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29th May '17 2:51:21 AM Kuruni
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*** Bahamut, the benevolent god of good dragons, is similarly named for the giant fish/whale/turtle (depends who you ask) of Arabian myth, which carries the world on its back. Think 'Behemoth'.
*** Some people have also been getting angry at ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' for spreading the image that Bahamut was a dragon. Lies. Bahamut's been listed as a benevolent dragon in Dungeons and dragons canon since the 70s - ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' was just based off of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons.'''
*** A minor interesting note, though, is that some time ago, D&D added a character named Kuyutha, Exarch of Bahamut (his champion of sorts), whose name is based on ''Kujata'', the giant bull who rests on top of Arabian Bahamut.

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*** Bahamut, the benevolent god of good dragons, is similarly named for the giant fish/whale/turtle (depends who you ask) of Arabian myth, which carries the world on its back. Think 'Behemoth'.
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'Behemoth'. Some people have also been getting angry at ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' for spreading the image that Bahamut was a dragon. Lies. Bahamut's been listed as a benevolent dragon in Dungeons and dragons canon since the 70s - ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' was just based off of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons.'''
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''' A minor interesting note, though, is that some time ago, D&D added a character named Kuyutha, Exarch of Bahamut (his champion of sorts), whose name is based on ''Kujata'', the giant bull who rests on top of Arabian Bahamut.



** Changelings in 3.5e D&D are humanoids that are part human and part doppelganger. Changelings in folklore are fairy children used as decoys for stolen babies. Magic: the Gathering has the same problem (using "changeling" to mean "a creature that changes").
*** Made even worse because in a third-edition issue of Dragon Magazine, where the fey children being swapped out with real ones was their actual origin, until they decided to make the Eberron Changelings.

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** Changelings in 3.5e D&D are humanoids that are part human and part doppelganger. Changelings in folklore are fairy children used as decoys for stolen babies. Magic: the Gathering has the same problem (using "changeling" to mean "a creature that changes").
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changes"). Made even worse because in a third-edition issue of Dragon Magazine, where the fey children being swapped out with real ones was their actual origin, until they decided to make the Eberron Changelings.
28th May '17 10:11:38 PM exitomnis
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** Changelings in D&D are humanoids that are part human and part doppelganger. Changelings in folklore are fairy children used as decoys for stolen babies. Magic: the Gathering has the same problem (using "changeling" to mean "a creature that changes").

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** Changelings in 3.5e D&D are humanoids that are part human and part doppelganger. Changelings in folklore are fairy children used as decoys for stolen babies. Magic: the Gathering has the same problem (using "changeling" to mean "a creature that changes").changes").
*** Made even worse because in a third-edition issue of Dragon Magazine, where the fey children being swapped out with real ones was their actual origin, until they decided to make the Eberron Changelings.
23rd May '17 6:30:55 PM Amahn
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** With the recent announcement (May 2017) that the franchise has been rescued from [[AuthorExistenceFailure studio closure limbo]] a new error has arisen. The Horseman played by the character in 3 will be Fury, who is not one of the 4-Horsemen. She will also be a female protagonist, so would that make her a 'Horseperson'?
17th May '17 5:36:11 PM paycheckgurl
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** There's a random Big Foot. MST3K probably said it best.
---> '''Jonah Heston:''' I must have fallen asleep in Greek Mythology the day they talked about Sasquatch.
17th May '17 3:29:11 PM paycheckgurl
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* ''Film/TheLovesOfHercules'':
** The crew seems to have gotten their multi-headed monsters from Greek mythology mixed up. Here, the Hydra guards the Underworld, even though that's supposed to be Cerberus's job. It is also stopped once Hercules cuts off its middle head, instead of growing more in its place.
** Depending on which version of the Hercules myth you go with, his wife Megara should have either been killed by Hercules himself during a bout of a Hera caused madness (leading to the famous twelve labors to atone for her death and the death of their children) or given to Lolaus after he left Thebes. Megara being killed as part of a mortal political plot is wholly an invention of the film.
13th May '17 5:19:53 AM LogicMeister
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*'''''The Bible'''''
** According to [[Literature/TheFourGospels Matthew's gospel]], Virgin Mary does not stay virgin ''after'' giving birth to Jesus, she does have union with Joseph (Matthew 1:25) and Jesus is said to have brothers (Matthew 12:46), in stark contrast to Catholic accounts.
** "Apocalypse:"
*** An "apocalypse" is simply knowledge acquired, or a "revelation" if roughly translated. But nowadays we also use it to mean "the end of the world", thanks to [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Revelation]], which was all about an "apocalypse" (i.e. a revelation) ''regarding'' the end of the world. Any story in a [[AfterTheEnd Postapocalyptic]] setting where the Book of Revelation stuff has already happened is sadly mythtaken.
*** On that note, "Armageddon" properly refers to the ''place'' of a battle during the end of the world, not to the end of the world itself. The name means Mount Megiddo, a place in Israel inhabited from 7000 BC to 586 BC, with the area resettled by a kibbutz in 1949 AD.
*** Similar to Armageddon, Azazel is often depicted as a living being in a lot of media, including religious texts such as Enoch which describes "him" as a {{fallen angel}}. However Leviticus makes it clear that, Azazel is a place, an ''Earthly'' place where Hebrews set captive goats free. This is one of the reasons in Enoch is an [[WordOfDante apocryphal book]]. But you know, fallen angels are supposedly more interesting than goat havens, so everyone goes with Enoch's version or something similar instead.
** The ForbiddenFruit consumed by Adam and Eve in the Literature/BookOfGenesis is often portrayed as an apple. This had to do with the story being translated to Latin, where the word for "evil" (''malum'') was similar to the word for "apple." (''malus'') Thus the apple was a sort of VisualPun. Unless the people who came up with the original story had contact with people from in or around modern-day Kazakhstan, it's unlikely that they would have even known what an apple ''was''. Theories for what the fruit originally was include figs, grapes, pomegranates, dates, and even wheat, all much more familiar to the people of the Fertile Crescent. (Not that it really matters, however, as the ''type'' of fruit is not the point; the point is that there was a command to not do something (in this case, eat the fruit of a particular plant), and that command was disobeyed, leading to [[OrderVersusChaos chaos]].
** Any depiction of a cherub or other angel as a winged baby. Said winged babies are more accurately called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putto putti]] and have no relevance to angels, but some how got consolidated and confused with cherubim. Said cherubim are actually [[OurAngelsAreDifferent rather monstrous]] [[EldritchAbomination in form]], with four faces, of an ox, a lion, a man and an eagle, four wings, and with many eyes covering its body, in and out. and one was given a flaming sword to guard the Garden of Eden with, which would be rather humorous if it really was a winged baby.
** The depiction of [[BiblicalBadGuy Jezebel]] as a prostitute. She [[LipstickAndLoadMontage put on her makeup and finery]] before facing Jehu in order to FaceDeathWithDignity, not because she was trying to seduce him. She never actually engages in prostitution in the text; the confusion may stem from not only her putting on makeup and appearing in front of a large window, but also the fact that the pagan religion she was trying to promote sometimes involved ritual prostitution in the name of certain fertility gods such as Ba'al and Asherah. She may also be [[NamesTheSame getting confused with]] a cult leader/another wannabe {{High Priest}}ess from the Literature/BookOfRevelation, even though the two are distinct characters. (Indeed, the Jezebel from ''that'' story may herself be getting confused with the Whore of Babylon.)



