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Myths and Legends

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Jason Weiser and Carissa Weiser tell stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears. These are stories of wizards, knights, Vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.

Location:

NY

Description:

Jason Weiser and Carissa Weiser tell stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears. These are stories of wizards, knights, Vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.

Twitter:

@mythpodcast

Language:

English


Episodes

358: Monkey King: Winded

2/28/2024
Back in the Journey to the West where Monkey and the gang are actually having an easy time of it and WHY IS IT SO HOT? The creature is Muirbech who is not a sea bee, and while it should get in trouble for false advertising it is already in jail until Judgement Day? --- Sponsors: Make a healthy choice today and try Field of Greens. Get 15% off your first order plus free rush shipping with promo code LEGENDS at https://FieldofGreens.com --- Music: "Jenny K" by Blue Dot Sessions "Cran Ras" by Blue Dot Sessions "Thick Irony" by Chad Crouch "Pigeon Falls" by Blue Dot Sessions "City Limits" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:48:56

357: Icelandic Folklore: Dog Days

2/21/2024
A lost prince, a magic TARDIS barrel, and a talking dog take us to Jötunheim and back in the story of Prince Ring from Icelandic folklore. The creature is mouse deer who just wants to dance and hopefully not kill anyone. --- Links: Ring source: https://myths.link/princering Glitter drink why would you do this: https://myths.link/glitter Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Factor: No prep and no mess meals ready to heat and eat? Factor has us covered. Head to https://FactorMeals.com/legends50 and use code: legends50 for 50 percent off. BetterHelp: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Become your own soulmate, whether you’re looking for one or not. Try online therapy at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- Music: "Ginger" by Chad Crouch "Mullberry" by Chad Crouch "Alsace" by Chad Crouch "Rabbit in the Leaflitter" by Chad Crouch "In the Cottonwoods" by Chad Crouch

Duration:00:42:31

356: 1001 Nights: Nifty Fifty

2/14/2024
A story from 1001 Nights about how to get rid of that annoying babysitter and what to do if your husbands keep getting killed (the answer is, apparently, to keep getting married). The creature is the sea monk, neither a monk nor a sea creature, but a horrifying Cthulhu mash-up. Creature pictures: https://myths.link/356 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Thrive Market is helping us stick to a healthier year. Join for the savings, the convenience, the flavors, and high quality at https://ThriveMarket.com/legends Smalls: For 50% off your first order, head to https://Smalls.com/LEGENDS and use code LEGENDS. --- Music: "Fill and Forage" by Blue Dot Sessions "Bristlecone" by Chad Crouch "Lunette" by Blue Dot Sessions "ShadowPlay" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:44:17

355: Greek/Roman myth: There's Something About Ares

2/7/2024
The stories of the creation from Roman/Greek mythology, the first werewolf, and Pygmalion, and also some Ares stuff because this is his week I guess. The creature, the Bonnacon (or, as cultured people say, Bo-nacho), has fiery diarrhea. Insert spicy food/White Castle joke here. Disclaimer: https://myths.link/355 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Inflatable cow for some reason: https://myths.link/mooooooo --- Sponsor: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Become your own soulmate, whether you’re looking for one or not. Try online therapy at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- Music: "Croner Dilesh" by Blue Dot Sessions "Hrse Hrse" by Blue Dot Sessions "Particle End" by Blue Dot Sessions "Where we Make our Stand" by Chad Crouch "Talens Bal" by Blue Dot Sessions "Iris" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:42:53

354: Japanese folklore: Cursed

1/31/2024
Two stories about finding people who like you for you. Not because you wear a rice bowl on your head. Or because you spend way too much time looking in the mirror. It's the stories of the Black Rice Bowl and the Mirror from Kyoto, from Japanese folklore. The creatures are real life magpies, chaos birds. Praying mantis eggs: "Each Egg Pod Contains 20-500 Babies!" https://myths.link/mantis Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsor: Field of Greens is our new super-fruit and vegetable habit. It’s the only fruit and vegetable product that promises better health, too. Get 15 percent off your first order and free rush shipping at https://FieldOfGreens.com and use promo code: LEGENDS --- Music: "Bellow's Hull" by Blue Dot Sessions "Quiet Sill" by Blue Dot Sessions "Cedar" by Chad Crouch "Grove Melody" by Chad Crouch

