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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: September, 2017
Sep 27, 2017

Threes are everywhere in folklore, and today we look at stories where they feature the most prominently: The three bears, the three little pigs, and Cinderella. The tales told and adapted for children children, the three pigs and Cinderella,  are extremely bloody and unforgiving, while the one that was originally for adults - the three bears - is about three very chill best bear friends enjoying a fun afternoon before dealing with a deeply psychologically troubled intruder.

The creature this time adds to our list of mythpodcats...and it's further proof that, given half a chance at victory, your cat wouldn't hesitate to kill you.

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Music:

"Associations" by Podington Bear

"Don't Go" by Podington Bear

"In My Head" by Podington Bear

"Rope Swing" by Podington Bear

"As I was Saying" by Lee Rosevere

"More on That Later" by Lee Rosevere

"Alphabet Soup" by Podington Bear

"Relinquish" by Podington Bear

Sep 20, 2017

The "Tale of Tales" is a very famous, moderately deranged collection of folklore from 16th century Italy. It's by the author Giambattista Basile, a storyteller who traveled the Mediterranean region collecting stories. The collection known as "Tale of Tales" follows a similar framing narrative to "1001 Nights", with the storyteller telling the king stories in a very loosely-connected fashion.

I'm not even going to say the titles for today's stories, but they are two of the most famous in the collection and wildly unpredictable. They're gross, violent, weird, and interesting - so, basically like everyday life.

The creature is a man...who is a bat. But he's not Batman, because Batman can't handle this little guy's intensity.

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Music:

"Sad Marimba Planet" by Lee Rosevere

"Are we Loose Yet?" by Blue Dot Sessions

"August (Summer Nights)" by Kai Engel

"November Mist" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Shiny" by Podington Bear

"Yellow Dust" by Rolemusic

"Swapping Tubes" by Blue Dot Sessions

"In the Back Room" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Petaluma" by Blue Dot Sessions

Sep 13, 2017

We have to go deeper.

Well, for Scheherazade to survive, she always has to have another level of story to go to - she always has to have another layer of protection, to keep the king interested or her story might end with the rising of the sun.

Luckily the king is very easy to impress because these stories are bananas.

The creature is a funny little guy who just wants to wash his beans in piece. Or eat you. Depending on how playful he's feeling.

 

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Every episode of Myths and Legends (and now Fictional!) is available on Spotify. To check it out, go to http://spotify.com/podcasts.

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Music:

"Myrian" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pieces" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slimm" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sage the Hunter" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Venndet" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Fits" by Podington Bear

"Glitter" by Podington Bear

"Samara" by Podington Bear

 

Sep 6, 2017

(Have you checked out Fictional? Check out Fictional! There are three episodes waiting for you. Go to https://fictional.fm for more info.)

The collection known as "Arabian Nights" actually has an overarching story. And it is...interesting. Full of djinn, demons, kings, and slaves, it's an incredibly interesting way to set up one of the best known collections of folklore. The framing narrative (a way to set up a story-within-a-story) is actually much more interesting than many of the stories it sets up, with betrayal, trickery, and probably the most sex and violence we've encountered so far on this podcast.

The creature this time is a wise old owl...who doesn't have a problem bringing it in the fight against demons trying to steal your fingernail clippings.

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Music:

"Changing Reality" by Kai Engel

"Modum" by Kai Engel

"All the Colors in the world" by Podington Bear

"Don't Go" by Podington Bear

"Everybody" by Podington Bear

"Falling Falling" by Podington Bear

"Turning to You" by Blue Dot Sessions

"When in the West" by Blue Dot Sessions

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