The Mythology Podcast
Myth, Folklore & Legend
Myth, Folklore & Legend
MPC 031 : Halloween, Samhain, Allhallowtide
In this episode we’ll meet the patron Saint of the Internet, a disembodied head that speaks, swan maidens, a Celtic goddess that strangles people with her hair, and more. And also learn about Halloween. The post MPC 031 : Halloween, Samhain, Allhallowtide appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 029 : Legends of Lycanthropy
Awoooooooo! In this episode, we're going to get into some werewolf lore from Latvia, Iceland, Armenia, Argentina, and elsewhere. Almost every part of the globe has espoused a belief in were-creatures at some point or another, with werewolves being particularly ubiquitous. We'll sample a few choice tales from the world's diverse trove of lycanthropic legends in this segment. The post MPC 029 : Legends of Lycanthropy appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 028 : Haitian Vodou (Part 2)
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MPC 027 : Haitian Vodou (Part 1)
This episode looks at some of the history of Haiti and the events and circumstances that shaped the complex religious practice known as Vodou (or Voodoo or Vodun). We'll also look a bit at the loa and tackle some of the popular misconceptions about Vodou. The post MPC 027 : Haitian Vodou (Part 1) appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 026 : Bee Lore
This episode looks at bees, hives, and honey in mythology and folklore. We'll explore a bit of Ancient Egyptian magic, the birth of Zeus, a Hindu Bee Goddess, the origin of mead in the mythology of Finland, folk customs such as "telling the bees" of important events, and more. The post MPC 026 : Bee Lore appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 025 : Midsummer Solstice
In honor of the solstice, we're going to take a look at some of the mythology and folklore surrounding Midsummer. This episode looks a bit at archeoastronomy, Zoroastrianism, pre-Christian pagan Midsummer traditions, and the journey of the sun. The post MPC 025 : Midsummer Solstice appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 023 : Satan Through the Ages (Part 2)
Part 2 of Satan Through the Ages looks at the Devil as a character in folklore, both as trickster and tricked. Unfortunate souls make pacts with the devil, the devil attends a dance, mows the field of an angry farmer, and builds a bridge. We will also look at a strange case of demonic possession. The post MPC 023 : Satan Through the Ages (Part 2) appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 22 : Satan Through the Ages (Part 1)
Part 1 of "Satan Through the Ages" explores the origins and evolution of the Devil, or the idea of the Devil and evil in the world.From early Biblical texts through medieval times andthe witch trials,into the Enlightenment, we will look at the places where demons, devils, and evil spirits have lurked in the Western world. The post MPC 22 : Satan Through the Ages (Part 1) appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 021 : Yoruba Myth, Folklore, and the Orishas
An introduction to some of the basic elements of Yoruba religion and mythology. We will look at the mythology behind the city of Ife, the importance of divination, and some of the Orishas in the Yoruba pantheon. Talesin this episode involve a disembodied head, a soup with a secret ingredient, and the story behind how the crocodile became the king of the river. The post MPC 021 : Yoruba Myth, Folklore, and the Orishas appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 020 : #FolkloreThursday Interview With DeeDee Chainey
I got a chance to chat with DeeDee Chainey, one of the hosts of #FolkloreThursday on Twitter. #FolkloreThursday happens every Thursday and gives people from all over the world a space to connect and share ideas and stories related to folklore. I've been having a great time participating, myself! You can follow me @mythologypcast. The post MPC 020 : #FolkloreThursday Interview With DeeDee Chainey appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 019 : Plant Lore
Plants were traditionally used for so many things: food, clothing, craft, shelter, and, of course, medicine. It seems natural, then, that a huge volume of plantlore has developed through the ages. We look at just a bitof it in this episode, including the mandrake, the vegetable lamb of tartary, the origin of purple sage, and more. The post MPC 019 : Plant Lore appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 018 : Riddle Me This
Episode 18 of The Mythology Podcast explores some of the ancient riddles found in several mythological traditions from various parts of the world. In this episode we look at Sumerian riddles, the Sphinx, a battle of wits between Norse god Odin and the wisest of giants, the Biblical story of Samson, and some of the history behind these riddles and various interpretations and mysteries surrounding their meanings. The post MPC 018 : Riddle Me This appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 017 : The Feminomicon – Interview with artist Christopher Stoll
I chat withartist Christopher Stoll about his upcoming art book, The Feminomicon, "a fantasy-art style bestiary of incredible female myths and monsters from around the world." We discussthree particularly striking characters from the book: The Yuki-Onna (a Japanese snow yokai), The Aswang (a fetus-eating Filipino monster), and Baba Yaga (the infamous witch of Slavic folklore). The post MPC 017 : The Feminomicon – Interview with artist Christopher Stoll appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 016 : Year of the Monkey
In honor of The Year of the Monkey, as per the Chinese zodiac, we'll be looking at some mythological monkeys in this episode of The Mythology Podcast. The post MPC 016 : Year of the Monkey appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 015 : Santa Muerte
Aztec mythology, ancient Rome, and Spanish Catholicism all come into play when looking at the history of this contemporary folk saint. The post MPC 015 : Santa Muerte appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 014 : Raven
In this episode of the Mythology Podcast, we'll look at the character of Raven in the culture and mythology of indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and parts of Siberia. Raven is a dynamic figure, and he plays a variety of roles: trickster, creator, culture hero... almost always, however, he is an agent of transformation. The post MPC 014 : Raven appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 013 : Creation Stories Pt. 2
Happy New Year! Since it is a good time to be thinking about "new beginnings," I decided to do another episode on Creation Myths. We'll look at some stories from Tibet, Africa, Australia, and The Maluku ("Spice") Islands in this episode. If you haven't already, you may want to listen to Episode 1 of the podcast before listening to this one to get some background on Creation Myths. The post MPC 013 : Creation Stories Pt. 2 appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 012 : Irish Mythology
In this episode of The Mythology Podcast we will look briefly at the history of Ireland, including the arrival of the Celts, the introduction of Christianity, and the "golden age" of medieval Irish literature. We will look at the 4 cycles of Irish Mythology and check out one story from each cycle. The post MPC 012 : Irish Mythology appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 011 : Dance!
In this episode of The Mythology Podcast we'll be taking a look at a few examples of the interplay between dance and myth. The post MPC 011 : Dance! appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.
MPC 010 : Maya Hero Twins
In this episode of The Mythology Podcast, we'll be looking at the ancient Maya civilization and several stories focused on The Hero Twins of Maya mythology. We'll take a brief look at some of the history surrounding the Maya and then get into the myths, where we'll see The Hero Twins take on a giant parrot made of metal and run across some pretty cool characters such as "Blood Gatherer" and "Gouger of Faces." The post MPC 010 : Maya Hero Twins appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.