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These quizzes cover a range of myth groups, but each one focuses on some unifying aspect that can be found across the disparate cultures.
48 quizzes and 672 trivia questions.
1.
  Mythological Kings and Queens    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Mythology is littered with kings and queens and other monarchs, some famous and some not so well known. How much do you know about these mythological monarchs?
New Game, 10 Qns, Joepetz, May 22 24
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2.
  Gods of Fertility    
Fun Fill-It
 12 Qns
Deities associated to various aspects of fertility appear in the mythologies of most world cultures.This quiz is dedicated to gods - rather than goddesses - that have a connection with this essential aspect of human existence.
Easier, 12 Qns, LadyNym, May 18 24
Easier
LadyNym gold member
May 18 24
44 plays
3.
  Weapons of Yore    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
OK, so everybody knows the stories and legends of heroes slaying various monsters and villains...but can you tell me the names of the weapons used?
Difficult, 15 Qns, JTass, Feb 26 08
Difficult
JTass gold member
1729 plays
4.
  Tragic Love Stories In Mythology    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Throughout all mythology there is one constant theme - love. Some people and gods were betrayed, taken advantage of, used and lied to but that doesn't take away the fascination for love in myth.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Phoenix101, Jan 05 16
Difficult
Phoenix101
1780 plays
5.
  I Can't Stand the Rain   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Weather Deities of the World
Playing this match quiz dedicated to weather deities in various world mythologies will require some tolerance for rain and other weather phenomena. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Jun 20 23
Average
LadyNym gold member
Jun 20 23
153 plays
6.
  Faces of the Goddess   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
As a belated celebration of International Women's Day, the Last Ones In offer you a priceless opportunity to test your knowledge of some of the mighty goddesses worshiped by humankind throughout the centuries.
Easier, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Apr 08 17
Easier
LadyNym gold member
1560 plays
7.
  Idiots of Myth and Legend editor best quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many of the key characters of the world's various mythologies were frankly not too bright. How about you?
Tough, 10 Qns, Islingtonian, Apr 20 20
Tough
Islingtonian
Apr 20 20
15809 plays
8.
I See Stars
  I See Stars   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
There are many interesting mythical stories among the stars. Join me on a trip through mythology and space as we visit the characters that inspired the celestial bodies we seek in the night's sky.
Average, 10 Qns, TemptressToo, Oct 23 17
Average
TemptressToo
Oct 23 17
454 plays
9.
  Who's Who: The Wise Ones   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Nearly every culture had/has at least one deity that governs the domains of wisdom and intelligence in its religious beliefs. See if you can match each deity with its corresponding culture.
Easier, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Feb 12 22
Easier
ponycargirl editor
Feb 12 22
306 plays
10.
  Great Legends    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Each of these people from myth and legend have been described as "Great". Can you determine where they were idolized?
Easier, 10 Qns, parrotman2006, Feb 05 23
Easier
parrotman2006 gold member
Feb 05 23
208 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Which of the following is a name (arguably the most commonly-cited name) given to the Angel of Death in Hebrew, Christian and Islamic tradition?

From Quiz "The Personification of Death"




