The Firebird Myths: firebirds are found in many cultures, and are often though to signify the sun, and rebirth, due to the sun's "birth" and "death" each day. The sun is also thought to be the basis of all rebirth ideologies and myths, from the Hindi caste system, to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
|The Greek Phoenix|
|The Slavic Firebird|
|Lloyd Alexander's |
"The Black Cauldron"
which depicts the three witch
myth in the Celtic regions of Europe.
|Shakespeare used this common|
mythical form in his play "Macbeth"
|A painting of a clock modeled after the|
Baba Yaga's house. This painting was
painted by Viktor Hartmann, and served as the
inspiration for the ninth movement of
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
Suite, The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yagá).
The Krampus: A christianized tradition.
Other than Mythology:
There is far more to these cross cultural connections than in just mythology. Almost every aspect of our culture is mirrored in other cultures, and there are far more connections between the people of earth than just culture, such as mathematical concepts, science, art, and simply how we think. I feel that it is due to human nature.
One fun example of similarity is the Sandwich! If you think, most cultures have a meat that is wrapped in bread, and they did this without communication: tacos, sandwiches, gyros, falafels, dumplings, and many many more...