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Mythology, Folklore, Folktales, Legendary Characters & Stories

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Eyewitness Companion: Mythology
Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore
Part of Salem Literature. Includes Heroes and Heroines and World Mythology. Freely available to members of Thrall.
Eyewitness Companion: Mythology
"Originally told to explain the mysteries of the world - such as creation, divine will, fertility, death, and love - myths are a major part of many cultures throughout the world, and each area has its own myths. This book is organized by geographic region, and each myth is placed within the civilization's history and context. The key elements of world mythology, such as the hero, his divine connection, the labyrinth, the initiation, and the transformation,are explored in boxes and features throughout the book." Available to members of Thrall.


Creation Stories Creation Myths - Accounts of the Origin of the World
Ancient History: Creation Stories
Greek, Norse, From About.com.
The Big Myth: Creation Stories from around the World
Animated editions of creation myths. Requires the Adobe Flash plugin. After the introduction, click on a region on the map to view the creation myth for that region.
Creation Myths
African, Asian, Australian, Aztec, Babylonian, Egyptian, Finnish, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Inca, Indian, Mayan, Middle Eastern, Native American, Norse, North American, Persian, Polynesian creation myths. From Mythome.org.
Cosmogony
Creation myths (cosmogonies) and stories from various cultures around the world. From the Catholic Encyclopedia.
Creation Myths
Numerous yet brief summaries of creation stories worldwide. From Wikipedia. Please note Wikipedia's disclaimers.
Encyclopedia Mythica:

Myths, Legends, & Folklore
The Age of Fable, or Beauties of Mythology
Online edition of book by Thomas Bulfinch. Search or browse. Sections include: Stories of Gods and Heroes, King Arthur and his Knights, The Mabinogeon, Hero Myths of the British Race, and Legends of Charlemagne. Provided by Bartleby.com.
American Folklore
"This folklore site contains retellings of folktales, myths, legends, fairy tales, superstitions, weatherlore, and ghost stories from all over the Americas." Includes United States, Mexico, Canada, African-American, Asian-American, European-American, Latin American and Native American. Created as part of a graduate study at Rutgers.
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Nearly 20,000 entries about various words and their origins, literary and Biblical characters, myths, legends, symbols, literature and literary allusions, folklore, history, and more.
The Camelot Project
A vast archive of original Medieval and Modern texts as well as scholarly works about King Arthur, Arthurian lore, Camelot, and the Holy Grail. Provided by the University of Rochester.
Classical Mythology
From the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, this website shares myths from around the world about the Earth, Moon, Stars and Constellations, as well a brief descriptions of gods and goddesses from classical mythology.
Encyclopedia Mythica
This expansive database of myths and legends contains entries on various mythological stories and characters from Aboriginal, African, Aztec, Basque, Celtic, Chinese, Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Haitian, Hindu, Inca, Islamic, Japanese, Judaic, Korean, Latvian, Mayan, Mesopotamian, Native American, Norse, Persian, Polynesian, and Roman mythologies. Search or browse by a specific mythology.
Folk Tales: Stories from the Peace Corps Countries Around the World
Read and listen to folk tales from Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Asia & the Pacific Islands, and Latin America & the Caribbean. From PeaceCorps.gov.
Folklore and Superstitions
Articles include "9 Legends of American Folklore" and others such as "How Conspiracy Theories Work," "How Friday the 13th Works," and "Why Is April 1 a Day to Celebrate Foolishness?" Provided by How Stuff Works.
Folktexts
"A library of folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology." Includes full text for most stories. From the University of Pittsburgh.
GodChecker.com
Browse or search. Information on African, Australian, Aztec, Caribbean, Celtic, Chinese, Egyptian, Finnish, Greek, Incan, Indian, Japanese, Mayan, Mesopotamian, Middle-Eastern, Native American, Norse, Oceanic, Roman, Slavic And Baltic, South-East Asian, South American, and Tibetan gods and goddesses, as well as Christian Saints.
The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer
Search or browse the abridged edition of this classic study of myths, legends, and folklore. Text provided by Bartleby.com.
Greek Mythology Pathfinder
Designed to help you find information about Greek mythology and mythological characters using the Internet and/or your local public library.
The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales (Grimms' Fairy Tales)
Full text for most stories. From the University of Pittsburgh.
Infoplease: Mythology
Sections include: American Folklore, Ancient Greek Literature and Mythology, Egyptian Mythology, Greek and Roman Mythology, Heroes in Greek Mythology, Monsters in Greek Mythology, Norse Mythology, The Nine Muses, The Olympian Gods and Goddesses, and The Twelve Labors of Hercules.
Myth of the Hero
Overview. From the International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis at enotes.com.
In Search of Myths and Heroes
Interesting facts about mythology with a focus on four myths: Jason and the Golden Fleece, King Arthur, the Queen of Sheeba, and Shangri-La. From PBS.
The Joseph Campbell Foundation
The official website of the most famous contemporary scholar and writer of mythology. Includes information about the author's life and works (in and out of print), themes such as "the hero's journey" and "follow your bliss," the MythNow blog, quotes and selections from interviews. Free registration also extends access to an online community, the Mythological Resources databases, essays by the author, and other downloads at this website.
King Arthur
Arthurian legend, including Camelot, the Knights of the Round Table, and the Quest for the Holy Grail. In additio to timelines, full text literary works on the history on King Arthur, there are multiple illustrations and related articles.
Mythic Resources
A collection of articles on mythology (and contemporary applications of mythical ideas, particularly in modern films), interviews, poetry, photographs, and more. Provided by the Center for Story & Symbol.
Mythology Names
Meanings of characters' names from world myths. Provided by BehindTheName.com.
World Myths and Legends in Art
This website, provided by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, examines mythology and the use of mythical symbols (symbolism) in art from around the world and throughout history. You can browse by theme or culture. Photographs of actual artifacts and artistic pieces are provided along with explanations. Also included: "What is Myth?", a glossary, suggested titles for further reading, and downloadable curriculum materials for teachers.
World of Tales
Includes Folktales, Fairy Tales, Fables, Audio Fairy Tales, Animated Fairy Tales, Other Stories. Most of the content is from Project Gutenberg.
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