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Myths Of Your Country
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32 / M / Australia
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Posted 1/24/07 , edited 1/25/07
Share with us myths or legends of your countrys.

Heres a myth from Australia. The Yowie

There is a town in South East Queensland where it has been reported a strange animal roams free. This animal is rumored to be over seven foot tall covered with thick dark brown hair and roams in the mountains just behind the town. Numerous people have sited this strange creature and many more people have ventured into the surrounding mountains just to catch a glimpse. It is also told that if you listen you can hear the growl of this animal at night. Don't believe me? Go to the town of Kilcoy, a town between Brisbane and Toowoomba, which is situated in South East Queensland. There you will see a statue erected in the shape of the mysterious Yowie. But be warned if you venture into his territory, he may be watching you.!!

Sounds like a big foot myth to me.
Posted 1/24/07
He's in the trees with his head held high
Feet on the ground and head in the sky
He's Paul... Paul Bunyan.

Lets see... Area 51, The Bermuda Triangle, Sasquach, Roseanne Connor, The Thing, Bat boy, the Chupacabra, Whatever is keeping Dick Cheeney alive...
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Posted 1/24/07
Everyone thinks that you can just go to Mexico and have fun and get drunk. Well the fact is that there are laws in Mexico about what age you can drink. The police actually do enforce the rules and you can't get away with everything. So the myth would be that you can do anything you want without consequences in Mexico...
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29 / M / US
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Posted 1/24/07
Dur, best known is vampires, guess where.

For less known to Westerners, how about Miorita (its a ballad):
http://spiritromanesc.go.ro/Miorita%20-eng.html
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^central Europe, what was the poem supposed to be about?
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29 / M / San Francisco, CA
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Well there are also the chupacabras that supposedly eat goats on the Mexican american boarder...I don't know...they are supposed to be really ugly...some people on my floor look like them when they wake up and are in the bathroom getting ready for class
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Posted 1/25/07
Mine has a pretty decent one, El Dorado
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Dorado
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107 / F / Long Beach, CA
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i have a couple...one...in southeast asia....if you sleep with you head too close to the walls (walls made of straw ) there are supposed to be these weird creatures with big heads and funny odd shaped bodies that will bash your head in and drag your body out of the house...two...willow trees are where you could find wandering spirits of women who lost there child...
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Posted 1/25/07
The Phantom Ship
For over 200 years the phantom ship has haunted the Chaleur Bay on the east coast of Canada. Long ago, a greedy, crafty trader and his crew were looking for a more profitable booty. They enticed natives aboard their ship and sold them off as slaves in their home country of Portugal. On a return trip to the new world, they decided to lure more natives. Rumour having spread of the last abduction, the natives came ready. As the ship set sail during the night and the crew went to sleep, the natives escaped and set fire to the ship's deck. The sailors being below deck didn't notice until the flames had consumed most of the upper deck. By the time they knew what was going on, they were trapped and the natives were swimming to shore.
It is told that even today you can see the ship burning in the Bay. Seeing the phantom ship is a bad omen.

Ive had to tell that story a lot at my job at a history museum here. It's the most widely known myth in the area. There are like 10 different versions of the story haha. The town im from is actually nicknamed "the phantom ship town". I remember growing up it was like a warning "dont stay out passed dark or youll see the ship" hehe. ive never actually seen it but ive known a lot of people who seriously believe in it

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There is this Myth in mexico thats reeeally old :3 Its called the Legend of la llorona (thats pronounced with a "y" like yo-yo XD yo-ro-na cuase if it were pronounces Lorona with an L... it would mean that the ghost person talks a lot XD) Well anyway the Llorona is the ghost of a woman who went crazy and drowned her children, so now she walks the streets crying and lamenting, screaming "Ay mis hijooos" That means "Oh my children!" :3 its not known WHERE this legend started but its popular all around the country. In some versions of the story they say that the woman was from the colonial times. Around 1820 or something. But some parts of the story are taken out of the "series of Bad Omens" that the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma whitnested right before the spanish came and Conquered them. One of the ....seven.... (im not sure if they were 7 or more? x_x anyway...) bad omens, was that of a woman who walked the steets of night lamenting her ba fortune :ph34r:
This legend is so popular that in the amusment park Six Flags Mexico, the typical "haunted house" is known as The House of la Llorona. (its lame though it made me laugh i went there the 3rd of december case it was my b-day XD)
Thats about it! hope it was interesting ^_^
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26 / M / England, Berkshire.
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Posted 1/25/07
-England Mythology

Pixies
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/p/pixie.htm

Boggart
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/b/boggart.html

Lambton Worm
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/lambton_worm.html

Verbeia
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/v/verbeia.html

-Wales Mythlogy

Gwyllion
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/g/gwyllion.html

-Ireland Mythology

Leprechaun
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/leprechaun.html
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26 / Martian / Estonia
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Posted 1/25/07
Estonian Mythology:

Most well known should be Kalevipoeg, a heroic Giant who was smart, strong, big, righteous etc,etc, a basic hero.
He was the son of Kalev (poeg literally means son) and Linda, basically he is the promised king that would return someday to lead us or something, he was attacked from behind by German crusaders and killed.
There is also a Vanapagan(old-devil) who is more stupid than malevolent and who is always outwitted by the crafty-Hans.
Other than a few there arent a lot of myths before 1850 and so since the Germans, Russians, Swedish and a lot of other countries had us enslaved for a long time and there was no written folklore before that, so all of that is influenced by other cultures, and the only things i know of are that we used to be very nature oriented ,beliving in the Worldtree ,Air Maidens and a lot of other nature-ish things.

If your bored: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonian_mythology

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Posted 1/25/07
Good one Dularc
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Posted 1/25/07
i don't know any
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Posted 1/25/07
anyone else wants to post some myths?
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