This one is cross-posted from No Pithy Phrase. I've been drawn to mythology since I was little: all the best fireside stories are myths and fairy tales. When I was young it was the tragedy, the romance, the magic of it all that captured my heart. Now that I'm older, it's not only those (because… Continue reading Myths and Monsters: Medusa
I have some educational background in mythology, so I'll usually give anything Illiad or Odyssey themed a chance. I'm a fan of Greek myths because they're so varied: Greek deities of all levels are a tapestry of virtues and flaws that more accurately reflect the capriciousness of an immortal being's attention to humans. I also… Continue reading Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller
Not all myths are heroic journeys or great love stories. Sometimes, a simple scene houses a battle of wits. And sometimes, the small battles have long consequences. I found this while looking up a town in Wales because of a Netflix show. I do adore wise woman tales.A thousand years ago, the Devil decided to… Continue reading The Moral of the Story: Never Enter A Battle Of Wits with a Welsh Grandma?
"You will find the other rock lies lower, but they are so close together that there is not more than a bow-shot between them. A large fig tree in full leaf grows upon it, and under it lies the sucking whirlpool of Charybdis. Three times in the day does she vomit forth her waters, and… Continue reading Mythic Monday: Scylla and Charybdis Part 2
At some point in life, most people are forced to choose between two options knowing that regardless which is chosen, they'll lose. In current linguistic idiom, there are a few phrases that properly convey an impossible choice: the lesser of two evils, a rock and a hard place, the devil and the deep blue sea… Continue reading Mythic Monday: Scylla & Charybdis Part 1
Double dose this week (it's a long post to make up for missing last week). This is not a post about Death, or the afterlife, or heaven and hell. This is a post about a lonely god. Before Zeus and his siblings took over Olympus, they were all swallowed whole at the moment of their birth… Continue reading Mythic Monday: Hades and Cerberus…A God and his Dog
This one, originally published last fall here: Mythic Monday: Brownie seems apropos for the unpacking extravaganza. I don't have Lucky Charms in the house in Minnesota right now, but I DO have Honey Nut Cheerios, milk, and M&Ms...Help Wanted: small brownish creature willing to help clean my house, ride the dogs around in the middle of the night,… Continue reading Mythic Monday is both late and a repeat…because I’m buried in boxes.
I've been remiss on my mythology lately, and I have no legitimate excuse. Things have been a little... upheavalous*...for me lately, and blogging sort of fell out of the back of a bouncing wagon of SHIT I HAVE TO DO. Oops. *No, of course "upheavalous" isn't a word, but the sentiment fits. In honor of tonight's Kobold… Continue reading Mythic Monday: Kobolds (related: what the hell is wrong with Google users?)
"One day every soldier in the empire has to shower in the blood of your sacrificial bull. The next they don't even remember your birthday." --Neil Gaiman, American Gods*I have to add a disclaimer to this post. Mithraism is NOT a single mythological tale, but a full mythic cycle which was eventually adopted and adapted… Continue reading Mythic Monday: Mithras – Spell Checker is DILIGENT
I haven't Mythic Monday'd in a while...but post-Samhain we move into the traditional storytelling season. It seems appropriate to begin with tonight's Scandinavian myth, since the Norse were serious about their stories during the long, dark winter nights (not unlike the great-grandmas who can't see you tonight because their STORIES are on T.V.).Disclaimer: you stopped… Continue reading Mythic Monday: Huldra