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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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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

Jun 24, 2020

Agamemnon is coming home from the Trojan War. He has no idea what's waiting for him.

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Music:

"Deadly recitation" by blue dot sessions
"Leadin" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Thin Passage" by Blue Dot Sessions
"The PI Sleeps" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Glimpse into a Dark Mind" by Lance Conrad

 

Apr 8, 2020

The Greeks finally find a way into Troy and while, yes, it's exactly the way you think they get in, there are so many ridiculous side quests on the way, including a cameo from one of Greek myth's most famous hero.

The creature is nice unicorn who will play music for you and definitely won't eat you the moment your guard is down.

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Music:

“Moving Emotional Piano hero track” by Daniel Bordovsky

“Escaping forever” by Michael Vignola

“Scallat” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Foreign” by Marshall Usinger

“The Journey” by Adrian Berengue

“Holding On” by Keith Anthony Holden

“We are nowhere” by Sander Kalmeijer

"The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan" by Chris Zabriskie

Apr 1, 2020

Achilles is back and it's god vs. god, Greek vs. Trojan, Achilles vs. Hector in the most epic battle of the Trojan War.

The creature this week, the Seto taishō, will absolutely come after you with a sharpened spoon. His weakness? Light kicks.

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Music:

“Watercool Quiet” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Thunder Comes” by Will Van De Crommert

“Gilroy Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Feel the Tension” by Bobby Cole

“Order of Entrance” by Blue Dot Sessions

“War Action Orchestra” by Denis Kotenko

“Battle on the Beach” by Bobby Cole

“Lady Lupine” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Broken” by Michael Vignola

“Places” by Michael Vignola

Feb 19, 2020

Fortune favors the bold. Or people willing to put up with a decade of junk. Or the best liars.

On this episode, there are two stories: one from Tunisia, and the other from Italy, about people who take their fate into their own hands to varying, oftentimes disastrous results.

The creature is a sad sea goat who just wants to be with all of his other sad sea goats but, because the Greek gods are the Greek gods, he’s doomed to a life of tragedy. Sorry, sad sea goat.

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“Blur and Coalesce” by Podington Bear
“Cake” by Podington Bear
“Senseless” by Podington Bear
“Sorrento” by Podington Bear
“Trickledown” by Podington Bear
“Fantasy and Denoument” by Podington Bear

Dec 11, 2019

The story of a weaving contest between a goddess and a woman challenging the cruelty and tyranny of the Olympians leads us into three more stories: Pandora's box; the great flood of the ancient Greek world; and the love story of Idas and Marpessa, two people who saw the gods taking whatever and whoever they wanted, and said "no."

The creature this week is the rolling calf. It's neither rolling nor a calf. Discuss.

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Music:

“Dense” by Podington Bear

“At Our Best Alone” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Constellation” by Podington Bear

“Matamoscas” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Little Black Cloud” by Podington Bear

“Four and Fourteen” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Broken Branch” by Podington Bear

Jun 5, 2019

We're back on the road to the Trojan War, with the story of Achilles. Starting from when his father interrupted the ritual to make him immortal, we'll follow him as he goes to that epic Greek daycare run by Chiron and watch as his mother tries to keep him away from the war that is beginning to consume the Greek world.

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Music:

"Clouds at the Gap" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Adventure" by Podington Bear

"Um Pepino" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tillis County" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Falcon Hood" by Podington Bear

"Falling Falling" by Podington Bear

Jan 9, 2019

In this prelude to the Trojan War, we learn the origin of the most famous Greek hero, and maybe the most reviled Trojan prince. Also, you shouldn't let Hera plan your wedding because a bitter decade-long war might break out because of it, and if you invite Poseidon, you're going to get an immortal horse as a gift to your wedding so, you know, invite Poseidon.

The creature this week is the Lady of the Land. There are way safer and easier ways to make money than killing dragons. Like kissing dragons on the mouth. Don't worry, I explain it in the Creature of the Week (kind of).

