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01:59 pm: The Toothfairy vs. Zeus

Recently, I've been wondering: how many traditions and superstitions of the past were like Santa or the Toothfairy or the Easter Bunny. — all of these are carried on by people who do not believe in them, and yet who, year after year, do the correct things to keep up the mythos.

How many of the myths and folktales of the past were like that…people knew they weren't there but did the things anyway. Did anyone ever put out milk for brownies who thought brownies would come clean their houses? Or did everyone know it was like cookies for Santa?

 

(In the Roanoke roleplaying game, John's character the cowboy sorcerer kid immediately filled the brownie's milk bowl with whiskey. His room got painted puce and chartreuse.).)

 

 

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From:marycatelli
Date:December 5th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
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There's a whole gradiation between belief and positive disbelief. I dare say a good number of them didn't want to risk it.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:December 5th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
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Oh, that's who that was! It seemed like a stretch for an NPC.
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 5th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
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John played, briefly, a character named Dusty Moth and he put a 10-star in family. Hence the Moth Clan was born. ;-)
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From:juliet_winters
Date:December 5th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
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And it's a good and sturdy clan, too. Also a bit crazy at times.
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From:wolflahti
Date:December 5th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
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One theory is that the Brownie milk idea was started when religious persecution of cats began, and this was a way around appearing to openly foster a feline.

I'm not sure I buy it, but it has story potential at the very least.
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 5th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Interesting Idea...it shows that there at least could be other explanations.
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