11.
  Icons of Death   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match each of these gods or spirits associated with death to the culture from which it originates. Some of the myths are more modern than others.
Easier, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Sep 08 18
Easier
looney_tunes editor
Sep 08 18
418 plays
12.
  The Mythology of Volcanoes   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Volcanoes have fascinated people around the world since ancient times. Myths and legends were created to explain the behaviour of these fire-breathing mountains - see how much you know!
Average, 10 Qns, NatalieW, Dec 12 16
Average
NatalieW gold member
2563 plays
13.
  Uneasy Lies the Head   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Throughout human existence we've believed in half-humans--creatures and gods whose human body bears the head of another species. Match them up! Some very easy, some hard. The area of origin alongside the name may help you.
Easier, 10 Qns, Godwit, May 31 18
Easier
Godwit gold member
May 31 18
482 plays
14.
  Potent Potables and Mythology    
Classification Quiz
 10 Qns
Cultures around the world and across time have had various mythological figures associated with alcoholic drinks. Some are associated with wine, others with beer/ale, and some with alcoholic spirits. Match each name with his or her corresponding drink.
Average, 10 Qns, stephgm67, Oct 26 22
Average
stephgm67 gold member
Oct 26 22
197 plays
15.
  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Cold, silver and beautiful, the Moon, like the Sun, is ruled by a god or goddess in many different myths and cultures. Can you match these ten moon gods and goddesses with the cultures they come from?
Average, 10 Qns, Kankurette, Apr 20 20
Average
Kankurette gold member
Apr 20 20
299 plays
16.
  I am the Goddess (or God) of Love    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the deity of love with the mythology of a particular culture.
Easier, 10 Qns, bernie73, Mar 05 22
Easier
bernie73 gold member
Mar 05 22
226 plays
17.
  Operatic Non-Greek Myth and Legend   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
After my quiz on operatic Greek myth, here is one on non-Greek myths and legends. Both have been inspired by the "Phaeton Great Opera Book".
Average, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Sep 16 22
Average
JanIQ gold member
Sep 16 22
720 plays
18.
  The Wife's Giving Me Grief   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
As a marriage counsellor, you are faced with ten disgruntled men complaining about their wives. However, their wives are not humans, but are figures which can be found in mythological tales from all around the world. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, doublemm, Jun 05 10
Average
doublemm gold member
1273 plays
19.
  These Eyes Don't Lie   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Eyes and sight are a recurring motif in many mythologies, as shown by the deities and creatures described in this matching quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, May 09 16
Average
LadyNym gold member
712 plays
20.
  My Mother Is...    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
The mother goddess has been revered by humankind since ancient times. This commission quiz looks at just a small number of those mother goddesses worshipped in the mythologies of ancient peoples from around the world.
Average, 10 Qns, SisterSeagull, Jun 04 16
Average
SisterSeagull gold member
306 plays
21.
  Tricky Situation   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For some reason, mythology seems to get a real kick out of figures who pull the rug out from under us normal folks. This quiz looks at ten tricksters from world myth and technically, by some logic, they're all trick questions.
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Sep 04 18
Average
kyleisalive editor
Sep 04 18
270 plays
22.
  Can't Get Over the Rainbow Myths   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A rainbow is such an amazing sight in the sky, it's no surprise there are so many myths about it. This quiz is about ten of them.
Average, 10 Qns, Upstart3, Aug 30 18
Average
Upstart3 gold member
Aug 30 18
207 plays
23.
  Places That Never Were    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Imaginary places that never existed. Do you know them?
Easier, 10 Qns, bjohms, Apr 14 16
Easier
bjohms
6528 plays
24.
  The Nymphs   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Myths abound in numerous cultures, and several of those mythologies mention nymphs. But, how much do we know about those nubile creatures?
Average, 10 Qns, beergirllaura, Feb 15 13
Average
beergirllaura
470 plays
25.
  The Personification of Death   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
For at least 7000 years of art, literature and religious belief people have projected human qualities onto the phenomenon of death - intentions, motivations, emotions and even corporeality. This quiz treats the personification of Death in 25 questions.
Difficult, 25 Qns, xaosdog, Mar 31 24
Difficult
xaosdog
Mar 31 24
4683 plays
26.
Not all creatures of myth and legend are evil and so this quiz takes a look at some of the more benevolent creatures of British myth. You, the player, will need to identify and match each being with its description.
Average, 10 Qns, SisterSeagull, Mar 31 16
Average
SisterSeagull gold member
300 plays
27.
  Myth-taking the Constellations   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many people love to look up at the night sky to see the stars and trace the constellations that they form. Trace your way through this quiz about the stories behind some of these star formations.
Average, 10 Qns, Caseena, Apr 20 10
Average
Caseena
435 plays
28.
  Face It Head-On    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Humans have long believed in half-humans--creatures whose animal body bears the face, head or torso of a human. Match them up! Some are easy, some quite hard. The area of origin may help you.
Average, 10 Qns, Godwit, Jul 29 18
Average
Godwit gold member
Jul 29 18
290 plays
29.
  The Entity   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A demon is usually defined as an evil spirit. Here is a quiz on demons, devils, and other evil beings from different cultures and religions, throughout time and from all over the globe. Forewarning, some of these beings are rather unusual.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, May 08 11
Average
dcpddc478
919 plays
30.
