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Deb Elise Visits an Ancient Site

HydraThere are a ridiculous number of sites I love and visit regularly, but there’s one I find myself going back to all the time.

Encyclopedia Mythica

Here’s the description from the home page:

Please enter the award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. Here you will find everything from A-gskw to Zveda Vechanyaya, with plenty in between.

The mythology section is divided to six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. Each region has many clearly defined subdivisions that will ease your search.
The Folklore section contains general folklore, Arthurian legends, and fascinating folktales from many lands.

In addition, we feature special interest areas to enhance and refine your research. A Bestiary, legendary heroes, an image gallery, and genealogical tables of various pantheons and prominent houses.

To bring our entities to life, we have created an image gallery, where you will find hundreds of images of all kinds of deities, heroes, and strange creatures of every description.

The encyclopedia will serve the serious researcher, the student, and the casual reader with equal success. Come in and enjoy!

I would love this site even if I never wrote a word, but for a writer it’s invaluable.  Mythology presents a universe of rich, high-stakes stories that cut to the core of what it means to be human.  Even the most modern stories echo with mythological themes; and when it comes to writing fantasy and paranormal fiction, there’s no better resource.  Working on Elixir with Hilary Duff, I constantly had the Encyclopedia Mythica open, so I could read up on demons, guardian angels, immortality… even ancient Hungarian folklore.

Ooh… now I’m itching to dive into the site and do some reading.  If this one wasn’t on your radar, I hope you enjoy it.   I’d also love to hear what sites you turn to for research while you’re writing — I’m always happy to add more Bookmarks.

xo,

Deb Elise