meeting myths & folklore while travelling

© Rohan Reilly

 I travel. I listen to stories. I collect them.

I am a wondering historian, visiting people and places where fascinating myths and legends are remembered.

I feel it’s time to make a multilingual web page to share these stories.

That’s all. No big reason.


Explore Myths and Legends around the world

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As you explore bizarre and interesting stories about PEOPLE, PLANTS and PLACES, please remember that all of them were preserved so they could be used over and over again, feel free to share and download.


“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Philip Pullman

A spark of curiosity or a pressing question, the desire to learn more about the culture that gave rise to a myth, draws me seek out others whose knowledge and passion can deepen my own understanding and appreciation of a place. Slowly and attentively I try to immerse in a culture and highlight remarkable places and the people that are linked with them. People do make a place, it is not only the look of the landscape, the art, the history, myths and legends- it is the people. The contacts – fleeting ones usually, not the brushing of the crowd, but those moments when just for an instant I feel I have come close to the meaning of a place.

I found myself to be a listener of stories, yet not all is narrative. Some moments were more fragments, confusing or obscure; some were just talk about this or that, about everyday life or about nothing at all, and those are deeply cultural moments indeed. But many moments include storytelling, and almost always told over shared food and drink. Some of these I asked to hear, and others people told me for reasons known and unknown. Because communication and conversations – STORIES – really these are at the heart of earthstoriez.



By delving into stories and traditions of local cultures, we can explore the similarities that run through the earth- local history, myths, folklore, legends, customs, proverbs, recipes and songs are a great way of connecting to a shared heritage, and an excellent way of learning about cultures: my own and other peoples. Appreciating how we’re different and how we are all the same, because the passing on of traditions and local stories are intrinsically human, and something we can all come together to share.

© Piero Fornasetti.

We are made out of stories: in all their amazing, stunning, perception-changing complexity, diversity and magic.

English isn’t my native language and I have the impudence to write also in other languages; not often good but for that seldom. Anyway, you will find different writing styles and languages. What you read is derived from my experience and observation, only then I go and try  to deepen my knowledge using books and the www. I’m an amateur writer. Enjoy.

Here are a few of my favorite stories, go read, why don’t you? And thank you.


Memory, Modernity and Identity

INDIA: On the Banyan Tree

On Tree Lore

ARGENTINA | PARAGUAY | BRAZIL : On the creation of the IGUAZU Falls

PARAGUAY: On the origins of MATE

CHINA: On the origins of TEA

TIMELINE: A story of coffee

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7 thoughts on “INFO

  1. leggere questi testi è un pó come sognare ad occhi aperti.. per chi viaggia sa cosa intendo dire, è come sentire di nuovo i profumi, i suoni e le sensazioni..
    Ogniuno di noi potrebbe forse scrivere un libro sulle proprie storie, esperienze e sui propi avvenimenti della sua vita, e forse tutti sarebbero dei bestseller 😉 la cosa importante e dare anche valore a tutto ció, chiaccherare con gli amici, famiglia, sconosciuti o passanti, condividere il vissuto, i sogni e le speranze. Questo mondo è un pozzo di saggiezza, se solo lo vediamo e se solo sappiamo apprezzarlo. Auguro a tutti noi di farci continuamente ispirare da questo stupendo posto chiamato terra.
    Vielseitig und spritzig tanx friends

  2. Qué bonitas historias! Me encanta poder leer leyendas de lugares en los que no he visitado o que nunca me contaron. Enriquecedor y Lindísimooooo!
    Un beso fuerte!

  3. This is a treasure chest full of jewels for personal enjoyment, but it is also a very important site to share because we desperately need better understanding of each other in this world. Different peoples, different cultures have always met and exchanged stories since humans began our first great migrations, slowly and gradually, extended by trading and curiosity. We have all benefited from this mingling and mixing whether or not we realise it or understand the details. But in today’s world, change is faster, people are thrown together with less time for communication and we are made to feel competitive when we need to be collaborative. The survival of us all depends on having our stories heard and listening to the stories of others. Many myths known today have origins going back millennia and have been handed down and passed along over whole continents and across continents – long before social media 🙂 We share vast ancient histories we do not even know but can sometimes feel in others’ myths that are really our own myths, too. Apart from the love of story, I have a special interest in that I am a social anthropologist and have studied the stories of peoples from many countries. I couldn’t agree more with this ‘wandering historian’ that people make place as they make history also. Thank you for gathering and maintaining this wonderful story-place.

  4. Wunderbare Seite. Interessante und lehrreiche Beiträge. Von Herzen empfehlenswert. ❤

  5. I think it’s so important to share stories, as that’s why we travel in the first place.

    From hearing others stories, the direction of my life has changed several times. We often think that it’s important to find stories from interesting people, quoting things that famous people have said, but in all this we forget that everyone has such a unique and interesting story, though it’s just generally not heard. I am yet to meet someone without an interesting life.

    As I meet people on my travels around the world, I hear things that you can’t find in any book or in any quotes, and listening to what others have to say regardless of their age is what makes this life so enriching.

    As someone once told me in George Town, Penang; “it’s never too late to have a happy childhood” and I think it’s important to listen to people’s stories, the same way we did with awe and wonder when we were children.

  6. Very interesting storieZ, and good translation work!

  7. Se dimentichiamo le nostre leggende, temo che dovremmo chiudere una porta importante all’immaginazione ~ James Christense
    Divulgare Storie é aprirsi al dialogo, é vivere pienamente e con leggerezza la nostra quotidianità.
    Grazie per questo grande patrimonio dell’umanità.

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