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  • ... that the demon Maha Sohona, whose head has been replaced with that of a bear, haunts graveyards and feasts on human flesh?


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Miracle of the roses

  • ... that, in the lives of saints, the appearance of roses (example pictured) sometimes announces the presence or activity of God?






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An eight-armed seated woman dressed in a sari, holding a child and various weapons, ripping the womb of a woman, lying on her lap, while trampling a man

  • ... that Tamil Hindu parents dedicate their one-month-old children to the goddess Periyachi (pictured), who is depicted ripping a woman's womb?



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Chhinnamasta

  • ... that the self-decapitated Hindu goddess Chhinnamasta (pictured) standing on a copulating couple signifies that life, death and sex are interdependent?



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  • ... that on every Wednesday and Saturday, the demons of Sri Lanka assemble to give an account of their activities to their king?



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Chamunda

  • ...that Chamunda (pictured), a fearsome aspect of the Hindu Divine Mother, was worshipped by ritual human and animal sacrifices along with offerings of wine?

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  • ... that the demon Maha Sohona, whose head has been replaced with that of a bear, haunts graveyards and feasts on human flesh?



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  • ... that Reeri Yakseya, who is believed to be the most cruel and powerful demon in Sinhalese folklore, can assume 18 different apparitions?



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Revanta



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Prithu

  • ... that according to Hindu mythology, the "first king" Prithu chased the Earth in the form of a cow (pictured), who eventually agreed to yield her milk as all the world's grain and vegetation?

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Putana


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Miracle of the roses

  • ... that, in the lives of saints, the appearance of roses (example pictured) sometimes announces the presence or activity of God?



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Statue of Bochica



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Mythical dog

  • ... that in Mesoamerican folklore, it is believed that a dog (mythical dog pictured) carries the newly deceased across a body of water into the afterlife?



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Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli



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  • ... that in Maya mythology, wayob were the powerful spirit forms of lords, priests and gods?



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Xipe Totec

  • ... that the worshippers of Xipe Totec (pictured), the Aztec god of renewal, wore the flayed skins of their sacrificial victims?



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Mask of Xiuhtecuhtli



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