mythology • folklore & us

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

Visiting people and places where myths and legends are remembered.

I created earthstoriez to preserve and share this heritage.


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I am a travelling for six years nonstop.

Touring, Backpacking, Hiking, Hitchhiking… using local transport, elephants and camels; trains, airplanes and boats.

About four years now I am travelling on motorbikes. Right now I have a Royal Enfield Himalayan under my swollen ass, from countless road and off-road trips.

I am ok.

Over the past 30 years I’ve hiked the Alps, in Switzerland, North Italy, Tirol, Austria – the Andes in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia – and the Himalayas of Nepal and India.

Further exploration has been undertaken in the Amazon of South America, the jungle of Madagascar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the forests of India and the woods of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Fascinated with all things trees collecting treelore and observing wildlife.

I rode a camel in the Gobi of Mongolia and inhaled the sand of the Sahara in Egypt, the Atacama of South America and the Rub’ al Khali in Oman – this dust plain that ebbs across the lower third of the Arabian Peninsula has long been a place of myths: the city of Iram, a trading post mentioned in the Koran, is meant to lie buried under its sands.

The visit to the salar de Uyuni of Bolivia and Chile proved that a desert is not, by default, hot.

And the trip to Kap horn – that I can get seasick…really seasick.

Diving and snorkeling in Indonesia thought me how to wonder : Creatures, so strange I couldn’t even attribute them – flora, fauna or both?

Pristine, candy-hued coral stretching out like a Monet. Forests shooting up from the seabed. There were giants, like whales and mantas and tiny plankton type organisms that shine at night – a dance of bioluminescence; brilliant.

I’ve spent countless nights in the middle of nowhere, usually near a majestic tree, a gentle river, the rough ocean or a calm lake, and my partner has all the mosquito bites to prove it.

Stories of wonder & every day life

Slowly and attentively I try to immerse in a culture and seek out people whose knowledge and passion can deepen my own understanding and appreciation of a place. People do make a place 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 people and the meaning of a place.

Some moments were fragments, confusing – obscure; some were just talk about this or that; about everyday life. Some were filled with myths and legends, some I asked to hear, and few people just told me for reasons known and unknown. Because the passing on of stories is intrinsically human, and something we can all come together to share.

Earthstoriez is a humble attempt to preserve such stories – mythology and folklore.

© Piero Fornasetti.

Mythology • Folklore

Nothing brings us together like festivals do, so I try to be there – celebrating with the people their living traditions.

By delving into stories and traditions of local cultures, we can explore the similarities that run through earth –  history, myths, folklore, legends, recipes and songs are a great way of connecting to a shared heritage, and an excellent way of learning about us – appreciating how we’re different and how we are all the same.


What you read is derived from my experiences, encounters and observations, only then I go and try to deepen my knowledge using scholarly literature, historical papers and reports.

I am a biker, a historian and an amateur writer, do not expect a peer-reviewed academic article.

Languages give us the power to communicate in an attempt to make sense of people and places. English isn’t my native language and I have the impudence to write also in other languages; not often good but for that seldom.

Discover our social side, we are super friendly

Join us and share your thoughts and experiences with the earthstoriez community on

I collect #treelore and tree related art, poetry and books on the socials. Plus I say lots of funny, interesting, things there, I don’t say here.

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

Please remember that myths and legends were preserved so they could be used over and over again – feel free to share and download.


On Tree Lore

Memory, Modernity and Identity

INDIA: On the Banyan Tree

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

PARAGUAY: On the origins of MATE

INDONESIA: Here be dragons- History, Myth and Folklore of the Komodo Dragon

TIMELINE: A story of coffee

CHINA: On the Giant Panda in History and Mythology


NEPAL: Myth and Folklore of the Yeti

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19 thoughts on “INFO

  1. What an interesting idea and great way to understand and explore different cultural aspects beyond the normal tourist itinerary.
    I think the stories here are quirky and give more in-depth cultural perspective so good for sure.

  2. Interesting and beautiful stories and myths directly from the womb of our mother earth.
    This project stimulate the curiosity and to discover and learn more.
    It is a pleasant read thanks to the clarity of language used by earthstoriez.
    Thank you so much for sharing your work!

  3. A lovely website to understand deeper . Well researched nice stories written so well. Thanks for sharing these stories with the world.

  4. This pages bring back memories of places that I have lived. As I started reading, I remembered things I had not thought of in years. Thank you Gaia

  5. Interessant, im Einklang mit dem gestellten Thema. Tiefgründige Ausführungen, sukzessive Steigerung des Niveaus in der Darlegung!

  6. Dear Sir / Madam, Greetings, My name is Utba Mahmood from Singapore. I came across this website by chance. Its very informative! Thank you for your time to post these articles. I would love to learn more about them. Do have a nice day <3 Best regards, Utba Mahmood

  7. Ich liebe diese Seiten!!! sie sind eine Fundgrube voller Schätze. Reich an Geschichten, Sagen, Legenden, und Mythen. Und das Besondere, in den Erzählungen ist etwas Verbindendes, etwas universell Verbindendes, ich glaube dass wir Menschen uns durch diese Art von Erzählungen näher kommen, denn alle haben wir doch letztendlich dieselben Bedürfnisse (wenn auch nicht immer unbedingt zur selben Zeit). Für mich ist es eine Fundgrube von Wissen und immer geltende Weisheit.

  8. Earthstoriez is for someone wanting to delve deeper into mythology and lore of trees. Humanity has deep and significant ties to trees and woods- which we have largely forgotten, this website serves as a reminder.

  9. Das ist eine Schatzkammer des Wissens, aber auch der ästhetischen Vermittlung desselben. Auf earthstoriez läßt sich eine derartige Fülle von Informationen erfahren, läßt sich so tief in die Geschichte und Geschichten der Kulturen der Welt eintauchen, daß es eine wahre Freude ist.

    Die Sagen, Märchen, Legenden und mythischen Episoden werden jeweils nacherzählt und meist auch in den Zusammenhang mit anderen Geschichten gestellt.

    Die schönen Bilder sind eine Augenweide und ein ganz wesentlicher Grund für die Güte der Webseite: geschmackvoll ausgewählt, ästhetisch angeordnet und schlicht schwarz weiß.

    Das ist interkulturelle Wissensvermittlung, wie ich sie mir vorstelle.

  10. On our trip we realized how much we can learn from others and their stories of their lifes. In the end it’s sharing another perspective, opinion, lifestyle, memory or learing. Having a collection of all the old sayings and stories is really great, those one’s should be even more usefull for us, as they’ve been told and rememberd for so long. So, it’s an amazing idea of having a collection of learings of the world here on this website.
    Thanks also for the stories and learings we got from you in person :).

  11. Very interesting reading the folklore you collected.
    I love it ❤

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. Very interesting storieZ, and good translation work!

  18. 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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