from the tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official near Karnak temple i…

Started by SunKat

0 Apr 9, 2010




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Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

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After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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