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Music:

"Smooth Actor" by Podington Bear

"Reckoning" by Podington Bear

"Box Canyon" by Podington Bear

"Thom Yorke at Home" by Podington Bear

"Only Lonesome" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Only Lara" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Belted Kingfisher" by Chad Crouch

Jan 2, 2019

Last week, Hera hid that she was pregnant. This week, we learn who the father isn’t, and see the births of two more important figures from Greek mythology. Also, if you’re going for the whole totalitarian dictator thing, make sure you don’t take your wine naps right next to all the people that hate you. Just saying.

The creature this week is the pipe fox. A fun little fox friend who will learn all your friends’ secrets and also rob you and everyone in your life.

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Dec 26, 2018

The origin stories of the Olympians.

The creatures this week are the Yule Lads, their mom, stepdad, and murderous cat.

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Music:

“Rainday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Pitho Magnus” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Min” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Betrayal” by Lee Rosevere

“Everywhere” by Lee Rosevere

“All the Answers” by Lee Rosevere

“Gilroy Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Campanula” by Blue Dot Sessions

Oct 17, 2018

Theseus has had a long and storied life, but now he faces his greatest challenge: after you've accomplished everything you set out to do and your name will live on for generations, what comes next?

 

The creature is the, impundulu environmentally-conscience bird who only uses alternative fuels for its tiny plane. Unfortunately, the alternative fuel is human blood.

 

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Theseus episodes:

17A: https://www.mythpodcast.com/3329/17a-theseus-its-dangerous-to-go-alone/

17B: https://www.mythpodcast.com/3339/17b-icarus-and-daedalus-a-portrait-of-the-artificer-as-a-young-man/

17C: https://www.mythpodcast.com/3390/17c-theseus-i-volunteer-as-tribute/

46A-D (Argonauts): https://www.mythpodcast.com/4228/46a-argonauts-assembly-required/

76 (Atalanta): https://www.mythpodcast.com/12714/76-greek-myths-lioness/

93A: https://www.mythpodcast.com/12938/93a-amazons-wonder-women/

93B: https://www.mythpodcast.com/12945/93b-theseus-love-and-war/

 

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Music:

"A Rush of Clear Water" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Baroque" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Curio" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dirty Wallpaper" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Myrian" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Celadon" by Podington Bear

"Tweetstorm Gathering" by Podington Bear

"Telltale" by Podington Bear

"SuzyB" by Blue Dot Sessions

"John Stockton Slow Drag" by Chris Zabriskie

"There's Probably No Time" by Chris Zabriskie

"Trap" by Jahzzar

Jan 24, 2018

I feel pretty confident saying that this episode is the most fun you'll have listening to a story about child murder and cannibalism. Jack of Jack and the beanstalk fame is a hero who's...not really a hero. He's a lazy teenager who's kind of stupid. It's ok, though, because he keeps running into a kind ogre who repeatedly feeds him and saves his life...and he repays her kindness by robbing her blind.

The second story is that of Jack the Giant Killer, which I just recently learned is a different Jack. His story loops in with King Arthur's too, and it's just a lot of fun...if waking up in matted, greasy giant hair is your idea of fun.

The creature this week is a giant pig monster from Greek mythology! Which giant pig monster? Well, that's the fun (hint: there are too many giant pig monsters in Greek mythology).

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Music:

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cylinder Two" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cicle Ariel" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lanky" by Blue Dot Sessions

"March on Gumdrop Field" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plum King" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Gall" by Podington Bear

"Villano" by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 29, 2017

There is someone that isn't happy that the family of Zeus and Hera is sitting on Olympus. Well, there are many people that aren't happy about it. Actually most people except for Zeus and his family aren't thrilled about it. Even then, they all kind of hate each other.

Regardless, someone finally comes along to do something about Zeus and his ilk. Someone from their past...and she's coming with an army...an army that has the ability to finally put an end to the Olympians once and for all.

The creature this time is a jacked angry unicorn with fabulous hair.

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Music!

