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Myths and Legends

Jason Weiser tells 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.
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Aug 24, 2016

It's the conclusion of the Lancelot story, and we'll immediately pick up after last week's fairly cheap cliffhanger ending. He'll finally see the end of his quest... Either by plummeting to the choppy waters below...or by the lions on the other side of the sword...or the castle full of people who want to kill him on the other side of the lions.

The creature is the Tannarak, who just wants to date you or steal your child. It really does not care, which is fairly problematic.

The discussion post and the disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4180/41c-lancelot-complicated/

Link for the new show: https://www.mythpodcast.com/new-show-form/

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Aug 17, 2016

Things get weird on Lancelot's journey to become a knight of the Round Table...if Merlin trying to pick up a twelve-year-old last week wasn't strange enough. This week has ancient prophecies, a dangerous quest, a father and son stalker duo, kind of too much hair-smelling, and a sleazy innkeeper. Arthur has a particularly bad month, where his two closest friends turn in their resignations.

The creature this week will protect your kids...by kidnapping them?

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Music:

"Feldspar" by Poddington Bear

"Flute Feet" by Poddington Bear

"Hundy Mil Tight" by Poddington Bear

"Into the Unknown" by Poddington Bear

"One Quiet Conversation" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Outside the Terminal" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Ray Gun Lull" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Provisions" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Ants" by Rolemusic

Aug 10, 2016

We're back in the time of King Arthur, picking up right about where we stopped off last time (though you don't need to have heard last time to listen today). We'll be talking about the story of Lancelot - where this incredibly important character came from and why he's know as Lancelot of the Lake (spoiler alert, he grew up in a lake). Merlin gets weird, and we catch up with a certain lion-befriending knight that helped to kick off this whole podcast.

The creature is the bouncy bear who is basically a bullet-proof superhero...if all superheroes did was eat horses and sleep.

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American Gods on Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/American-Gods-The-Tenth-Anniversary-Edition-A-Full-Cast-Production-Audiobook/B0055274U2/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1470797939&sr=1-1

Discussion post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4161/41a-lancelot-stolen-child/

Music:

"It's always too late to start over" by Chris Zabriskie

"Twelve Monkeys (Instrumental Version)" by Josh Woodward

"Black is the Color" by Poddington Bear

"Lone Road" by Poddington Bear

"Old Skin" by Poddington Bear

"Spinning Meter" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Rampart" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Two Boys and a Girl" by Poddington Bear

Aug 3, 2016

Five stories of a very savvy, completely unscrupulous turtle from Nigeria. He's a trickster we've met before, but he has an entire episode of semi-murderous turtle hijinks. Even though turtles are cute and seemingly harmless, they should not be trusted under any circumstances ever. You should also avoid going into business with them, when possible.

The creature this week is the hyosube, from Japanese folklore. He's a crazy little guy who will give you fevers for just being polite.

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All music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions.

Jul 27, 2016

Born in ice and fire, Norse mythology starts violently...and strangely. There's a blood ocean, a giant primeval cow, and some light grandpa murder. Thor and Loki take two kids on a field trip to Jotunheim, where, like any family vacation, Thor gets in a drinking contest and wrestles an old lady. Then, Odin travels to the far reaches of the void for wisdom and learns that he must pay a terrible price only to learn that the end, when the universe will once again be bathed in ice and fire, is coming.

The creature of the week is the sandman and you shouldn't let your kids listen to it, especially if it's right before bedtime. Basically, growing up in the middle ages was terrible and I don't know how anyone made it out without some severe psychological trauma.

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Music:

"Virality Ratio" by Steve Combs and Simon Mathewson

"Pilgrimage-initiation" by Wayne Kinos 

"The Origination" by Nihilore

All other music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 13, 2016

The Conclusion of the "Story of Hong Gildong" takes us from the household drama of last episode to a story that spans the entirety of the Korean peninsula, with Gildong earning his title of the Korean Robin Hood. It then moves beyond Korea to mythical lands, where Gildong battles demons and becomes a doctor. Or pretends to be a doctor. I mean, it's a frontier setting in the 1600s, let's not split hairs. It's basically the same thing.

