Figure of a griffin. Gold, 4th century BC At the edges of the Persian Empire nomadic peoples also left traces. This area later became part of the Russian Empire, so the spectacular finds from excavations are now part of the Hermitages collection. These nomads from the Scythian Empire built monumental burial mounds known as kurgans. Remarkably, the first excavations date from the time of Peter the Great.
In Scandinavia, the term 'folklore' is not often used in academic circles; instead terms such as Folketro (folk belief; older Almuetro) or Folkesagn (folktales) have been coined. In common speech, it is simply referred to as den Gamle Tro (the old belief), or perhaps sæd skik og brug (customs, the way). It evolved from Norse paganism, and it is in technical terms labelled low-mythology, while the Norse mythology is called high-mythology. High-mythology builds on low-mythology in its parts.