Duration:00:38:33

353: Irish folklore: Beggars Belief

1/24/2024
The story of a storyteller who can't think of a story to tell, and how a stranger solves that problem by getting him fired and taking him on wacky adventures with too many beheadings. The creature is the Lou Carcolh. Brace yourself, snail links are coming. Snails: I don't know if this is a good price for snails: https://myths.link/snails No idea why I find this video of a snail eating a cucumber so unnerving, but here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifjpgt26osY Here's one eating a strawberry. I hate this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhXJxUgY46Q Snail eating spaghetti. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw-D9cdGAjo Very solid post and one of my sources for the Lou Carcolh: https://myths.link/carcolh Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors Smalls: For 50% off your first order, head to https://Smalls.com/LEGENDS and use code LEGENDS. Factor: Factor is our time saver! With restaurant-quality, ready-to-eat meal delivery bursting with flavor, Factor takes the stress out of meal time. Try it and get 50 percent off at https://FactorMeals.com/legends50 AND use code: legends50 --- Music "Peter Gray" by Chad Crouch "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" by Chad Crouch "All the Pretty Horses" by Chad Crouch

Duration:00:34:29

352: French folklore: The Darling Formerly Known as Prince

1/17/2024
How do you ensure your children grow up to be good people? You work with a fairy to design jewelry that stabs them, of course! The creature this week is Lamia! She will pull out her own eyeballs and eat your children, but she also has a budding career in the movies? Sad duck lamp: https://myths.link/sadduck Source for today: https://myths.link/pd Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Music: "B Roll" by Chad Crouch "The Ramble" by Chad Crouch "Pilgrim's Progress" by Chad Crouch "Barefoot" by Chad Crouch "Pacing" by Chad Crouch --- Sponsors: Grow your business, no matter what stage you’re in, with Shopify: https://shopify.com/legends Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Celebrate the progress you’ve already made and give therapy a try at https://BetterHelp.com/myths

Duration:00:38:32

351: Dragons: Alternate History

1/10/2024
A mother and son are surviving at the end of the world, while monsters prowl the wasteland all around. And now, one of them wants to leave. The creature is the Kudan (件), a human-faced bovine who wants you to have its poster up in your home. A lot of posters, actually. Source: https://myths.link/georgie Lion bites: https://myths.link/lionbites Disclaimer: https://myths.link/351 --- Sponsors: Bombas makes clothing that feels good and does good, too. It’s our favorite! Get cozy at https://Bombas.com/legends WITH code: legends ExpressVPN: Secure your online data today by visiting https://ExpressVPN.com/legends Join in on the savings with Thrive Market today at https://ThriveMarket.com/legends --- Music: "Button" by Chad Crouch "Wisp" by Chad Crouch "Warm Fingers" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lullaby" by Chad Crouch "Shifty Crow" by Chad Crouch "Rarified" by Chad Crouch "Small Bummer" by Chad Crouch

Duration:00:43:13

350: Korean folklore: Ghosts and Goblins

1/3/2024
Three(ish) stories from the Korean peninsula about ghosts and goblins. Kind of. Some are actual ghosts and goblins (도깨비). Some are the ghosts of happier times and the lives we thought we wanted. Some goblins literally beat us up when they cheat at board games. There's a lot to learn this week. The creature is the Kting Voar, a creature that definitely does not exist, but not for lack of being extremely normal and boring. Kting Voar article: https://myths.link/academicrigorcryptidstyle Cow eating snake (NOT the Kting Voar): https://myths.link/snakeyum Story 1 (the literary man): https://myths.link/literaryman Story 2: https://myths.link/snakesrevenge Story 3: https://myths.link/charan Explosion-proof your cloppy friend (but not really): https://myths.link/superhorse Disclaimer: https://myths.link/350 --- Sponsor: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- Music: "Cirrocumulous" by Chad Crouch "Venus Aire" by Blue Dot Sessions "Cortesia" by Blue Dot Sessions "Flatlands 1st" by Blue Dot Sessions "Night Music" by Blue Dot Sessions "The Bond" by Chad Crouch "Virginia Creeper" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:42:28

349: Monkey King: My Own Worst Enemy

12/27/2023
We're back in the stories of the Monkey King on the Journey to the West and we'll see that not everyone who is mean to you is a demon. They might be a murderous bandit! Also, try to make friends that can tell the difference between you and your evil doppelgänger. The creature is the Kongamato, a (maybe?) actual dinosaur. It is truly terrible and annoying and bad, but only slightly murdery! --- Sponsor: Hello Fresh: HelloFresh is farm-fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and seasonal recipes delivered right to your doorstep. The Weisers are loving it—see why at https://HelloFresh.com/mythsfree AND use code: mythsfree --- Music: "Gentle Son" by Blue Dot Sessions "La Inglesa" by Blue Dot Sessions "Paramo Ocho" by Blue Dot Sessions "Santo Apure" by Blue Dot Sessions "Zulia Conspiracy" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:45:06

