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Mythology Monday: Chinese Vampires Are Different

jiangshi

Today, our weekly journey through folklore takes us to China, where we shall explore the jiangshi, or hopping vampire.

Why are they called this? Because they get around by hopping.

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Mythology Monday: Medusa Gets Royally Shafted And Then Dies

medusa caravaggio

(Content warning; this post contains discussion of sexual assault.)

So, Medusa. Most people know the basics of her story: lady with snakes for hair, turned men to stone with a glance. Which, you know, goals.

What’s interesting about Medusa is that her origin is different depending on which version you hear. In the original, Medusa and her sisters Stheno and Euryale were always monsters: specifically, gorgons.

The Roman poet Ovid, however, changed things up a little bit. So, because that version is more interesting to me (if also kinda infuriating), that’s the one I’m going to be talking about today.

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