The creature this time, is cactus cat. It's a cat who wants to get drunk and party like it's 1910.

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Music:

All music  by Blue Dot Sessions and Poddington Bear. Except for the awesome chip tune song by Role Music.

Jul 6, 2016

Hong Gildong has been called the Korean Robin Hood, but really oversimplifies the story. It is both an awesome adventure tale with dragons, magic, assassins, demons, bandits, and betrayal, and a complex human drama, where one young man must find and understand his place in the world. It's both action-packed, and heartbreaking. The titular character, Gildong, was born a second-class citizen, and he was determined to make a way for himself in a world that kept pushing him down, even if that meant living outside the law. This is his story.

The creature this time is the saalah, and they are what happens when a mommy genie and a daddy human (or the other way around) love each other very much.

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Jun 29, 2016

Hercules is as terrible as he is awesome. There are sea monsters, centaurs, people being thrown off of things, Hydra poison, and Hercules making ridiculous choices. Basically, it's everything you could want from a Hercules episode. Oh, and he dies, because apparently he can do that.

The creature this time is the Mamagwasewug, and he just wants to borrow a smoke off you...or he'll burn your house down.

 

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Music:

"Cheap suit" by Jason Staczek

"Silence" by Kai Engel

"Deserted City" by Kai Engel

"At the End Everyone Dies" by Kai Engel

"Leafless Quince Tree" by Rolemusic

All other music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions.

Bibliography:

"Metamorphoses" by Ovid 9:1-282

"The Women of Trachis" by Sophocles

"The Library of Greek Mythology" by Apollodorus 2:6-8

"Library of History" by Diodorus Siculus 4:32

"The Greek Myths" by Robert Graves

Jun 22, 2016

An abbreviated history of Pocahontas and John Smith, this episode looks at the conflict largely from the Powhatan side. This isn't the Disney version. It is gritty, dark, violent, and, if Mattaponi oral history is to be trusted, fairly disturbing. Still, it tells the story of a clash of worlds, and one woman who stood in the middle to bring a brief peace.

The creature this week lives in lime trees and, in return for probably not paying rent, will hurt you if you're mean to the tree.

Our sponsors:

www.MackWeldon.com (promo code MYTHS)

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My interview on The Podcast Digest:

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The Disclaimer (and post):

https://www.mythpodcast.com/4096/36b-pocahontas-two-streams/

Music:

"What does anybody know about anything" by Chris Zabriskie

All other music (besides intro/outro and COTW) by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions

Jun 15, 2016

The story of Pocahontas and John Smith has turned from compelling historical story of a brave woman who united two warring nations, to a melodramatic, oversimplified love story. In reality, Pocahontas likely never view Smith as more than a friend, since she was 11 when they first met. But they won't meet quite yet. We need to talk about the world they both inhabit, and the nations that will collide in the early 17th century.

Then, on the creature of the week, you'll see why you want to bring hair clippers when checking on your infant in the middle of the night.

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Music:

"Wipe my Face Away" by Keshco

"Cloudz" by Jahzzar

All other music by Poddington Bear

Jun 8, 2016

This is not the Beauty and the Beast you've heard. It's not even the story the one you've heard is based on. That one is a super-pared-down version of an 18th century French novella. The original contains way too much description about fairy politics and power structures, 18th century Pandora, and an idea for a "Downton Abbey" reboot...with monkeys.

The creature of the week is Papa Bois, from Trinidad and Tobago. He will show you why regular exercise and a balanced diet of strangers lost in the forest will keep you healthy well into old age.

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The other awesome sponsor: Casper. All that in the ad was true. These things are amazing.