"Tumult" by Kai Engel

"Periculum" by Kai Engel

"Tumbler" by Podington Bear

"Jackbird" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Black Frame" by Rolemusic

Nov 22, 2017

Two stories of just terrible, terrible fathers from Greek mythology. The first is really only in the story for a few minutes, but helps to bring about two giants that could end his reign. The second is one who admits his mistake and takes pity on the boy before trying to do right by him. And it ends much, much worse than if he had done nothing at all.

The creature this time is an elephant unicorn who has one weird trick to make you feel strong. Hydras hate him.

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Music:

"Beautocracy"

"Lullaby"

"Plum"

"Rarified"

"Aim is True"

"Tortoise Shell"

"Uptown"

by Podington Bear

"Hammer and Damper"

"Line Exchange"

"Slow Driver"

by Blue Dot Sessions

 

Aug 16, 2017

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Medusa is probably the most misunderstood villain in all of Greco-Roman Mythology, famous only for being a monster...and the hero's quest to kill her. We'll learn all about her background and follow the quest of one fated to clash with her. Also this is Greek mythology so everyone is terrible all the time always.

The creature this week is the floating head and he's kind of like Pac-man...if Pac-man had a taste for people and delicious chestnuts.

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Music:

"Toppler" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Soothe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Seamless" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Partly Sage" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Old Skin" by Podington Bear

"Little Dipper" by Podington Bear

"Astrisx" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Comet Trails" by Moon

"Orbs of Light" by Moon

 

 

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Disclaimer:

Non-graphic talk of Zeus impregnating a woman by turning into a shower of gold (?) and non-graphic talk of how Poseidon raped a woman and then the woman was blamed for it because she was irresistible.

Jul 19, 2017

The story of Atalanta is one of the woman who just couldn't be stopped...and of a world that had a big, big problem with that. Giant monster fights, meddling gods, and well-known heroes make an appearance in the story of a heroine who just can't be kept down.

The creature this week is Al, from North Africa, and he's a great reason to not run with scissors.

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Music:

"Gringo Steele Rocks the 40" by Rolemusic

"Death on the Battlefield" by Rolemusic

"Seventh Hill" by Podington Bear

"Vengeful" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tuck and Point" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Cast and Favor" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Set the Tip Jar" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Mercurial Vision" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lemon and Melon" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Andelo" by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 1, 2017

Many connected stories from Greek mythology. We'll start with story of Hades and Persephone, and learn why she's always hanging around the underworld (hint: it's not because she wants to). Then, I'll tell the story of the curse of the house of Atreus, starting with Tantalus and his questionable food choices. It's a long, dark episode, so get ready.

The creature is the Nakki, from Finland, who just wants to drown you and look good while doing it. Is that too much to ask?

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Music:

"White Filament" by Blue Dot Sessions

"What it is" by Podington Bear

"Helmer Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Thoughtful" by Lee Rosevere

"Casual Uncertainties" by Gurdonark

"Aquamarine, My Distant Blue" by Nihilore

"Deserted City" by Kai Engel

"Captain Socrates" by Nihilore

"As Nihilism Gives Way to Existentialism" by Nihilore

 

Nov 30, 2016

Two love stories from Greek mythology...because those go so well. The first is the story of Narcissus and Echo, which was doomed from the moment one jumped out of the bushes at the other for a non-consensual hug. The second story is of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus takes the (non-death) early retirement option from his heroics and just when he thought he was out...they pull him back in.

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Music:

"Twilight Grandeur" by Podington Bear

"Submerging Blue-Black" by Podington Bear

"Pop Brasilia" by Podington Bear

"Night Light" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Formant" by Podington Bear

"Filesharer's Lament" by Blanket Music

"Euphoric" by Podington Bear

"Bitter Roll" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Old Regrets" by Lee Rosevere

"Waltz Ohia" by Fields Ohio

Jun 29, 2016

Hercules is as terrible as he is awesome. There are sea monsters, centaurs, people being thrown off of things, Hydra poison, and Hercules making ridiculous choices. Basically, it's everything you could want from a Hercules episode. Oh, and he dies, because apparently he can do that.