  Who's Your Daddy?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The different world mythologies contain a multitude of gods and their origins. Can you match the gods, goddesses or beasts with their respective fathers?
Average, 10 Qns, kino76, May 13 18
Average
kino76 gold member
May 13 18
308 plays
31.
  Sharp Objects    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Mythology is full of heroes, and many of them wielded swords. Some of these swords weren't just ordinary swords, either; they had magic powers, or were gifts from gods. This quiz is about ten mythological swords.
Average, 10 Qns, Kankurette, Jul 09 19
Average
Kankurette gold member
Jul 09 19
228 plays
32.
  Luck Be A Lady   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is all about goddesses from mythology and religion who are associated with luck, fortune or misfortune.
Average, 10 Qns, guitargoddess, Feb 25 10
Average
guitargoddess gold member
476 plays
33.
  It Was the Best of Mythological Times   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is an author challenge that is going to be about creation myths and heavenly myths, some in ancient religions and philosophies and some in modern ones. After all, these are usually considered the best of times!
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Feb 19 10
Average
dcpddc478
1137 plays
34.
  Gods Of The Night    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The gods and goddesses featured in this quiz are all related to the night or to darkness. You may need a flashlight to make your way through this quiz concerning the myths of various regions. I hope you enjoy it!
Average, 10 Qns, reeshy, Nov 10 12
Average
reeshy gold member
336 plays
35.
  Herbs in Myths and Legends   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Herbs have been around for a long time and appear in the myths and legends of many cultures. This quiz focuses mainly on European (especially Greek), Egyptian and Indian myths and legends.
Tough, 10 Qns, cyberhen, May 22 21
Tough
cyberhen
May 22 21
1030 plays
36.
  Epic Heroes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some cynics will argue that the concept of an epic hero is outmoded. I think that, at the least, heroes provide insight about the cultures that birthed and revered them. Here are ten epic heroes from around the world.
Average, 10 Qns, Jdeanflpa, Aug 27 18
Average
Jdeanflpa
Aug 27 18
259 plays
37.
  Damaging Demons    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will focus on demonic creatures and evil deities from various cultures on Earth.
Average, 10 Qns, RedHook13, Oct 06 20
Average
RedHook13 gold member
Oct 06 20
235 plays
38.
  'O' My God..    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
OMG! There have been many deities over the centuries whose names begin with the letter "O". How many do you know?
Average, 10 Qns, Lalenya, Mar 17 13
Average
Lalenya gold member
534 plays
39.
  Eyes...Windows to the Soul?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Most of the world's cultures have myths and legends involving eyes. Here is just a smattering of these tales.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Nov 24 12
Average
dcpddc478
552 plays
40.
  Blacksmiths of Myth and Legend   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This quiz treats blacksmiths of myth and legend from around the world.
Difficult, 20 Qns, xaosdog, Feb 26 08
Difficult
xaosdog
955 plays
41.
  A Prayer in the Night    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
While on your whirlwind tour of the world, you'd be remiss not to visit some of the local landmarks in the nighttime. Of course, for that, you'll need protection, and these gods of the night would be happy to oblige.
Tough, 10 Qns, daBomb619, May 22 13
Tough
daBomb619
308 plays
42.
  Man, Myth & Magic: Wands    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
As symbols of authority, the wand and the rod can be traced back to the staff of the priest kings and magician healers of antiquity. All materal is from the "Man, Myth & Magic" encyclopedias. How much do you know about the history of the wand?
Tough, 10 Qns, joaniem, Jan 30 22
Tough
joaniem
Jan 30 22
425 plays
43.
  Cauldrons and Wells in Norse and Celtic Myth    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A mystique surrounds cauldrons and wells in Norse and Celtic myth. Indeed, there is striking similarity between the mystic significance of the cauldron and that of the well. This quiz tests knowledge of tales involving cauldrons and wells of "power."
Difficult, 10 Qns, xaosdog, Feb 26 08
Difficult
xaosdog
599 plays
44.
  Divine Retribution    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Throughout history there have been stories of mortals angering the gods, and gods angering the gods. How well do you know these stories? This covers mythologies from around the world.
Difficult, 10 Qns, xylian, Feb 26 08
Difficult
xylian
829 plays
45.
  Mythological Goddesses: Worldwide    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Following are 10 questions about various goddesses who are an integral part of the Pagan tradition.
Tough, 10 Qns, ravenskye, Feb 26 08
Tough
ravenskye
1664 plays
46.
  Name the Goddess    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will test your knowledge of Goddesses. Have fun with it.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Tatiangel, Feb 26 08
Difficult
Tatiangel
798 plays
47.
  Great Women in Mythology    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The title sums it up - Throughout mythology there have been some tough, strong, loyal and brave women and this quiz will show you my personal favourites. Can you guess who is who from my descriptions? :)
Tough, 10 Qns, Phoenix101, Jan 13 21
Tough
Phoenix101
Jan 13 21
1662 plays
48.
  Patricide or Regicide?    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
The quiz is based on real/mythical characters who killed their own fathers, who also happened to be kings. In some cases, there are contradictory rumours; I have stuck to the 'official' versions.
Tough, 5 Qns, ace_sodium, Feb 26 08
Tough
ace_sodium
826 plays
49.
  Myths - Fertility And Cultivation    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Covers a range of different myths throughout the world.
Tough, 10 Qns, Zargo, Jun 28 12
Tough
Zargo
673 plays
50.
  Legendary Weapons!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Weapons shape eras and destroy epochs! Here is a quiz on the weapons which are more famous than the famed mythological heroes who wielded them. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Shravan1, Dec 07 09
Average
Shravan1
565 plays
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Mythology: Something in Common Trivia Questions