* According to [[Literature/TheFourGospels Matthew's gospel]], Virgin Mary does not stay virgin ''after'' giving birth to Jesus, she does have union with Joseph (Matthew 1:25) and Jesus is said to have brothers (Matthew 12:46), in stark contrast to Catholic accounts.
* "Apocalypse:"
** An "apocalypse" is simply knowledge acquired, or a "revelation" if roughly translated. But nowadays we also use it to mean "the end of the world", thanks to [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Revelation]], which was all about an "apocalypse" (i.e. a revelation) ''regarding'' the end of the world. Any story in a [[AfterTheEnd Postapocalyptic]] setting where the Book of Revelation stuff has already happened is sadly mythtaken.
** On that note, "Armageddon" properly refers to the ''place'' of a battle during the end of the world, not to the end of the world itself. The name means Mount Megiddo, a place in Israel inhabited from 7000 BC to 586 BC, with the area resettled by a kibbutz in 1949 AD.
** Whoever started the idea that the Maya calendar predicts an apocalypse in 2012 did not do the research. 2012 is the umpteenth anniversary of the creation of the universe in the Maya calendar, the end of one ''bak'tun'' (394.25 years) and beginning of the next one. It has nothing to do with the world ending. [[http://blogs.24.com/jadedjayne/files/2012/02/7ac56b2e-3d62-40b9-802b-c027e148478b.jpg The Maya calendar doesn't end in 2012]] anymore than the Western calendar ends in December 31st of every year.
** Similar to Armageddon, Azazel is often depicted as a living being in a lot of media, including religious texts such as Enoch which describes "him" as a {{fallen angel}}. However Leviticus makes it clear that, Azazel is a place, an ''Earthly'' place where Hebrews set captive goats free. This is one of the reasons in Enoch is an [[WordOfDante apocryphal book]]. But you know, fallen angels are supposedly more interesting than goat havens, so everyone goes with Enoch's version or something similar instead.



** Whoever started the idea that the Maya calendar predicts an apocalypse in 2012 did not do the research. 2012 is the umpteenth anniversary of the creation of the universe in the Maya calendar, the end of one ''bak'tun'' (394.25 years) and beginning of the next one. It has nothing to do with the world ending. [[http://blogs.24.com/jadedjayne/files/2012/02/7ac56b2e-3d62-40b9-802b-c027e148478b.jpg The Maya calendar doesn't end in 2012]] anymore than the Western calendar ends in December 31st of every year.



