Dragobetele, the Romanian St. Valentines: a God of Love with nature-bound rituals of celebrating togetherness


I didn’t know too much about Dragobete, but it would be the Romanian equivalent of Saint Valentine. Like many of us, though. I did not know that it is a celebration of Nature, fertility and young love, of romantic pledges, stemming from birds-ancestors. And how much respect there is, in some communities that never forget […]

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The Troll, the slow titan of Norse countries


We have always been fascinated by Norsemythology. Among steaming breaths and frozen mountains like sleeping lazy giants, slowly breathing cold clouds, through ancestral forests, we found some of the oldest and most creative stories that abound in significance today. The agile creatures with their slow-motion walk fascinates us by their mere existence. Fortunately, the respect […]

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Totoro, God of Death in Miyazaki's movie?


Besides the symbolic names appearing in Spirited Away that can be lightly taken, the obscure duality of chubby Totoro from this fantastic movie is worthy of a deeper look. Those who have not seen the film, certain spoilers ahead At first glance, we’d say that this chubby creature named Totoro brings a lot to a […]

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Symbols in "Spirited Away" send us to sex industry


Did you enjoy Spirited Away, this animated story about spirituality created by Hayao Miyazaki in 2001? Well, we did! Especially when we found out a bit more about some of the discrete mysteries the movie enchanted us with. Some sort of Japanese version of “Alice in Wonderland” with a well defined identity. Far from being […]

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The werewolf, from beast to modern alpha male. An ideal of masculinity and terrors of puberty


Being as popular as the vampires, the lycanthropes were being since the world existed and it’s hard to believe that they could have been killed by silver bullets – the silver bullets were invented in the 14th century. The ability to transform into a huge wolf, howling at the full moon, as an hereditary line, […]

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Frankenstein's monster is not a monster, after all


Hip Adams and sensual Eves, zombies who fall in love and flirt old-fashioned, evil creatures bearing the innocent souls – all of these are modern reinterpretations that seduce and draw us to know the unknown, with the same serenity and pure curiosity, again and again and again. From the video games, Lord of the Rings, […]

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