1. According to Irish legend, what was associated with hearing the scream of a banshee?

From Quiz
Damaging Demons

Answer: A family member had died or was about to die

Hearing the scream of a banshee in the Irish countryside meant that someone in the family had died or would soon die. Reports of banshees were recorded as early as the 14th century A.D. The name banshee was derived from an Old Gaelic expression "ben síde" which translates to "woman of the fairy mound". There have been various physical descriptions of banshees. Some people described them as having white dresses with red hair, silver dresses with grey hair or green dresses with white hair. It is said that the eyes of banshees eyes were red from their constant screaming and weeping.

2. Which Norse God, known for being a sly shapeshifter, has a name which scholars believe takes its root from the Germanic word for 'loop' or 'knot'?

From Quiz Tricky Situation

Answer: Loki

Although Loki's lineage in Norse mythology is a bit hazy due to various inconsistencies in old texts, he's certainly one of the most popular; you'd probably remember him in a top five list of Norse Gods. It's not hard to see why, since Loki's tales of trickery are common. Able to shift his form at will, Loki is sly and cunning, often creating problems for mortals and gods alike, often for his own amusement. Although the Loki of the Marvel comic book series "Thor" (and, yes, "The Avengers") is said to be adopted by Odin, there is no mention of that in the true mythology.

3. Norse mythology thought of the rainbow as a burning bridge in the sky between the earth and the home of the gods. What did they call it?

From Quiz Can't Get Over the Rainbow Myths

Answer: Bifröst

Bifröst was said to be a burning or shimmering bridge that joined Midgard, or earth, with the realm of the gods, Asgard. The bridge ended up at the home of Heimdallr, the god who was looking out for the onset of Ragnarök, when it was prophesied that Bifröst would be destroyed. Fólkvangr was a meadow ruled over by Freyja where some humans went who died in combat. Yggdrasil was the holy tree connecting the worlds.

4. Japan's epic hero and historical figure uniquely wrote his own epic! The Imperial Navy named a giant battleship after him in World War II. Can you identify this samurai poet, musician, philosopher and warrior?

