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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: January, 2017
Jan 25, 2017

The first story today is from the Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Maliseet people, about all the things that can go wrong when creating the animals and why you shouldn't drink gross monster waste water. The second story is from Cree fokllore, about Monster Skunk farting everyone to death because this is a serious podcast that takes itself very seriously.

The creature is evil. Literally, she is the embodiment of evil from Russian folklore...a little old lady living in the woods.

The Heifer International fundraiser: https://fundraise.heifer.org/mythpodcast

Music:

"Yellow Dust" by Rolemusic

"Straw Fields" by Rolemusic

"Rarified" by Podington Bear

"Mirabelle" by Podington Bear

"Pacing" by Blue Dot Session

"Fragile, Do Not Drop" by Podington Bear

"Call Now" by Podington Bear

"In the Back Room" by Blue Dot Session

"Independent Film" by Steve Combs

"Feather on the Crest" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 18, 2017

This week, there are two stories from Japanese folklore.  The first has to do with  a butterfly that just won't give up trying to land on the face of a dying man. The second is of a monk-in-training who just doesn't want to stop partying.

The creature is Hedley Cow, and she will give you hope that that the relationship with your crush might work out...but will leave you standing alone in the swamp.

Sponsors:

Check out http://audible.com/myths for some excellent audiobooks. The one I recommended on today's show was "Mythology" by Edith Hamilton.

Music:

"The Face on the Thrush" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tendon" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Planting Flags" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Silent Flock" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Orange Juicier" by Podington Bear

"Grey Grey Joe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Path Unwinding" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slow Lights" by Lee Rosevere

"Summer Days" by Kai Engel

Links:

An abridged English version of the Lotus Sutra

The gummy bear anatomy kit

 

Jan 11, 2017

A story of a young woman from Nepal who has a (sadly) common problem for folklore, but a very uncommon solution. Also she eats goat vomit. She probably doesn't enjoy it, though.

The creature this time is the Habetrot, and she'll make you want to wear stone glasses...and them promptly throw them down in horror and run away.

The Myths and Legends store is now up! Check it out at http://www.mythpodcast.com/store

Say hi to me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jasontheweiser

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The Heifer International thing:

It's just a little something we wanted to do after learning about the situation in Nepal. If you'd like to donate, we made it super-easy. Just go to http://fundraise.heifer.org/mythpodcastand you'll be redirected to the page.

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Music:

"Springtime" by Podington Bear

"Spring Comes Early" by Podington Bear

"Just Watching" by Podington Bear

"Golden Hour" by Podington Bear

"Clover" by Little Glass Men

"Your Pulse" by Little Glass Men

"A Night to Kill and Die" by Gumbel

Jan 4, 2017

This story from the Grimm brothers has giants, witches, magical animal organs, enchanted produce, and a helpful (and maybe a little homicidal) cloud buddy who just wants to aid you in finding the next steps on the journey that is life. This story is bizarre and wonderful and a testament to the endurance of love and the continuing admonishment to avoid entering spooky castles in dark folklore forests.

The creature this time is from Wales and has to try really, really had to place her one tusk-like vampire tooth in your neck before you wake up.

If you want to say hi, http://www.twitter.com/mythpodcast and http://www.facebook.com/mythpodcast are great places.

We also opened the Myths and Legends store at http://www.mythpodcast.com/store

Music:

"Spins and Never Falls" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Chrome Muffler" by Podington Bear

"Automatic" by Podington Bear

"Am Trans" by Podington Bear

"Pavement Hack" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Intermezzo" by Podington Bear

"Grebe" by Podington Bear

"Giving Tree" by Podington Bear

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