* The ForbiddenFruit consumed by Adam and Eve in the Literature/BookOfGenesis is often portrayed as an apple. This had to do with the story being translated to Latin, where the word for "evil" (''malum'') was similar to the word for "apple." (''malus'') Thus the apple was a sort of VisualPun. Unless the people who came up with the original story had contact with people from in or around modern-day Kazakhstan, it's unlikely that they would have even known what an apple ''was''. Theories for what the fruit originally was include figs, grapes, pomegranates, dates, and even wheat, all much more familiar to the people of the Fertile Crescent. (Not that it really matters, however, as the ''type'' of fruit is not the point; the point is that there was a command to not do something (in this case, eat the fruit of a particular plant), and that command was disobeyed, leading to [[OrderVersusChaos chaos]].
* Any depiction of a cherub or other angel as a winged baby. Said winged babies are more accurately called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putto putti]] and have no relevance to angels, but some how got consolidated and confused with cherubim. Said cherubim are actually [[OurAngelsAreDifferent rather monstrous]] [[EldritchAbomination in form]], with four faces, of an ox, a lion, a man and an eagle, four wings, and with many eyes covering its body, in and out. and one was given a flaming sword to guard the Garden of Eden with, which would be rather humorous if it really was a winged baby.
* The depiction of [[BiblicalBadGuy Jezebel]] as a prostitute. She [[LipstickAndLoadMontage put on her makeup and finery]] before facing Jehu in order to FaceDeathWithDignity, not because she was trying to seduce him. She never actually engages in prostitution in the text; the confusion may stem from not only her putting on makeup and appearing in front of a large window, but also the fact that the pagan religion she was trying to promote sometimes involved ritual prostitution in the name of certain fertility gods such as Ba'al and Asherah. She may also be [[NamesTheSame getting confused with]] a cult leader/another wannabe {{High Priest}}ess from the Literature/BookOfRevelation, even though the two are distinct characters. (Indeed, the Jezebel from ''that'' story may herself be getting confused with the Whore of Babylon.)
13th May '17 5:14:43 AM LogicMeister
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Season 3, the main antagonist, '''''Savitar''''', '''Self-Proclaimed God of Speed and Motion''' [[(really just future Barry)]] does this quite a fair bit:

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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Season 3, the main antagonist, '''''Savitar''''', '''Self-Proclaimed God of Speed and Motion''' [[(really [[spoiler:(really just future Barry)]] does this quite a fair bit:



** Also [[spoiler: Savitar claims he sought godhood because God doesn't feel pain; though it is true that he doesn't feel physical pain,  the Old Testament does include multiple passages where '''יהוה''', [[note]]'''YHWH''', Romanised '''JHVH'''; Pronounced: '''Yahweh''', Romanised '''Jehovah''' (More commonly used pronunciation)[[/note]] ''(That's the name of the Abrahamic God)'' states he's feeling emotional pain, which is what Savitar was referring to.]] It appears that even though he's been around for thousands of years, he has '''never once''' bothered to actually ''read a Bible'' or any other religions holy text either. Plus, Savitar has only referenced commonly known myths and hasn't shown any in-depth knowledge.

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** Also [[spoiler: Savitar claims he sought godhood because God doesn't feel pain; though it is true that he doesn't feel physical pain,  the Old Testament does include multiple passages where '''יהוה''', [[note]]'''YHWH''', Romanised '''JHVH'''; Pronounced: '''Yahweh''', Romanised '''Jehovah''' (More commonly used pronunciation)[[/note]] ''(That's the name of the Abrahamic God)'' states he's feeling emotional pain, which is what Savitar was referring to.]] to. It appears that even though he's been around for thousands of years, he has '''never once''' bothered to actually ''read a Bible'' or any other religions holy text either. Plus, Savitar has only referenced commonly known myths and hasn't shown any in-depth knowledge.
13th May '17 5:12:19 AM LogicMeister
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Season 3, the main antagonist, '''''Savitar''''', '''Self-Proclaimed God of Speed and Motion''' [[(really just future Barry)]] does this quite a fair bit:
** In the Hindu pantheon, there is a ''Savitr'', but he's a solar god, and has nothing to do with speed or motion. Granted, Earth-1 ''is'' a world where metahumans have been around in one form or another since Ancient Egypt, so their myths may have evolved a bit differently.
** Also [[spoiler: Savitar claims he sought godhood because God doesn't feel pain; though it is true that he doesn't feel physical pain,  the Old Testament does include multiple passages where '''יהוה''', [[note]]'''YHWH''', Romanised '''JHVH'''; Pronounced: '''Yahweh''', Romanised '''Jehovah''' (More commonly used pronunciation)[[/note]] ''(That's the name of the Abrahamic God)'' states he's feeling emotional pain, which is what Savitar was referring to.]] It appears that even though he's been around for thousands of years, he has '''never once''' bothered to actually ''read a Bible'' or any other religions holy text either. Plus, Savitar has only referenced commonly known myths and hasn't shown any in-depth knowledge.
10th May '17 12:43:07 PM FrankLinegar
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** It's possible the mixup was with Athena, who while generally associated of wisdom is also the goddess of warfare in Greek mythos.

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** It's possible the mixup was with Athena, who while generally associated of with wisdom is also the goddess of warfare in Greek mythos.
10th May '17 10:11:07 AM FrankLinegar
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*** WordOfGod says it's actually sacrifices that fuel the pagan gods, not faith, hence why Kali has been reduced to man-eating.
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