From Quiz Epic Heroes

Answer: Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi (often just called Musashi), is the only epic hero to write his own story. He finished "The Book of the Five Rings", a remarkable mix of philosophy and autobiography, just before he died in 1645. He lived from 1584 to 1645, in the flower of the samurai culture under the shoguns. Eisaku Sato was Japan's first Nobel Peace Prize winner. Hideki Tojo drove Japanese aggression in World War II. Toshiro Mifune was likely Japan's greatest actor. He portrayed Musashi in a superlative trio of 1950s films by Hiroshi Inagaki.

5. Heimdall, a Norse god, is described as having golden teeth and exceptionally keen sight and hearing. He watches over the Bifröst in preparation for Ragnarök, the final destruction of the world. Who is his father?

From Quiz Who's Your Daddy?

Answer: Odin

Heimdall has the unusual distinction of being born from nine mothers with Odin as his father. Not only does he have spectacular sight and hearing, but he possesses foreknowledge too. He lives in Himinbjörg, or the Sky Cliffs, which is situated at the top of the Bifröst. At the advent of Ragnarök, Heimdall will sound the Resounding Horn, Gjallarhorn, to warn of the arrival of the frost giants. The various gods and creatures will kill each other and the land will descend into the water. The world will then be reborn and Baldur, who was killed as a result of Loki's deception, will return from the underworld. Two mortals will survive and creation will take place all over again.

6. Although many cultures have similar beings in their lore, nymphs come to us from which culture's mythology?

From Quiz The Nymphs

Answer: Greek

Nymph-like creatures exist in the mythology of many other cultures. However, popular opinion is that they originated with the Greeks. An integral part of Greek mythology, nymphs were mentioned in relation to Zeus, Helios, Hera, Apollo and most of the other Gods, as well as mere men. They were always female, and if they were not inhabiting a particular location, such as a river or forest, they were attendant upon more important deities, such as Artemis, Demeter or Dionysus.

7. This Greek wine goddess has a name that sounds similar to a Greek word meaning "lover of wine" that has made its way into English dictionaries. Can you name her?

From Quiz 'O' My God..

Answer: Oenothea

Oenothea is, appropriately, associated with home, innkeeping, and hospitality. She is known as a dispenser of immortality. No wonder those under the influence of wine tend to think themselves immortal!

8. In which South Asian religion, often called the oldest living major religion, would you find flesh eating demons called Pishacha?

From Quiz The Entity

Answer: Hinduism

Hinduism has roots in the Vedic religion that was prevalent in Iron Age India. This religion has many beings that could be called demons. Pishacha are believed to haunt places associated with death and are believed to be able to change appearance as needed. They are usually described as male entities that have prominent red eyes which glow in the dark. Bulging veins and very dark skin add to their terrifying appearance. They are thought to have the ability to possess a person causing a variety of maladies including insanity. Offerings are made to the Pishacha during various celebrations and rites in order to gain protection.

9. Jason and the Argonauts sought the Golden Fleece of a ram. What constellation represents this ram?

From Quiz Myth-taking the Constellations

Answer: Aries

The four constellations that comprise Argo, the ship, are nearby. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac. Grus is a crane, Capricorn is the sea goat, and Vulpecula is a fox.

10. The primary Roman goddess of fortune, this deity can bring either good luck or misfortune to individuals in many different aspects as she spins her Wheel of Fortune at random. Who might she be?

From Quiz Luck Be A Lady

Answer: Fortuna

In Roman mythology, Fortuna, a daughter of Jupiter, represents the personification of luck, both good and bad, though there are other minor deities also associated with luck. When works of art or literature make mention of 'Lady Luck' (or perhaps 'Lady Fortune'), it is Fortuna (as well as her Greek equivalent) that they are referring to. Fortuna was the original owner of the Rota Fortunae (Wheel of Fortune), which represents the idea that luck is ever changing - with one spin of her wheel, Fortuna can take you from good luck to bad, or vice versa.