348: World Folklore: Untitled Goose Episode

12/20/2023
Two myths and a lie! Two stories this week are tales from world folklore. One is a tale created by us for this episode. Check out the poll in our Instagram stories (https://instagram.com/mythsandlegends) or vote on the site if you're not on Instagram (https://myths.link/348) to let us know which one you think is the lie! -- Sponsors: BetterHelp: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. Try AG1: the daily Foundational Nutrition supplement that supports whole-body health. https://drinkAG1.com/LEGENDS -- Music: "Derano" by Blue Dot Sessions "November Mist" by Blue Dot Sessions "Some Nights End" by Blue Dot Sessions "Watercress" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:45:08

347: Viking Legends: Fool Me Once

12/13/2023
The story of Ketil Trout is about growing up and learning to be your own person. It's a coming-of-age tale with giant fights, dragon slaying, and outlaw who know way to many trout facts. The creature, Nure-onna, is that woman down by the beach who is not-so-secretly also a quarter-mile-long snake. Links! Doorstop buddy: https://myths.link/doorstopbuddy Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Butter in the Middle Ages, because I knew you wanted to know: https://academic.oup.com/book/2756/chapter-abstract/143245170?redirectedFrom=fulltext https://www.butterjournal.com/butter-history/ -- Sponsors! Factor is making a difference for us this holiday. Try fresh, flavor-packed meals delivered to your door, ready in just 2 minutes without the prep at https://FactorMeals.com/legends50 MasterClass makes a meaningful gift this season, for you and anyone on your list. Boost confidence with practical takeaways from the world’s best at https://MasterClass.com/myths When you give Bombas this holiday, you’re giving more comfort and more good. We love Bombas, and it’s the perfect gift this year: https://bombas.com/legends with code: legends -- Music: "Elmore Heights" by Blue Dot Sessions "Vik Fence Lardha" by Blue Dot Sessions "Steady" by Chad Crouch "Valladolid Funeral" by Blue Dot Sessions "Illustrated Novel" by Chad Crouch

Duration:00:49:27

346: Athena: Friends in Need

12/6/2023
Tales of everyone's favorite Olympian in charge of warfare, wisdom (& crafts!): Athena. Well, everyone's favorite except for anyone who has been led to a grisly adventurer fate by her. Or been turned into a monster by her. Or has adopted a snake from her. Or... The creature is Hyena Man! He's way worse than the DC Comics supervillain that shares his name because he will literally eat children. Disclaimer: https://myths.link/346 Hyena men: https://myths.link/hyenas Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Try AG1: the daily Foundational Nutrition supplement that supports whole-body health. https://drinkAG1.com/LEGENDS Indeed: Get your jobs more visibility and match with the candidates you need at https://Indeed.com/LEGENDS Hello Fresh: Skip the grocery store with HelloFresh and enjoy farm-fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and seasonal recipes delivered to your doorstep. Go to https://HelloFresh.com/mythsfree and use code "mythsfree" for free breakfast for life (one breakfast item per box while subscription is active). Uncommon Goods: Find the perfect gift for anyone and everyone in your life with the help of Uncommon Goods: https://UncommonGoods.com/LEGENDS --- Music: "Elderberry" by Chad Crouch "Freesia" by Chad Crouch "Delham Corner" by Blue Dot Sessions "Darkened Treeline" by Blue Dot Sessions "Qi" by Blue Dot Sessions "La Focsa" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:49:16

345: Welsh legends: Fetch Quest

11/29/2023
The story of Culhwch and Olwen is that of a thousand quests and why it's probably ok to name your baby after the place they were born...but maybe not if they were born in a literal pigsty. The creature this week is the Hydrus, who is not the Lernian Hydra, of Heracles fame, but it does get a second act as a Biblical metaphor. Culhwch and Olwen: https://myths.link/fetchquests Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsor: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- Music: "Dandelions" by Chad Crouch "Space" by Chad Crouch "Edgeworthia" by Chad Crouch "Peonies" by Chad Crouch "Moonrise" by Chad Crouch