The creature this time is the Mamagwasewug, and he just wants to borrow a smoke off you...or he'll burn your house down.

 

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Music:

"Cheap suit" by Jason Staczek

"Silence" by Kai Engel

"Deserted City" by Kai Engel

"At the End Everyone Dies" by Kai Engel

"Leafless Quince Tree" by Rolemusic

All other music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions.

Bibliography:

"Metamorphoses" by Ovid 9:1-282

"The Women of Trachis" by Sophocles

"The Library of Greek Mythology" by Apollodorus 2:6-8

"Library of History" by Diodorus Siculus 4:32

"The Greek Myths" by Robert Graves

Jun 1, 2016

Two stories from Greek Mythology: first, it's the story of Sisyphus, who you might know from his interminable, crushing labor, but who actually really deserved that punishment because of how horrible he was. The second story is of good-guy-Bellerophon, Sisyphus's grandson, who is constantly having that football pulled out from under him just as he is about to kick it.

The creature is an 80-foot-tall, sneaky Japanese skeleton who has a drinking problem...in that he has a difficult time drinking the blood spewing from his decapitated victims.

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Music:

"Factory Time" by Visager

"Captive" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"The Origination" by Nihilore

"Escape Pod" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"F*** Yeh, Capitalism!" by Nihilore

"What Lurks in the Blind Spot of a God?" by Nihilore

"Beat the Burglar" by Scott Holmes

"Liberosis" by Nihilore

"Young Love (Bonus Track)" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"Ants" by Rolemusic

"Homage to John Carpenter" by Squire Tuck

Apr 6, 2016

The much-requested story of Prometheus, a Titan who was cursed by Zeus to have his liver pecked out every day for defying the Olympian and bringing fire to the earth. We'll also talk about the Titanomachy, the very literal clash of the Titans at the very beginning of Greek mythology, where Zeus comes to power and we all learn that any policy that involves crazy paranoia is basically the only one a Greek god considers.

The creature is the gooseberry wife, but unlike the name, and the berries she protects, she is not sweet, and might eat your child.

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Music:

"The Faslehood of Positivity" by Rowan Box

"Owls" by Jazzar

"Captive" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"Gminor long delays" by Solo Bass Steve

"Liberosis" by Nihilore

"Something (Bonus Track)" by Kai Engel

"Kelp Grooves" by Little Glass Men

"May" by Kai Engel

 

Feb 17, 2016

In this famous story from Greek Mythology, we'll meet Cupid (not a baby), as he accidentally nicks himself with his own arrow. In a podcast episode that is  like the movie "Mean Girls" with a trip to the Greek underworld, you'll see why it is against the law to harbor someone who's prettier than a goddess.

The creature of the week is a forest creature that operates on a very annoying wood chip economy.

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Music:

"Sonar Despierto" by Zifhang

"Sidecar" by Podington Bear

"The Vault" by Trigg & Gusset

"The Coil Winds" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Transmogrify" by Podington Bear

"Here is Now" by Ketsa

"Trellis" by Podington Bear

Sep 23, 2015

The story of Hercules is one part gritty, serious tragedy and two parts over-the-top monster fights. This week, in the origin story of one of the greatest mythological heroes of the western world, we get to see the human side of the demigod before the story goes completely off-the-rails and it's just one big monster fight topping the next. But don't worry, there are also monster fights this episode.

We'll see that Zeus is essentially the Don Draper of the Greek pantheon, only without all that pesky introspection or likability, and that if your husband cheats on you, you should bring down horrible punishments on everyone but him.

On the creature of the week, it's a grotesque little piggy that just needs a hug.

 

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Music:

"Melancholy" by DDmyzik

"Offerdal" by Simon Mathewson

"Shipwreck in the Pacific Ocean" by Rolemusic

"Scientology and the Masses" by statusq

"Fine without you (Remix)" by Steve Combs

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 

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