So, in the past I’ve talked about how the Minotaur came to be, as well as Theseus’s part in the dumbest plan to find a wife ever conceived. Today, I’m going to bring those two together and tell you about how Theseus killed the Minotaur.
Today I’m going to look at a myth that is super, super old. Old as balls. Over 4000 years old, to be precise, and one that’s one of the earliest examples of the “hero goes to the underworld to save a loved one” myth.
That myth, my friends, is the story of Ishtar’s descent into the underworld.
Today, I’ve decided to return to Japan, and talk a bit about what happened to Susano-o after he got banished from heaven.
If you recall from the last time I discussed this, Susano-o lost a contest against his sister Amaterasu, which resulted in him throwing a flayed horse at her altar and killing one of her priestesses. Well, this story is about how he managed to get back into her good graces.
Thanks to my friend Leslie for suggesting this one, as it was a tale I was less familiar with. This story is basically another about Odin’s quest to be the smartest motherfucker in the room.
It also involves bodily fluids, for some reason.
I just realized that it’s been a while since I’ve talked about a Norse myth, so let’s go ahead and do that now. Today, I’m going to be talking about how Thor got his uber-badass hammer, Mjölnir.
So, the roster of Greek heroes is a bit of a sausage fest. There aren’t very many women in those lofty ranks, which makes sense when you remember that ancient Greece wasn’t super woman-friendly. However, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a handful of women who were allowed to kick ass and take names.
We’re going to talk about one of the more well-known of those ass-kicking women today: Atalanta.
Hello again! This week, I’ve decided to take another look at the Ashanti trickster figure, Anansi the spider. So here’s a story about how Anansi managed to beat death.
Spoiler alert: it’s through trickery.
So, this week I’m tackling a tale that also came from the whole Prometheus debacle, that tale being the one of Pandora. This is actually one of the more well-known tales, so much so that there’s a music streaming service named after her.
Also, before we begin I want to note that most of the info for this myth comes from the poet Hesiod, who had a dim view on women, Then again, ancient Greece in general had a dim view of women, so here we are.
Here’s another entry for the “Zeus is an asshole” files. Today, we’re going to talk about Prometheus, and how Zeus punished him for making sure humanity doesn’t freeze to death.