Interesting cross-cultural links

In the Shahnameh, the Persian book of Kings, the most famed weapon is an ox-head mace.

In Chinese culture, the two guardians of the Underworld are known as Ox-Head and Horse-Face.

A tiny link, but interesting should one wish to write a series that takes advantage of many cultures and their mythologies =)

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6 responses

  1. There are indeed lots of funny coincidences like this around. Frazer’s “The Golden Bough” was made of them, as is some of the work of Joseph Campbell.

  2. There’s an Australian horror writer who was going to write a book based on the washer woman legend. Not sure if she’s finished yet. She’d already put 18 months of research into the story, going through various coinciding myths.

    1. I have not heard of this legend, and everything on Google links to Banshees.

      1. I don’t think it’s anything sinister. Washerwomen are just everywhere in history, behind the scenes. It appealed to this particular horror writer because her Washerwoman was going to be the same woman governing terrible circumstances from a position where she was obvious, but totally overlooked.

  3. Oh, that makes sense! In the “Muramasa” video game, when your character has to venture into the Underworld or whatever it’s called, two creatures that appear quite often are these two frightening monsters, and they have a muscular human body, but with hooves, and one has the head of a horse and the other has the head of an ox. That must be why. Those things freaked me out so much.

    1. Guarding the Underworld would require some pretty scary types =)

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