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The discussion post with all the fun links

Music:

"March" by Kai Engel

"Train" by Sergey Cheremisinov

"Usless Confusion" by much,

"Comet Trails" by Moon

"She Does Her Best (feat. Small Colin)" by Six Umbrellas

"Falling into You" by Little Glass Men

"Captain Socrates" by Nihilore

"Everest" by Scott Holmes

"Stay 17" by Peter Rudenko

"Todas las promesas" by Gumbel

"Space(Outro)" by Andy G. Cohen

"Breeeze" by Jelsonic

"Dizzy Spells - Instrumental" by Josh Woodward

"Midnight Undercover" by Jelsonic

"Seasong" by Jelsonic

 

Jun 1, 2016

Two stories from Greek Mythology: first, it's the story of Sisyphus, who you might know from his interminable, crushing labor, but who actually really deserved that punishment because of how horrible he was. The second story is of good-guy-Bellerophon, Sisyphus's grandson, who is constantly having that football pulled out from under him just as he is about to kick it.

The creature is an 80-foot-tall, sneaky Japanese skeleton who has a drinking problem...in that he has a difficult time drinking the blood spewing from his decapitated victims.

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Music:

"Factory Time" by Visager

"Captive" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"The Origination" by Nihilore

"Escape Pod" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"F*** Yeh, Capitalism!" by Nihilore

"What Lurks in the Blind Spot of a God?" by Nihilore

"Beat the Burglar" by Scott Holmes

"Liberosis" by Nihilore

"Young Love (Bonus Track)" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"Ants" by Rolemusic

"Homage to John Carpenter" by Squire Tuck

May 18, 2016

As you've probably come to expect, the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, perhaps the second most famous story from One Thousand and One Nights, is much more violent than modern adaptations would have us believe. Medieval Persia was a dangerous place, and you needed to have your wits, a lot of luck, and apparently an extremely loyal, wily slave girl to survive.

The creature this week is the Nix, and it will give you yet another reason to shout at strangers in the grocery store.

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Music:

"Golden" by Little Glass Men

"The Falsehood of Positivity" by Rowan Box

"Cavern" by Jahzzar

"XX" by Jahzzar

"CGI Snake" by Chris Zabriskie

"Wonder Cycle" by Chris Zabriskie

"Night Without Sleep (Instrumental)" by David Mumford

"Arcade Paradise" by Scott Holmes

 

May 11, 2016

Three stories of tricksters. We have Coyote from Native American mythology giving great gifts and racing a turtle. There's also Anansi the spider-man from West African folklore, who is trying to buy the stories of the world. We also catch up with our old friend Loki from Norse mythology, who just wants to give Thor's wife an impromptu, un-asked-for haircut.

The creature of the week is an emaciated horse who will either play harmless pranks on you, or crush you to death in the street.

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Music:

"Waltz Ohia" by Fields Ohio

"Redhead" by Jahzzar

"Modulation of the Spirit" by Little Glass Men

"Wild Ones" by Jahzzar

"The Beat Influence" by Cullah

"Theme K" by Steve Combs and the Delta Is

"Inner Light" by Kevin MacLeod

 

May 4, 2016

The conclusion of the Saga of Arrow-Odd, a man who is destined to live 300 years, yet cursed to be killed by his favorite horse. He's watched his friends and brothers die in his struggle with his adversary, the evil half-troll Ogmund, but this battle is destined to stretch over centuries, into a world that looks completely different to both of them.

The creatures this week hang out in pantries, and either tempt you with too much cake or destroy your ill-gotten, likely buttercat-acquired food.

Our awesome sponsor with their awesome boxes, Lootcrate. Don't forget code "LEGENDS" for $3 off!

