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Could the real Geillis Duncane please stand up

If you've read Diana Gabaldon's Cross Stitch series or watched its television adaption, Outlander, then you'll be familiar with the character Geillis Duncane, who was in fact a real person accused of Witchcraft. In the small Scottish village of Trenent, Geillis Duncane worked as a housemaid for the town's Deputy Bailiff, David Seaton.  She was [...]

Scythe of Cronus

The Scythe of Cronus was a stone Scythe gifted to the Titan Cronus by his mother Gaia, in order to bring about the fall of Uranus as revenge for hiding Gaia's children from her. Cronus used the Scythe to castrate Uranus before the injured god disappeared. Later it would be Zeus who would use Cronus's [...]

Guess What? Halloween is more Christian than Pagan

I'm going to put this up for 2 reasons. 1- Every year I argue (and argue and argue) that Halloween is NOT a holiday that originated in America, and 2) I struggle greatly with not bursting into a lecture when someone tells me that Halloween is pagan and has nothing to do with the Christian [...]

King Scorpion I of Upper Egypt, 32nd C. BC.

King Scorpion I is one of two Scorpion King's from the pre-dynastic period of Egypt who ruled during the 32nd century BC. Here are 7 facts about a ruler that there is still so little known about. 1- Scorpion I is said to be the first true ruler of Upper Egypt and that his unification [...]

Songs for the dead…Keeners

"Keeners were the women of rural Ireland who were traditionally paid to cry, wail and sing over the bodies of the dead at funerals and wakes...The custom of keening had all but vanished by the 1950's as people began to view it as primitive, old-fashioned and uncivilised." Songs for the dead...  a 30 minute radio [...]