11. There are many herbs that are called 'Herbs of Love'. This one is known as Tulsi in Hindi.

From Quiz Herbs in Myths and Legends

Answer: Basil

Latin name: Ocimum basilicum. Tulsi was a Hindi nymph who escaped the attentions of a far eastern god by being transformed into a bush. Basil originated in India, where it is the sacred herb of Vishnu. In ancient Rome it was known as Basilescus and it was used as a charm against the Basilisk or fire breathing dragon. Other herbs of love include lavender, peppermint, savory and clove.

12. In its supernatural context, the wand is an agent of transformation. According to "Man, Myth & Magic", what is a well known example?

From Quiz Man, Myth & Magic: Wands

Answer: The Fairy Wand

The Fairy Wand is a well known example. It is supposed to draw its power from the sun, represented by the star at its tip.

13. Henry Rowley Bishop named an opera composed in 1826 after a character from "The Book of One Thousand and One Nights". Who is this tailor's son, who also inspired the Walt Disney Corporation for a series of animated movies?

From Quiz Operatic Non-Greek Myth and Legend

Answer: Aladdin

Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855) was an English composer. "Aladdin" was his last opera and rather a failure. Ali Baba was a woodcutter who opened the gate Sesame. He fought against forty robbers. Sinbad was a sailor whose adventures are also related in "The Book of One Thousand and One Nights". Scheherazade was the princess who would have invented the stories of "The Book of One Thousand and One Nights". Aladdin was a tailor's son. When he found a genii in a wonder lamp, he started to climb the social ladder and ended up marrying a true princess. Walt Disney Corporation has produced a series of animated movies on Aladdin.

14. Who is the mother of Persephone?

From Quiz Name the Goddess

Answer: Demeter

Persephone is the wife of Hades, god of the underworld. Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty. Artemis is the goddess of the hunt. Hecate is the Greek goddess of the crossroads. She is most often depicted as having three heads; one of a dog, one of a snake and one of a horse.

15. Greece: A satyr challenges Apollo to a musical duel. Needless to say, Apollo won. How did he punish the satyr?

From Quiz Divine Retribution

Answer: tied him to a tree and skinned him alive

Greek gods did not take challenges of their skills lightly. They always won, and had a knack for making the challenger pay dearly for his hubris.

16. From the name of which Roman god is the word "volcano" derived?

From Quiz The Mythology of Volcanoes

Answer: vulcan

Vulcan was the Roman god of fire. Depending on which source you read, his forge was located either on the island of Vulcano (off the coast of Sicily), in Mt Etna (on Sicily itself) or in Mt Vesuvius (mainland Italy). As the mythical inventor of smithing and metalworking, Vulcan was said to have made weapons for the other gods on his forge. Ancient Romans believed that when a volcano erupted, it was Vulcan working at his forge.

17. Which character from classical Greek mythology was so doomed that he managed to marry his own mother?

From Quiz Idiots of Myth and Legend

Answer: Oedipus

If there's been a prophecy that you'll marry your mother, and a woman turns up who's significantly older than you, you'd be a little bit careful, wouldn't you?

18. Who was the queen of the Sumerian netherworld?

From Quiz The Personification of Death

Answer: Ereshkigal

In Sumerian cosmology, the netherworld is the place the dead go when their lives are over, where they eat bread and drink water; (it is also the place where the sun and moon go when they are not overhead). The dead are judged by the gods, and their afterlife fates decreed according to the gods' desires. Utu, the sun, and Nanna, the moon both decree the fate of the dead when they are in the netherworld; in addition, the seven Annunaki (sometimes called the Annuna; both terms refer to the offspring of An but the Annuna may more properly be a set of "fifty great gods" not necessarily confined to the netherworld) are the seven "judges" of the dead. The netherworld is sometimes called by the name "Kur," which either refers to a great dragon whose body became the netherworld after it was slain by Enki, or to the living land itself, or to some variant or combination of these two. The chief personification of death in the Sumerian cosmology was Ereshkigal, who became the Queen of Death against her will. The older sister of Innanna, Ereshkigal was carried off by (or given to) Kur soon after the world came into being. There the dominion over the dead was thrust upon her; ultimately she definitely grew into the role. When Innanna goes to the underworld to witness the funeral rites of Gugalanna, the Bull of Heaven, Ereshkigal orders that Innanna be permitted entry to each of the seven gates of her dwelling; at each, Innanna loses an article of clothing, so that Innanna is naked by the time the sisters are face to face. Ereshkigal herself wears no clothing, and is demonic in appearance. The Annunaki pass judgment upon her, and Ereshkigal renders Innanna a corpse by directing a killing gaze upon her. (Innanna is later revived and freed when Dumuzi/Tammuz is set in her place.) This cycle is surely cognate with the Greek myth of Persephone, although the Greeks combined the elements of Ereshkigal's and Innanna's experiences into one girl's experience; this was probably appropriate since Innanna and Ereshkigal appear to be aspects of (or at the very least foils for) one another. (Innanna and the Annunaki are described above; Uttu is the goddess of weaving, textiles and clothing.)

