Psychopomps — beings who guide the soul to the afterlife — have long been part of mythology and folklore, ranging from Hermes to Anubis to birds, bees and even children’s story characters.
The idea that the womb wandered about the female body was prevalent in antiquity, even after it was disproven by some ancient physicians.
Madeline D’Este explores the possible origins behind the common belief that the act of opening an umbrella indoors invites bad luck.
There was once a bright-white cow which travelled round the world, giving milk enough for all comers. Whoever drank of her milk immediately became wise.
No plants feature so often in folklore, in so many places, as fig trees. There’s a biological basis to many of these stories.