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Where are the Native American primary source documents?

The basic problem here is that scientific study of cultures (Sociology, Anthropology, etc.) is a relatively new discipline. There are indigenous social scientists today of course (my little sister is ...
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Why would this Romanian ritual have been done specifically before Lent?

It is always a good idea to trace back the sources for such claims. The Wikipedia article has this in the footnote: Schenk, Gustav Das Buch der Gifte translated by Michael Bullock as The Book of ...
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Is there folk knowledge associating late breastfeeding with low intelligence and/or gullibility?

However one interprets "late-breast-fed fools", Sixto Rodriguez is unlikely to be referring to any folk knowledge, nor to any widely held belief. Poverty and / or class prejudice are more likely ...
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How did the Church of England view the local legend and festivities surrounding Gog and Magog?

I would've still expected the Church (at least in the 16th century) to view these with contempt, issue an edict against it, or ban it altogether. The Church of England does not seem to have ever ...
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Is there folk knowledge associating late breastfeeding with low intelligence and/or gullibility?

Yes. Don’t Poison the Baby With Angry Breast Milk Several advice books suggested that mothers could harm their babies by thinking the wrong sorts of thoughts. The Sadlers, husband-and-wife doctors ...
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Is there any historical evidence of Picts originating from Scythia?

Quick google search reveals The research team said the Picts were one of the most mysterious of Britain's ancient peoples, but added it was myth they originated from Thrace north of the Aegean Sea, ...
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Is there folk knowledge associating late breastfeeding with low intelligence and/or gullibility?

I suspect it's just a poetic riff on the less well off in society. I only did some cursory googling (searching for myths, misconceptions, etc.), but I failed to find the slightest trace of hints that ...
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How common was it for archaeologists in past eras to believe in giants?

If we look through some of the accounts of giants, such as the Patagon we find that the 13 to 15 foot giants were mostly the belief of some sea explorers that claimed to have seen them. The Book of ...
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Who is 'Ebinichibel' mentioned in the Borgia Map?

John Block Friedman in The Monstrous Races in Medieval Art and Thought, Syracuse 2020, p.67 (via google books) treats it as a fictional name (in a league with stuff from the Alexander romance) and ...
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Should the aluminados be considered to be the roots of the illuminati mythos?

Did Adam Weishaupt's Bavarian Illuminati know of the Spanish group? Is there anything in the writings of the Bavarians which resembles the ideas of the Spanish? If not, then this seems to be simply a ...
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Has Matéo Maximoff's book Die Ursitory been translated to English?

The answer to your title question is "Yes": an English translation was published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1949. It seems to have been originally published in 1946 in French, with ...
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Were hag stones ever engraved?

I can't really give more info than what you already said, but based on what I've learned about them from the links you gave here's what I think. The legend says they come from a knot made of snakes ...
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Is there any historical evidence of Picts originating from Scythia?

What evidence we do have for the Picts shows them to most likely have shared a Celtic origin with the other neighboring peoples of the British Isles of that time. We don't have a lot of their language ...
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