19. What cauldron was among the so-called Spoils of Annwfn (also known as the Hallows of Britain) and was brought back to Britain from the Otherworld by Arthur Pendragon?

From Quiz Cauldrons and Wells in Norse and Celtic Myth

Answer: Cauldron of Diwrnach the Giant

The Cauldron of Diwrnach has also been called the Cauldron of Llauyntiauc (in the poem "The Spoils of Annwfn" from the 12-13th century Book of Taliesin (Lyfr Taliesin)). It would not boil the food of a coward, but would cook food for a brave man; most of the so-called Hallows possessed characteristics betraying an interest in the worthiness of the possessor of the item. The Cauldron appears to have been the main item Arthur sought when he set out to harrow the otherworld, and is the only one recorded with certainty to have been recovered by him. The thirteen Hallows are usually given as Dyrnwyn, the Sword of Rhydderch the Generous (possessing the ability to burst into flame); the Hamper of Gwyddno Garanhir (possessing the ability to turn food for one man into food for a hundred men); the Horn of Bran (possessing the ability to provide any drink the owner desires); the Chariot of Morgan the Wealthy (possessing the ability to travel anywhere almost instantly); the Halter of Clyno Eiddyn (possessing the ability to provide any particular horse desired by its owner); the Knife of Llawfronedd the Horseman (possessing the ability to carve enough food for twenty-four men); the Cauldron of Diwrnach the Giant; the Whetstone of Tudwal Tudglyd (a sword sharpened with the stone by a brave man would always kill, although a sword sharpened by a coward would remain unchanged); the Coat of Padarn Red-Coat (which would only and always fit a man of noble birth); the Crock of Rhygenydd; (possessing the ability to provide its owner's favorite food); the Dish of Rhygenydd (with the same ability as the Crock); the Chessboard of Gwenddolau (possessing the ability to play by itself; when Peredur set up the board and "his" side lost he cast the board into a lake); and the Mantle of Arthur (possessing the ability to make its wearer invisible).

20. We'll start with an easy one: What was name of King Arthur's sword?

From Quiz Weapons of Yore

Answer: Excalibur & Excaliber

The Welsh name is Caledfwlch

21. Egyptian: Horus, the God of the sky, was often depicted with the head of what bird?

From Quiz Myths - Fertility And Cultivation

Answer: Falcon

Many Egyptians believed the sky was a vast falcon and its two eyes were the sun and moon.

22. City-state with water-circles and ten kings. It disappeared into the ocean.

From Quiz Places That Never Were

Answer: Atlantis

23. In which epic poem would you find the sword Murgleys, wielded by the evil French count Ganelon?

From Quiz Sharp Objects

Answer: The Song of Roland

In the French version of 'The Song of Roland', Murgleys is said to have a gold pommel containing a holy relic, while the German version describes it as a seax (a type of knife wielded by Germanic peoples) called Mulagir. Opinion is divided as to the meaning of the sword's name: 'death brand', 'Moorish sword' and 'valiant piercer' have all been suggested by various translators. In 'The Matter of France', Ganelon is a knight who betrayed Charlemagne, while in 'The Song of Roland', he is Roland's stepfather. Other notable swords in 'The Song of Roland' include Durandal, Roland's own sword; Joyeuse, Charlemagne's sword; and Hauteclere, a sword belonging to Olivier, a paladin and Roland's best friend.

