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IN History & Culture ON 28 Oct, 2015
Mythology and folklore are the myths, especially belonging to a particular religion or cultural tradition of a group of people. They have been considered as the means of indirect wish fulfillment.
Once the two hunters got lost in the woods and coincidentally found a luxurious cottage. There, they found a human heart buried under a firewood. That heart was having hypnotic powers and they brought it with them. And when hunters arrived at an inn, the innkeeper's daughter couldn't resist stealing and eating the hypnotic heart that made her pregnant despite being a virgin.
An enchantress named Ceridwen found the recipe of a liquid with healing magical power that would grant beauty to her ugly son. But, unfortunately, it was first tasted by a servant boy named Gwion Bach which gave him the power to change his shape. When Ceridwen got to know about the happening, she decided to kill him. So Gwion Bach ran to save his life by changing himself from a hare to a fish and from a fish to a hawk. Finally, Gwion Bach dropped from the sky as a grain of wheat, Ceridwen turned into a hen and ate him which made her pregnant.
Once the two important female figures: the Changing Woman and White Shell Woman of Navajo mythology who were also sisters in relation went for a walk and suddenly felt the need of the male companion. Changing Woman laid on a rock and stretched her legs toward the Sun, while White Shell Woman laid in a mountain stream and became the better half of water. As the Sun and water got too happy to constrain them, the sisters became pregnant.
"The Snow-Daughter and the Fire-Son" is a tale from Bukovina. In this story, wife of a childless couple while roaming outside their cottage ate an icicle that fell from their roof and gave birth to a "Snow daughter" who was capable of surviving in a cold climate only.
A sterile princess asked for help from a wise woman to get pregnant. Wise woman instructed the queen to eat one of the two flowers - a red one or a white one. But, she ate both the flowers and gave birth to a snake, who eventually got married and converted into a handsome human prince.
A nymph named Nana once put an almond on her breasts which dissolved and made her pregnant. But, nine months later, she put an end to her weird almond baby, Attis.
King Akrisios of Argos heard forecast about his own murder by the son of his daughter, Danae. So he locked her to prevent her from getting pregnant. But the Zeus, the ultimate womanizer made gold rain which directly fell on Danae and made her pregnant.
Jiang Yuan, Emperor Ku's infertile wife once went for a walk when she stepped on the giant footprint left by the God of sky Shangdi. After some time, she felt a strange sensation and later found that she was pregnant.
The story of "Biancabella and the Snake" of Italy is the very famous mythology. This is the story of Marquis' wife who was once roaming in the garden when a snake moved smoothly inside her vagina and coiled up in her uterus. Evidently, Marquis' wife is known to be world's heaviest sleeper. When she woke up from her long sleep, she found herself pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl, named Biancabella with a snake overlapped around her neck.
According to Aztecs, Goddess named Coatlicue was once blessed with a hummingbird feather that fluttered down from heaven. Coatlicue picked it up, tucked it into her belt and soon got pregnant. Her other 400 children were not happy due to some reason about another sibling and made a plan to kill Coatlicue. As they tried to kill Coatlicue, her womb burst and the great warrior Huitzilopochtli came out with a fully grown body covered with weapons and killed them all.