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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, 2020
Sep 16, 2020

A reboot, of sorts, of Reynard the Fox, everyone's favorite brutal, amoral trickster. I found a much older, much more nuanced version of the fox's stories. Today, we meet his father, get an origin story, and see him trying to make things right in a society run by predators...or is he working a long con to eat all the animals in his charge? With Reynard, we never really know.

The creature this week is the Talasam, who will very politely ask you for a human sacrifice.
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Music:
"Forces" by Podington Bear
"Little Door" by Podington Bear
"Away Game" by Blue Dot Sessions
“Cach” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Her Caliber” by Blue Dot Sessions
"Cicle Gerano" by Blue Dot Sessions

Sep 9, 2020

Dionysus was the god of wine from Greek myths and the last Olympian to earn a place on Mount Olympus. His story starts with him being born from Zeus's thigh...and then somehow gets weirder. He does make a lot of really fun, dangerously intense fans among the humans, though.

The creature is the Tenjoname! He's a helpful ghost who will clean your ceilings with his filthy tongue!

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Music:

“Shiny” by Podington Bear

“Um Pepino (Artos Mix)” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Silent Flock” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Tarnish” by Podington Bear

"Sylvestor" by Blue Dot Sessions

"KeoKeo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"KeoKeo (acoustic version)" by Blue Dot Sessions

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Extras:

A public domain version of the latter half of today's story: https://myths.link/bacchae

Good source on the Tenjoname: https://myths.link/tenjoname

Cardboard cutout of Guy Fieri: https://myths.link/fieri

Sep 2, 2020

A completely new version of the Mulan legend, sourced from a story from the late middle ages, so even if you think you know the Mulan story, this version has twists and turns that make her big secret, that she's a woman pretending to be a man, the least of her worries.

The creature is the Manticore! It's terrifying, but not for the reasons that it should be terrifying!

The episode post (and horrifying pictures of the Manticore): https://myths.link/194

The earlier Mulan episode based off "The Ballad of Mulan": https://myths.link/4

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Music:

"Insatiable Toad" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Inside the Origami Violin" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Cocoon Transit" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Vibrant Canopy" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Moving Emotional Piano Hero Track" by Daniel Bordovsky
"Broken" by Michael Vignola

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