4 Popular Myths and Legends Around the World
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All around the world there are towns and cities which have legends and myths which are told from generation to generation. Some myths act as warnings to run like the wind, while others tell the story of how a legend got its beginnings. You probably know a few already, but here are a few myths and legends from around the world.
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The Flying Dutchman – Netherlands
The Flying Dutchman is a ghost ship that sails the seven seas, giving bad luck onto anyone who looks upon it. Fun fact, The Flying Dutchman was a recurring character on the popular children’s cartoon Spongebob SquarePants. Many sources think that The Flying Dutchman was the vessel of Captain Hendrik van der Decken, a.k.a The Dutchman, who was an early seventeenth-century explorer. The ship supposedly sank in 1641, although many sailors claim to have seen the mystery ship since then – always with dire consequences. According to legend, the vessel is cursed to sail the oceans and seas forever due to van der Decken’s actions.
The captain made a treacherous voyage from Holland to the far East Indies in search of rare and exotic goods. After completing their journey, the captain thought it would be a brilliant idea to create a settlement next to the Cape of Good Hope. During a ferocious storm, the crew broke into a rebellion as the captain would not turn around. Their efforts were unsuccessful, the men were ordered to stay the course, but the ship never reached the shore. There are many legends about what happened on the boat that night, but they all end in tragedy.
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Thor’s Hammer – Scandinavia
If you have seen Marvel’s Thor franchise, you know how essential Thor’s hammer is. In Norse mythology, Thor is the god of thunder and son of Odin. The hammer is a symbol of Thor’s power, but how did he acquire such a force? One day Loki, the god of mischief, cut off the beautiful hair of Thor’s wife, Sif, as a funny joke. Thor was so mad he wanted to break every bone in Loki’s body, and that was when Loki thought of a plan to save himself.
Loki promised to go to the dwarf and get them to make a new head of hair for Sif, as well as three gifts. But Loki wanted to create mischief and so disguised himself as a fly. The fly bit the dwarfs on their hands and eyes, with the result that their gifts were incomplete. However, they were in fact better than what they could have imagined.
One of the gifts was Mjolnir, a hammer. It would never shatter or miss its mark, and always return to Thor. The only problem was that its handle was too short. As a result of yet another trick by Loki, the dwarfs sewed Loki’s mouth shut so he could not speak any more deceit.
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The Loch Ness Monster – Scotland
The Loch Ness Monster (Nessy) is a sea creature dating back to 1870. The Loch Ness Monster is the equivalent of Big Foot, as people have dedicated their lives to finding the truth. It is described as being very large, with a long neck, and one or more humps protruding from the water. Many people from all around the world come to Scotland to get a glimpse of Nessy. For centuries, fishermen have hunted for the mysterious creature and had no such luck. Dr Robert Kenneth Wilson was the first person to capture photographic evidence of the creature in 1934. Scientists have claimed we have only explored 5% of the Earth’s ocean. Could there be a chance that in the 95% we will learn the truth about the Loch Ness Monster?
Lorelei – Germany
The Lorelei is the legend of a beautiful maiden who threw herself into the Rhine river in despair over a lover who did not stay faithful. She was magically transformed into a siren who lured fishermen to their deaths. In case you are confusing a siren with a mermaid, there are differences. The main difference is that sirens are depicted as evil temptresses. Did you remember the little mermaid being evil? No, that’s because mermaids are usually depicted as peaceful and non-violent creatures.
The Lorelei siren is legend to have been the reason for many sunken ships. Sirens have the most attractive and mesmerizing singing voices, which allowed them to tempt many sailors. Many sailors simply fell into their traps and would be dragged to the bottom of the ocean. Others needed some convincing, but it is almost impossible to say no to a siren. Sitting on a rock in the stream is where you would find her. She would sing her song, and sailors would drift through jagged and sharp rocks just to be near her. There have been songs and poems dedicated to Lorelei as a warning for other sailors not to be fooled.
These are just four of many myths and legends from around the world. Stay tuned for more!
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- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.