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The Myth and Folklore Wiki is a website for cataloging, studying, and celebrating the various mythological and folkloric traditions that have existed throughout humanity. Our goal is to create a website that serves as an open, easy access, and scholarly resource in the study of mythology and folklore. We plan to fulfill this goal by creating accessible, easy to understand articles on both mythology and folklore that are accurate and credibly sourced. Feel free to jump right in and begin adding material to existing articles or create new ones!

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Greek-Medusa Greek Mythology Project

The Greek Mythology Project is a project dedicated to producing high-quality articles pertaining to Greek myth. If you're interested in Greek mythology, start here! You can also browse Greek mythology articles on the Greek Mythology Category Page!

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The Norse Mythology Project is a project dedicated to producing high-quality articles pertaining to Norse myth. If you're interested in Norse mythology, start here! You can also browse Norse mythology articles on the Norse Mythology Category Page!

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The Egyptian Mythology Project is a project dedicated to producing high-quality articles pertaining to Egyptian myth. If you're interested in Egyptian mythology, start here! You can also browse Egyptian mythology articles on the Egyptian Mythology Category Page!

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The Celtic Mythology Project is a project dedicated to producing high-quality articles pertaining to Celtic myth. If you're interested in Celtic mythology, start here! You can also browse Celtic mythology articles on the Celtic Mythology Category Page!

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The Asian Mythology Project is a project dedicated to producing high-quality articles pertaining to East-Asian myth. If you're interested in East-Asian mythology, start here! You can also browse Asian mythology articles on the Asian Mythology Category Page!

Featured Article

Porpoise Sal is a maritime folkloric entity found in legends of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The legend is featured in the books Mysterious Tales of Coastal North Carolina by Sherman Carmichael in 2018 and The Flaming Ship of Ocracoke: & Other Tales of the Outer Banks by Charles Harry Whedbee in 1971.

Cape Lookout and the Shackleford Banks in North Carolina were the sites of the largest shore-based whaling stations south of New York. Between Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks was the settlement of Diamond City, the largest town in the area with a permanent population of around 500.  The entire area was decimated by a hurricane in 1899, which led to the Shackleford Banks being abandoned.  The story of Porpoise Sal is part of local folklore to explain events that preluded the hurricane.

In the 19th century, a mysterious woman washed ashore on Diamond City, North Carolina. Whales fueled the economy of 19th Century America, and Diamond City was the most prominent whaling community in the Southern United States. During this time, whales were hunted to the brink of extinction. When fishermen discovered the strange woman, the only words she spoke was "The killing must stop." After she had been there for several weeks, people began to notice that every morning she could be seen swimming out in the waters. But she was never swimming alone. As soon as she waded into the water, a pod of dolphins would appear seemingly from nowhere and surround her. As spring whaling season approached, the woman became more troubled and kept repeating, "the killing must stop." Eventually, people began to assume she was talking about the whales. One day the woman told a fisherman, "You were warned" and then disappeared. Soon, a hurricane decimated the small town, leaving it completely destroyed. Today, nothing remains of Diamond City.


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