So, this week, I’ve decided to go into a mythology that I haven’t really ever dipped my toes into much: Chinese mythology.(more…)
Gather ’round, children, and let me tell you about the time Theseus and Pirithous came up with Greek mythology’s worst idea.
This week, we’re going to talk about how King Agamemnon of Mycenae is the worst.
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.
(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.
This Monday I’m finally heading back to the Ulster Cycle, where I will now tell you the tale of Cu Chulainn’s training with the warrior woman Scathach.
We’re heading back to ancient Egypt this week, where I shall regale you with one of the sillier tales. Or, at the very least, it seems silly to us today. Oh, and a quick warning before we go: this particular yarn is very much not safe for work.