Saturday, April 30, 2016

Can the walkers and biters from "The Walking Dead" be found in mythology?

‘The Walking Dead’ is one of the most popular modern T.V. shows. While we watch the thrilling episodes, do we ever wonder what these monsters truly are? Do these monsters, as they are portrayed in the show, exist in our world, at least in mythology? Let us find out!

Are the walkers and biters from "The Walking Dead" zombies? They likely are not what they seem. The abundance of mythology preserved by history contains many possible explanations for the monsters of "The Walking Dead." Could they be Arabic ghouls? Maybe they are Malaysian Pontianaks. Perhaps they are Scandinavian.

Read about the many mythological walkers here at in an article written by the Hut's own C. Keith Hansley.

Game of Thrones is very similar to the English Wars of the Roses

Do you think "Game of Thrones" is too brutal and crazy to be reality? Actually, the English Wars of the Roses had many similarities with George R. R. Martin's popular book and T.V. series. Betrayals and traitors? The Wars of the Roses had it. Mad kings? The Wars of the Roses had it. Murdered children? The Wars of the Roses had it. Dragons? Sorry, no dragons in the Wars of the Roses. St. George had already taken care of them.

Read more about the similarities between "Game of Thrones" and the Wars of the Roses here at

Ancient Romans spread outlandishly wild rumors about Christianity

When cultures collide, misunderstandings can often arise. This was definitely the case when the Romans first encountered Christianity. The Eucharist - the symbolic or mystical meal of Jesus' flesh and blood - led to rumor of cannibalism. The community of the faithful, calling each other brothers and sisters, created gossip of incest.

Read the translated ancient texts describing these rumors here at

16th century Satan was one fancy devil

You may have many mental images of the devil, but none will be like the 16th century descriptions from the region of Germany. Accounts of the devil from Baroque Germany would frequently feature feathered hats and perfectly tailored clothing. Satan even gained the nickname, 'little feather.'

Read the primary sources from the 16th century here at

The Story of Margaretha Minderlin

If you have never heard of Margaretha Minderlin, do not be concerned, for most do not know this woman's tragic story. Minderlin was a woman who was tried and convicted of witchcraft in 16th century Nordlingen (in modern day Germany). While many other women have been tried, convicted and executed for witchcraft, Minderlin's account is fascinating.

Read how torture sessions turned a common grave robber into a diabolical witch here at

There is a lot of history behind British-Irish tensions.

Have you ever sensed tension between the Irish and the British? It is not surprising if you have; there are a long list of historical events that explain the tensions. War, politics, displacement, massacres, rebellion, and terrorism are among many of the touchy issues concerning Irish-British relations.

Read about the strained British and Irish relations here at

Kakuei Tanaka: A Japanese politician whose rise to power was similar to that of Donald Trump.
Do you think Donald Trump's rise to prominence in the 2016 presidential race was one of a kind? If you thought yes, then you may be in for a surprise. Kakuei Tanaka was one of the wealthiest men in post-WWII Japan. His construction company made outrageous profits by rebuilding the heavily bombed Japanese homeland. Tanaka succeeded in gaining office on a platform of being a man-of-the-people. His political rallies were unlike any of his competitors and his oration was fiery and full of criticism of his competition. If a potential Trump presidency will be anything like his Japanese counterpart, the United States is in for a tough four years.

Read about Kakuei Tanaka's scandalous political career here at 

General Sherman in South Carolina during the U.S. Civil War

General Sherman was one of the most destructive generals of the United States Civil War. Many see his military career as an inspiration, as he used his forces to target and cripple his enemy's resources before that became a prominent tactic of total war. Others see Sherman as a leader who condoned excessive devastation and destruction. Among the cities ravaged by Sherman's forces were Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina. This article focuses on Sherman's actions in the latter of the two. Was his style of warfare something to criticize or something to commend?

Read the article here for more information.