4 More Legends and Myths from around the World
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We’ve already told you about the Loch Ness Monster, Thor’s hammer, the Flying Dutchman and Lorelei, and there are so many more we could talk about! Here are another four myths and legends from around the world.
The Kraken – Scandinavia
Release the Kraken! You have probably heard that phrase before, but what is the Kraken? According to Norse legend, the Kraken was a giant furious squid that was 13-15 meters/ 40-50 feet in length. That’s bigger than a school bus! The Kraken is one of the most legendary and most feared sea monsters in history. Many stories have indicated that the monster could drag ships to the bottom of the ocean, grab sailors, and even create whirlpools. To be honest, who knows what is lurking in the deep? The gigantic sea creature was mentioned by the king of Norway, King Svarah, in 1180. He warned sailors to be aware of the squid-like monster that inhabits the coast of Germany, Iceland, and Norway.
Many famous literature authors have mentioned the beast, such as Alfred Tennyson, Jules Verne, and Victor Hugo. A giant squid roaming the ocean waters does not seem difficult to believe. There are 300 species of squid that have been documented, and there are probably 300 more living in the depths of the ocean. There are species of large squid that have been caught and documented. The colossal squid holds the record of the largest squid in the world at 49 feet/ 14.9 meters in length. This squid could easily be mistaken for the Kraken from a nearby fisherman. Many people have tried to capture proof of the squid’s existence. The most recent sighting was in 2020, but who’s to say if the Kraken is still alive.
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Dracula – Romania
When you think of popular vampires, what do you think? Do you think of shiny ones like in Twilight? Or manipulating ones like in The Vampire Diaries? Even ones that like to count, like in Sesame Street? All of your favourite vampires had to originate from somewhere, and that somewhere is in Transylvania, Romania. The story of Dracula and vampires has been told countless times. Every telling of the story has its interpretations and twists. Who was Dracula? People suspect the popular vampire to be based on a man named Vlad Tepes.
Vlad was born in present-day Transylvania. His father was knighted into a secret society called the Order of the Dragon. His father renamed himself Dracul (dragon) which made his son Draculea (son of the dragon). In Romania, drac means devil, so Bram Stoker, the author of the book Dracula, interpreted the title as the devil. After being held hostage and eventually abandoned by his father, Vlad was transformed into a bloodthirsty killer. Vlad’s violent history led him to earn the nickname Vlad the impaler, a nickname based on the way he would stab and impale his enemies with spikes. There is a castle in Romania that has been named Dracula’s Castle as it is the only castle fitting Stoker’s description. To learn more about the monster inspired by a monster, read Dracula by Bram Stoker.
The Wawel Dragon – Poland
The Wawel Dragon is famous in Polish mythology. If you are of Polish descent, you may be familiar with the legend. In present-day southwestern Poland, a king named Krakus ruled in a kingdom in Krakow. He lived in the Wawel castle, and his people were content. One day the people heard an unusual noise. Under the palace lived a dragon who was starving and demanded the people bring him food. If the people refused, they would suffer at the dragon’s hands. The city was in fear and went to the king for a solution. No one was safe, as the people feared for their lives. The king created a competition: whoever defeated the dragon could take his daughter’s hand in marriage.
Plenty of brave men came to slay the beast, but none survived. With every kill, the dragon became stronger. How could the people continue to have hope if no one could defeat the monster? One day Skuba, a poor shoemaker, decided it was his turn to kill the dragon. Unlike the other men who brought swords and shields, he had a secret weapon. The shoemaker was going to use the dragon’s greed against himself. Skuba took sheepskin and filled it with hay and sulphur, and fed it to the monster. The sulphur chemical made the dragon so parched it drank the whole river until it exploded! In the end, Skuba married the princess in the castle and lived happily ever after.
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Pandora’s Box – Greece
Have you heard the phrase curiosity killed the cat? It is a proverbial expression in attempts to stop someone from letting their curiosity get the best of them, which could result in trouble or danger. This trait is famously known for the ancient Greek legend of Pandora. Pandora was a mortal woman who set off a chain of destruction based on her impulsive curiosity. Hephaestus, the god of fire, breathed Pandora into life. The god of fire wanted to make her extraordinary with the help of the other gods and goddesses. Each immortal being presented her with a gift. Aphrodite gave her the capability for deep emotions, Hermes gave her mastery of any language plus her name, and Athena gave her the ability to pay attention to detail and craftsmanship.
Zeus, the god of the gods, gave Pandora two gifts. The first was curiosity that lived deep inside her spirit, and the second was a box closed lightly. Inside the box was not meant for mortal eyes and was forbidden from being opened under any circumstances. Pandora lived on earth and was the most content. The gifts from the gods, however, made her have a thirst for knowledge. She would often wonder what was inside the box Zeus gave her. The more she thought of the contents of the box, the more curious she became. She became obsessed with the box and one day she could not take it any longer, and opened the box.
Opening the box unleashed monstrous creatures into the world. Zeus created the box as a vessel for all the horrible evil forces he created. Once the evil was set free, they were uncontainable. Today, the story of Pandora’s box expresses how curiosity can have extreme consequences.
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- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- 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.