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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: July, 2020
Jul 29, 2020

In one story, a dragon is rampaging around the countryside unless he gets his favorite meal: teenage girls. In the other, a young woman trapped in an impossible situation meets a new friend who might just be able to save her: a parrot with a secret. Two stories with two very different heroines who share one defining characteristic: their unbreakable will to survive.

On the creature of the week, when it comes to making a deal with the devil, you could choose infinite wealth, power, or epic guitar skills...or you could do what the strix did and become a stinky owl monster.

Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14475/190-chinese-folklore-fierce/

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Music:

"Where it all happened" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Dark Skies Above" by Bobby Cole
"Lemon and Melon" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Betty Dear" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Topslides" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Low Slopes" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Really Scary Piano Music" by Bobby Cole
"Artic Draba" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Sincerely Yours" by Podington Bear

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Links:

A discussion of gender and Confucianism as it relates to the first story today: https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/blog/corrections/li-chis-historiography-totally-wack

Jul 22, 2020

In the third and final part of our series on the Nibelungenlied, the hero of the story, Siegfried, is dead and his wife, the princess, has a score to settle.

The creature this week is the strong toad, a super cool toad who can read your mind, but he's so nice and definitely not making me write this right now.

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Music:

"Prayer" by Enzo Orefice
"Plasticity" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Clockwork by Michele Nobler"
"Kreis" by Luis Berra
"Chain link" by Blue Dot Sessions
"A Florentine Story" by Michele Nobler
"Cicle Deserrat" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 15, 2020

We pick up right where we left off last week: Gunther has tricked his way into marrying Brunhild, and Brunhild decided to give him a minor test of strength on their wedding night. He failed, and ended up naked and hog-tied, yelling out for help while dangling upside down from the rafters.

The creature is the Tsurube-otoshi (釣瓶落とし), from Japan, who will go head-to-head with you in the forest. Because its a giant head.

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"Two boys and a girl" by Podington Bear
"Places" by Michael Vignola
"Shapeshifters" by Podington Bear
"Sad Goodbyes" by Mark Kueffner
"Dark Time Ticking" by Robert Valenti
“We are Nowhere” by Sander Kalmeijer
"Sad Hymn" by Ceiri Torjussen

Jul 8, 2020

The story starts out with one prince slaying a dragon and getting rich. It starts there. The wild ride of the Nibelungenlied has echoes of one of our most beloved stories, the Saga of the Volsungs, with it's over-the-top characters, the ridiculous situations, the betrayals, and, yes, dragon fights.

The creature is a dragon cat with poison breath.

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Music:

"Order of Entrance" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Palladian" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Highway 430" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Ranch Hand" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Elegant Weasel" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Searching for Hope" by Neil Cross
"In the Box" by Blue Dot Sessions

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God of War:

The podcast:

On the site (go down to "The Lost Pages"): https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/god-of-war-ps4/

Youtube link

The Stollenwurm: https://godofwar.fandom.com/wiki/Tatzelwurm

Jul 1, 2020

Two stories from the bawdy, funny, and oftentimes deeply unsettling 17th century fairytale author Giambattista Basile, both of which have to do with pets. The first pet is a rooster, whose owner just can't bring himself to kill it. No judgement there. The second pet is a flea...the size of a lamb.

The creature this week is a cat that's either evil and smells like a skunk dog, a hero who defeated a demon, or a hunter who needs a toothbrush.

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Music:
"Cake" by Podington Bear
"Quatrefoil" by Podington Bear
"Scaffoldings" by Podington Bear
"Leafeaters" by Podington Bear
"Go to Sleep" by Podington Bear
"Lerennis" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Sunbeam" by Blue Dot Sessions

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