Music:

"Everybody's Got Problems that Aren't Mine" by Chris Zabriskie

"Back in Time" by Jason Staczek

"What does Anybody Know About Anything" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cheap Suit" by Jason Staczek

"You've Sent for the Absent" by Rowan Box

"Royal Flush" by Keshco

"Shadowplay (goth dream pop)" by Keshco

"Thoughtful" by Lee Rosevere

"Yokushun" by Rolemusic

"Saying Goodbye in the Rain (piano)" by Jelsonic

 

Apr 27, 2016

The saga of the legendary Viking Arrow-Odd contains trolls, ogres, giants, magic arrows, and a sorceress getting smacked in the nose. The mistakes of one Viking's past...or just a Viking being a Viking, haunt him. There's a dangerous Viking teddy bear, and if an angry, famed warrior offers to show you his arrows up close, do not take him up on that offer.

On the creature of the week, you'll see that when you're at the supermarket, someone might just secretly be a giant purple blob that lives in the river.

Our sponsor: Audible

The other sponsor: Lootcrate (don't forget the code "LEGENDS")

Music:

"Theme I" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"Sirian Star" by Ars Sonor 

"Casual Uncertainties" by Gurdonark

"Words Fall Apart (Instrumental)" by Josh Woodward

"Scale-Free" by Oorlab

"Buffering" by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots

"Polar Vortex" by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots

"Peekdoor Quest" by Rolemusic

 

Apr 20, 2016

A story from Chilean folklore about the smartest woman in the world, her talking shoe, and a prince that deserved a slap on the face.

The creatures this week are the abatwa, from South Africa, and you'll learn why ants are the best roommates ever.

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Music:

"Puzzle Pieces" by Lee Rosevere

"a long night" by bbatv

"Play Pelagic" by Little Glass Men

"Neon Hippies" by Fields Ohio

"Hedonic State" by Mike B. Fort

"Theme W" by Steve Combs & Delta Is

"Deep Cave (Dip and Cavern Remix)" by Jahzzar

Apr 13, 2016

Two stories from the Grimm brothers, both of which have people going up, but in different ways. The first is the story of Rapunzel, and the second is about a small tailor who uses one success to face giants, a rampaging boar, and a unicorn when seeking the hand of the princess. The only problem? His greatest achievement may be based on a lie, and he's either the world's smoothest con man or completely delusional. Or both.

The creature this week is a stack of old weasels. That catch things on fire.

Sponsors:

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Music:

"Satellites and Waterfalls" by Nihilore

"Where it Goes" by Jahzzar

"The Journey" by Marcos H. Bolanos

"AS Nihilism Gives Way to Existentialism" by Nihilore

"Windy Bluffs" by Visager

"Scramby Eggs" by Andy G. Cohen

"Beat the Burglar" by Scott Holmes

"We Can Make You Feel Alive Wholesale" by Winjer3

"Wipe my Face Away" by Keshco

"Seasong" by Jelsonic

Apr 6, 2016

The much-requested story of Prometheus, a Titan who was cursed by Zeus to have his liver pecked out every day for defying the Olympian and bringing fire to the earth. We'll also talk about the Titanomachy, the very literal clash of the Titans at the very beginning of Greek mythology, where Zeus comes to power and we all learn that any policy that involves crazy paranoia is basically the only one a Greek god considers.

The creature is the gooseberry wife, but unlike the name, and the berries she protects, she is not sweet, and might eat your child.

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Music:

"The Faslehood of Positivity" by Rowan Box

"Owls" by Jazzar

"Captive" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"Gminor long delays" by Solo Bass Steve

"Liberosis" by Nihilore

"Something (Bonus Track)" by Kai Engel

"Kelp Grooves" by Little Glass Men

"May" by Kai Engel

 

Apr 5, 2016

Old foes resurface as Balin, the fugitive knight, flees from King Arthur's court. He'll find himself on a perilous (and, at times, ridiculous) quest, where he'll inadvertently put the events in motion that will start the quest for the Holy Grail. Oh, and Arthur gets the Round Table and gets married.

The creature this week is the little naked person buried just below the ground who will scream horrendously if you try to pick him out. Also, he might just kill you.

