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Scotland is the land of castles. For that reason, you might not be surprised to know that many Scottish myths and superstitions are related to them, but what are their origins?

In most cases, myths were born several centuries ago when people was unable to explain what was happening in front of their eyes because they were very scared and influenced by their religion superstitions. However, those legends continues being an important part of our popular culture nowadays.

More than the typical British superstitions, the Scots have got their own ones, so visiting Edinburgh is a good idea if you want to discover the most deeply-rooted myths in the UK. For example, one of the most famous Edinburgh legends is related to its castle. It is said that if a university of Edinburgh student passes through the castle gates, she/he will fail her/his exams. Be careful! Nobody knows if it has got the same effect on other students… Although, if you finally decide to visit the castle, you can offset the bad luck putting a four-leafs clover into your pocket.

Even if you are a superstitious person or not, knowing about myths and legends of other places must show you how people thought in the past and where their currently costumes come from.

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One of the mos interesting aspects in Greek mythology is the way gods are shown. They seem to be like humans because they act according to their loves and hates, but they are immortal and can meddle in the human lives and fates with their decisions and acts. Nevertheless, one of their features that catches my attention is that Greek gods are vulnerable: they can be taken in. There is, at least, a myth that shows it. I am talking about Zeus‘ deceive myth that appears on the fourteenth chapter of  Iliad. Furthermore, another thing I like about Greek mythology is the influence it had on several cultures and civilizations after it.


Roman was the more influenced civilization by Greeks. Since then, there were several myths and legends that have arrived at our days through the Christian religion. For example, the sequence of Greek creation’s myth is similar to Christian one. Besides, Adam and Eve‘s apple passage may have been influenced on Hesperides and Ladon’s myth. They were three sisters deities and it, Landon, was an a hundred-headed snake. All of them guarded the golden apple tree of their garden.

However, Christian religion is not the only one that has been influenced by Greek legends. There is a Scandinavian myth that takes after the story of Charon. It is known as “flying Dutchman“. In both cases, the character was the only person that could sail between the land of the living and the dead. Nonetheless, in the case of Charon, he demanded a price for the route (the way dead people achieved to pay the bill was been put a coin on their lips -or two coins on their eyes, depending on the version- in the moment of their burial). Even, this must have been influenced by Egyptians and their costume of burying people with their wealth. Thereby, as one of the richest cultures and mythologies, Greek civilization as influenced by previous cultures at the same time it influenced on religions, cultures and legends after it.

Last but not least, if you want to know the origin of woman vampires, you must read the Lamia’s myth that is one of the first references about it in literature. She had her children killed in front of her eyes by Hera, wife and sister of Zeus. As a revenge, she got used to killing children and drinking their blood. If Heras had not killed her children, Lamia would have never become a vampire and Jewish could not have used this story to create the myth of Adam’s first wife, Lilith.

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