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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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Now displaying: May, 2016
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.

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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

 

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