Folklore History

The Tears of Saint Lawrence

In August, the Earth passes through the debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, causing the Perseid meteor shower. When the pebble-sized debris burn up in our atmosphere, we see shooting stars. Christian folklore calls these meteors the tears of St Lawrence, a martyr.Continue readingThe Tears of Saint Lawrence


Xin Zhui: The Marquise Beneath the Mound

A two thousand year old Chinese noblewoman’s elaborate afterlife preparations give us a fascinating glimpse into a world long gone. Her body is the best preserved mummy ever found.Continue readingXin Zhui: The Marquise Beneath the Mound