Stories play a major role in developing our imagination. The creatures and objects, especially in fantasy stories, make you wonder what they’d bring. Instant death, eat you alive, destroy your happiness, grant you some super power or fulfill your every wish. Although mythological, these 10 objects are truly fascinating.
10. The Chintamani Stone
The Cintaani stone, sometimes, also known as ‘Chintamani’ was a spiritual stone, believed to have fallen from the stars. According to Hindu mythology, the stone was capable of curing any wound on a perosn’s body or any kind of sickness and purify water. It fell from the stars on the land of Tibet where it was discovered by Buddhist monks. Since its power was so great, the Cintamani stone was considered to be too dangerous to be left on earth, it was sent to the hidden golden city of Shambala.
9. The Peaches of Immortality
Also known as Saturn Peaches, the Peaches of Immortality are fruits from the Chinese mythology, that could make you live forever. These were grown by the Heavenly Queen Mother Xiwangmu who lived in the mountains of Western China. She had 3600 trees of these fruits which guaranteed eternal youth. But the peaches took thousands of years to ripe. The Queen had a banquet every 500 years and invited 8 immortals to it. In China, peaches are a symbol of prosperity and longevity and people eat peach shaped dumplings on happy occasions.
8. The Cauldron of Rebirth
The Pair Dadeni or the Cauldron of Rebirth is an object from the Welsh mythology. It originally belonged to a giant couple, Llasar Llaes Gyfnewid and his wife, Cymydei Cymeinfoll. The Claudron could revive the dead but they came back without the freedom of speech. The couple gave it to the Welsh KIng, Brian the Blessed in return for his hospitality when he helped them fleeing. The Pair Dadeni went as a gift to the King of Ireland when he married King Brian’s sister. But Brawnwen was treated poorly so her brothers came in and fought the King. At this point the Irish kept reviving their soldiers and one of Branwen’s brother, Efnisien threw himself into it alive and destroyed it from the inside.
7. The Cup of Jamshid
Jamshid was a king of Ancient Iran and the Cup of Jamshid is a Persian mythological object which contained the elixir of immortality. It was also used in scrying and the whole world was believed to be reflected in it. It was even believed that the seven heavens of the universe could be observed by looking into it. Looking into the cup would give one, visions of the future, one such vision was ‘The Heroic Legend of Arsalan.’ Given its use for scrying, translators named it the ‘crystal globe’ but that does not sound as cool as the ‘cup with the elixir of immortality.’
6. The Mead of Poetry
Not only crockery, we got mythological beverages too. The Mead of Poetry was a drink that could turn anyone into a scholar. The creation, however, might gross you out. Gods created a man from their spit, named Kvasir, who was so wise that there wasn’t one question that he couldn’t answer. He was sent to spread knowledge to the mankind. He once visited two dwarves Fjalar and Galar, who killed him and made a drink out of his blood which was ‘The Mead of Poetry.’ But seriously, who would have the wisest man of the universe in front of him and instead of getting some wisdom, make beverages from his blood? These dwarves definitely needed some guidance.
5. Baba Yaga’s Mortar & Pestle
Baba Yaga is a deformed ferocious looking witch with a flying wooden mortar 4 feet tall and 14 inches in diameter. Baba Yaga, according to the lore, stands for a person’s fate. When someone enters her hut, they live or die depending on what they say and do. Some also say that Baba Yaga stands for the dark side of wisdom. Fun fact, she doesn’t cook in the mortar but instead uses it to crush children’s bones. As if that wasn’t creepy enough she has a hut in the woods that walks around on chicken legs. Well, okay, that’s enough about Baba Yoga.
4. Aphrodite’s Girdle
Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love and pleasure was everything a man wanted. Anyone around her would fall in love with her but this was believed to be due to her ‘girdle’ or belt which she used to have wrapped around her bosom or waist. In most of her statues, she’s shown wearing it and is also told to have removed it in some of the stories. Without the girdle, she was powerless as all her charms lay within the beautifully embroidered griddle itself. She is the same Goddess who is known as Venus in the Roman mythology. She had love affairs with quite a few Gods, including Ares, Dionysos, Hephaistos, Hermes, Nerites, Poseidon and even Zeus.
3. The Doors of Durin
The Doors of Durin, also known as the West-gate, the West-door of Moria, or Elven Door, were built into the Walls of Moria in the dark cliffs of the Silvertine and formed the western entrance to the great Dwarven city of Khazad-dûm. These doors blended so well with the mountains that they were invisible to the naked eye. They were built with material stronger than stone by the best dwarf craftsmen of the Second Age of Middle Earth – elf-lord Celebrimbor and the Dwarf Narvi. The doors were a pathway from the city of dwarves to the world of elves and only opened with magic.
2. The Argo
The Argo was a ship in the Greek mythology whose entire crew was believed to be protected by Goddess Hera. It is also said to be the first ship to sail the seas. It was supposedly constructed out of wood from Dodona, an area known to be special to Zeus. The ship was built to get the Golden Fleece. This was the condition set by Jason’s uncle who had taken the throne of Thessaly from the rightful heir, Jason’s father. The ship was so legendary that a picture of it was hung in the heavens i.e. The Argo Navis constellation.
1. Freyja’s Falcon Cloak
In Norse mythology, Freyja is a goddess associated with love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, war, and death. Basically, she’s the Goddess of everything. She could cry tears of gold and had a cloak that could turn the person wearing it into a majestic falcon. Considering she had lent her falcon cloak to both Thor and Loki when they needed it, she must be really humble. Also, she drove a chariot pulled by large house cats.