Duration:00:42:02

344: Armenian folklore: Giants, Giants Everywhere

11/22/2023
The story of Mirza, from Armenian folklore, and why it pays to be a heavy sleeper. Also, if you find your incredibly angry, stinky uncle chained up in a closet...it's probably best to leave him there. If you can. The creature this week is Big Bird! If Big Bird ate corpses... The story of Mirza: https://myths.link/mirza Bacon Bandages: https://myths.link/baconbandages --- Music: "Bossa Boa" by Blue Dot Sessions "Crosswire" by Blue Dot Sessions "Halpver" by Blue Dot Sessions "Where we Make our Stand" by Chad Crouch "Pacific Wrens (Instrumental)"" by Chad Crouch --- Sponsors: Kickstart your holiday shopping with Uncommon Goods. We’re all out of the ordinary: https://UncommonGoods.com/legends

Duration:00:43:48

343: British Legends: Mr. Nice Knight

11/15/2023
A knight learns that generosity for those in need is good. Generosity to the point where you're in a worse spot than those you're helping? Maybe it's time to make a budget. Also, why you should follow that very, very stinky man in the woods. The creature is the Hobyah! Despite their fun sounding name, they're horrible. Their victims, sadly, are not much better. --- Amadas: https://myths.link/amadas The Manatea: https://myths.link/manatea The membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Learn from the best to become your best. Give the gift of MasterClass this holiday season! https://masterclass.com/myths --- Music: "Village Keeper" by Blue Dot Sessions "Mill Wyrm" by Blue Dot Sessions "Backwards Flow" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:35:02

342: Japanese folklore: Lord Long Legs

11/8/2023
Lord Long Legs is a spider daimyo with ruthless mantis samurai. Sazaye has an impenetrable shell that will always keep him safe. An eel grilling couple discovers a secret in their midst. Three stories collide on this week's episode. The creature is why hydration might actually be hazardous to your health. --- Sponsors: Uncommon Goods: Whoever you’re shopping for, Uncommon Goods knows exactly what they want. Find it here: https://UncommonGoods.com/legends Bombas: Give more this holiday in more ways than one, with Bombas. Ready to go Gift Boxes, socks, underwear, t-shirts, slippers. All here: https://bombas.com/legends WITH code: legends Simplisafe: Protect your home inside and out, with SimpliSafe: https://simplisafe.com/legends --- Music: "Bon Journee" by Chad Crouch "Villano" by Blue Dot Sessions "Road to Jordan" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lonely Stairwell" by Blue Dot Sessions "Drizzle" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:37:47

341: Greek Mythology: The Huntress

11/1/2023
What happens when you mix chastity, violence, and absolutely zero private baths? The history of the Olympian Artemis...and a whole lot of problems. The creature this week is the Heinzelmännchen, the little naked men who live in your walls. Nic Cage spoons: https://myths.link/spooons Disclaimer: https://myths.link/341 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Indeed! Join more than 3 million businesses worldwide that use Indeed to hire great talent fast at https://Indeed.com/legends Canva! Collaborate with Canva for Teams, and see why we use it almost every day: https://canva.me/MYTHS --- Music: "Brer Krille" by Blue Dot Sessions "The Gran Dias" by Blue Dot Sessions "Uncertain Ground" by Blue Dot Sessions "Don Germaine" by Blue Dot Sessions "Dawn Line Approaching" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:46:51

340: Halloween: The Night that the Skeletons Came to Life

10/25/2023
A Halloween story about the specter bridegroom. A bridegroom. Who's also a specter...and the bride who's actually really ok with that. The creature is a little piggy with soul. Your soul, to be exact. Disclaimer: https://myths.link/340 Banana injector: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CPSCLSW Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsor: Masterclass! Learn from the best to become your best, with MasterClass: https://masterclass.com/myths --- Music: "Spring Migration" by Chad Crouch "Vik Fence Haflak" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sixmile Piano" by Blue Dot Sessions

Duration:00:37:00

339: Norse Legends, Part 2: Fjord of the Rings

10/18/2023
The story of Frithiof and Ingeborg is rife with evil trolls, good trolls, sea witches, land witches, and how to move on when the tragedy of the past has changed you (into an actual troll). The creatures this week are Havman and Havfrue, Danish mer-people who might mer-der you or just give you a nice mer-ssage to relax. Mer. Sources: https://myths.link/339 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsor: Simplisafe: Protect your whole home with SimpliSafe Home Security. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe: https://simplisafe.com/legends --- Music: "Daybreak" by Chad Crouch "Dusk" by Chad Crouch "Invicta" by Blue Dot Sessions "Manaan" by Blue Dot Sessions "Small Hours" by Chad Crouch "The Gloaming" by Chad Crouch "A Convocation" by Chad Crouch "Bird Language" by Chad Crouch

Duration:00:44:37