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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: November, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

The legend of the White Snake is one of the four great folktales of China. Today, we start that with an act of kindness, demons lurking in the places we can’t look, and a (misguided?) monk hoping to bring justice.

When the creature this week has time off, it prefers crashing funerals and projectile vomiting on strangers.

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Nov 20, 2019

There's a surprising amount to the story of Hansel and Gretel. There's your average fairy tale weirdness, like load-bearing cake and aquatic duck Uber, but there's an unexpected humanity in the story that I think is overlooked. I hope you like it.

The creature is punyaiama, from India, and she's the reason you can't get drunk in your own home.

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"Re:Joyce" by Podington Bear

"Running on Empty" by Podington Bear

"Tarnish" by Podington Bear

"Warbled Reflection" by Podington Bear

"The Snowgarden" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Stack Me Up" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Highride" by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 13, 2019

The story of the 47 Ronin is a historical tale where a powerful daimyo is shamed and killed by a greedy official…the only issue? The victim had dozens of loyal samurai, and they’re not about to forget what happened to the man they served.

The creature is Pricolici, from Romania, a were-dog that is anything but man’s best friend.

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“Bell Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Cicle Vascule” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Cover Letter” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Doubled” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Vik Fenceta Lan” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Waypoint” by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 6, 2019

Two stories from Japanese folklore today dealing with the consequences of our actions. The first has a woman chasing a dumpling across her floor…and into a mysterious, far-away land. The second is what happens when a horrible tragedy brings two people together…only to have their fates tear them apart.

The creature is the Peluda, a vicious turtle dragon (not Bowser, though) who’s mad about not being allowed on Noah’s ark. He’s working out his emotions in…less than healthy ways (by killing everything).

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Jizo article: 

http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/cabinet-curiosities-jizo-statues-japan

Music:

“Dog and Pony Show” by Podington Bear

“Evenhanded” by Podington Bear

“Order of Entrance” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Clouds at the Gap” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Um Pepino” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Min” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Releasing the Sculpture” by Podington Bear

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