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Music:

“Decompression” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Celadon” by Podington Bear

“Waltz Opus Posthume” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Now You Are Here” by Sergey Cheremisinov

“Lorca” by Thorn1

“Independent Film” by Steve Combs

“Chasing the Port Chains” by Rolemusic

“Turquoise” by Podington Bear

“March” by Kai Engel

“Midnight Blue” by Podington Bear

“Sepia” by Podington Bear

“Trillium” by Podington Bear

Mar 23, 2016

When we left king Arthur, the monstrous Questing Beast was lumbering toward him. We'll learn all about that beast and the line of kings cursed to hunt it. Then, Merlin shows up with a chilling plan to solve the problem of the child that is destined to grow up to destroy Arthur. We'll also meet Balin, a disgraced knight who just got out of jail and meets with an unexpected quest for redemption...that might just curse all of England.

On the creature of the week, you'll learn why you want to stock up on pineapples, especially if you are pregnant and don't want this mosquito-like vampire coming after you.

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Mar 16, 2016

The story of the legendary King Arthur, from just after when he pulled the sword from the stone.Though he's in his late-teens or early-twenties, he is not at all taken seriously by his barons or petty kings, who revolt almost immediately. Less than one year into his reign, he is hiding behind the walls of a castle waiting for the best moment to escape, all while Merlin stands atop the wall shooting fire at the armies assembled out front.

The creature of the week is the Mahaha, and you'll see yet another reason why you shouldn't trust the blue shirtless man wanting to tickle you.

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Music:

“Far from Home” by Ketsa

“Floor Shine” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Pl4y1ng” by Rolemusic

“Wounds” by Ketsa

“Denzel Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Sunset” by Kai Engel

“Springtime” by Poddington Bear

“Forgetfulness” by Ketsa

Mar 9, 2016

This week: two folktales from Japan. One is about a humble, happy stone cutter who becomes a power-mad, bitter stone cutter. The other is about, surprise surprise, supernatural occurrences at a Buddhist temple in a remote mountain region.

The creature of the week is...or are...the blue men of the Minch. They are blue, men, and very, very good at writing poetry.

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Music:

"Fistful of Dub" by Spinning Merkaba

"Brooks" by Kai Engel

"Byte" by NWMA

"Weathervane" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Teenage Dream" by  Yusuki Tsutsumi

"Thoughtful" by Lee Rosevere

"Under Suspicion" by Lee Rosevere

"XX" by Jahzzar

"Lil Couak Part 1" by Couak Vador

"Paper Napkin" by Blue Dot Sessions

 

Mar 2, 2016

The story of a famous dragon from the folklore of north east England is filled with knights, curses, and, of course, the need to kill your favorite childhood dog. The story of the Lambton Worm is a quest for redemption where many people die because of a young man who just wants to yell cuss words at children and throw his trash in a well.

The creature of the week is the butter cat. That should be enough to want to listen to the creature of the week.

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Music:

"Another Version of You" by Chris Zabriskie

"Whispering Through" by Asura

"Heart and Mind" by Kai Engel

"Ride with the Moon" by TRG Banks

"Touch the Darkness" by Kai Engel

"Horse Ride 1" by TRG Banks

 

Feb 24, 2016

Norse mythology, like all mythology, is strange. Thor's hammer is gone. It was stolen...or he just left it somewhere and forgot about it. To get it back, though, he's going to have to do something more difficult than fighting legions of giants. He's going to need to get married.

And there's the origin of poetry, which contains way more men formed from spit than you'd expect for the origin of poetry.

On the creature of the week, seriously, just stay out of the woods. It never ends well. Except when it does, and you find love and learn to put on a puppet show.

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The Prose Edda - THE source for Norse Mythology

Music:

"Beeth" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"An Opus in Bb" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Witch Laws" by Dlay

"Hanami Matsuri" by Fabian Measures

"It's Always Too Late to Start Over" by Chris Zabriskie

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