24. Originating in Ghanan folklore, what figure commonly regarded as a trickster is often depicted as a spider?

From Quiz Tricky Situation

Answer: Anansi

Originating in West Africa, but also appearing in Caribbean folklore over time, Anansi is known to be a spider who, through various means, receives powers from the gods to complete odd jobs. Although his actual appearance is hard to pin down, some stories tell the tale of a talking spider, but others personify him as a man with spider-like qualities (including four pairs of legs). Anansi is considered by many to be a storyteller, so it somewhat goes hand-in-hand that he's a trickster as well, weaving stories to get his way and reap the benefits of the gods. It's because of this, perhaps, that many believe he created the world.

25. The Karen people tell their children that the rainbow will devour them and they must not play when it is in the sky. They are the third largest ethnic group, mainly found around the Irrawaddy delta, of which country?

From Quiz Can't Get Over the Rainbow Myths

Answer: Myanmar

The Karen say to their children that the rainbow is a painted demon that will eat them or drink them up. The Karen people have lived in what is now Myanmar for centuries. There are around 5 million of them in the country. In common with other ethnic groups in Myanmar, the Karen have been in conflict with the government. Many have crossed the border to Thailand.

26. Pegasus, the majestic winged steed of Greek mythology, bore his half-brother Bellerephon to slay the Chimaera. He was born of the blood of the slain gorgon, Medusa. Who was his sire?

From Quiz Who's Your Daddy?

Answer: Poseidon

It is true, Pegasus and Bellerephon were half-brothers. Well, probably. Bellerephon was the son of either Glaucus or the god of the Sea, Poseidon, depending on which myth you prescribe to. Pegasus was born of the Gorgon Medusa as Perseus decapitated her. One version of the mythology states that Pegasus was born from the blood that flowed from Medusa's neck. Another version has Pegasus being formed from Medusa's blood mixing with the sea foam. After Bellerephon and Pegasus defeated the Chimaera, Zeus transformed Pegasus into a constellation in the heavens.

27. This primordial Greek god, the personification of darkness, shares his name with a mountain in Antarctica. In "Theogony", Hesiod writes that he was one of the first deities to form from Chaos. What is his name?

From Quiz Gods Of The Night

Answer: Erebus

Chaos refers to the nothingness that existed before the creation of the universe, and first to spring forth from this, according to Hesiod, were Erebus and Night (or Nyx). The brother and sister are consorts, as is common in Greek mythology, and together bore Aether and Hemera, representing the upper atmosphere and the day. The name is also used for part of Hades (the underworld), which was split into various regions. Erebus is the darkest region, through which the souls of the dead pass soon after death, and through which one of the five rivers of Hades, the Lethe, flows. This is the river of forgetfulness.

28. The Eye of Providence, found on the Great Seal of the United States, depicts an eye enclosed in which geometric shape?

From Quiz Eyes...Windows to the Soul?

Answer: Triangle

Often associated with Freemasonry, the Eye of Providence is a symbol incorporating an open eye enclosed in a triangle and surrounded by rays of light. It is interpreted as depicting the eye of God watching over all of mankind. The triangle is symbolic of the Christian Trinity.

29. Oya is the Yoruban war and fertility goddess. What is another phrase that has been used to refer to her?

From Quiz 'O' My God..

Answer: Both of these

A wife of Shango, god of hunting and thunder, Oya is mighty mighty in her own right! She is the goddess of wind, fire, thunder, and earthquakes. Interestingly, Shango is said to have married her after he witnessed her transform from water buffalo to woman; he was appropriately impressed!

30. Peter Binsfield was a 16th century German theologian and bishop, well-known for his authoritative list of demons. According to this list, with which deadly sin is Beelzebub associated?

From Quiz The Entity

Answer: Gluttony

This list, which came out in 1589, was used in association with Binsfield's prominence in the field of witch hunting. Beelzebub is associated with the deadly sin of gluttony. The others on this list are as follows: Lucifer/pride Leviathan/envy Mammon/greed Belphagor/sloth Asmodeus/lust Amon/wrath

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