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Where in NYC to find the special beans?

I've decided the New Year's Day meal will be a simple Hopping John because of its associations with luck and wealth and folkloric good fortune. I've read this on the history of it and why it doesn't usually tun out well because of the inferior ingredients used now. I don't have time to order artisanal gold Carolina Rice or heritage red cowpeas from here so where in NYC can I find thier equilvents? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Best literary/anthro/psych theory take on the fairy tale?

What's the best analysis of the fairy tale format you've read? Looking for new angles on what they are, how they work, who they're for and where they might be going. [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Sep 6, 2016 - 12 answers

Variations on a Theme in Myth

I am trying to find more stories (preferably myths/folklore, but general fiction/film/etc of any time is fine) that contain a certain motif. I would also like to know if there is a term for a story that contains this kind of theme which I can only describe by example beneath the fold. Sorry I can't distill its essence, but I can answer questions if you need more precision. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on May 24, 2015 - 19 answers

Books of secret knowledge

What was this book or books of secret knowledge I read in the late '80s/early '90s? [more inside]
posted by asterix on Apr 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Seeking audio of Septa Regional Rail conductors' calling the next stop

"This is the R-5 train to Páólí. Néxt stóp, Ò::vèr::bróók! Tickets, please!" The Regional Rail train conductors in the Philly region will forever be associated with formal, stentorian, prosodically elaborated station announcements. Where can I find a recording of these? [more inside]
posted by rschram on Feb 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me find a Jewish fable about bluffing in a negotiation

When I was young, I remember reading a Jewish fable, or maybe even many different versions of a fable, about a wily trickster who outwits someone or something who is holding him or his community hostage. It might have been Herschel or Hillel, but whoever it is, he succeeds by bluffing that he is going to do something awful if he doesn't get what he wants. [more inside]
posted by boots on Dec 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Old wives' tales for a new arrival!

Looking for your odd, obscure and downright odd tests for pregnant ladies. [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe on May 23, 2014 - 19 answers

My daughter wants to read mythology about girls.

My daughter is nuts for mythology and folklore, but after a particularly testosterone-powered Norse story last night she was asking if there were any collections of stories that weren't all about the boy-gods and heroes. So: recommendations for female-centric mythology and folklore, either story-cycles or lesser-known pantheons, suitable for bedtime-reading to an intelligent six-year-old. She wants actual myths rather than modern fiction based on or in the style of myths, or traditional myths retold from a female POV. (Yes, I have the Angela Carter books of fairy-tales. No, they are not suitable for a six-year-old.)
posted by Hogshead on Apr 30, 2014 - 39 answers

How common are fictional characters in real life?

Last night I realized that two of the places I have worked have had, as part of the lore of the place, a fictional character who everyone willingly pretended was real (in a tongue-in-cheek way). These were both in semi-educational institutions, but it was the adults who propagated the myth of the character, for each others' entertainment. These characters both sent postcards from around the world, and gathered to them improbable stories about their adventures. I'm wondering, how common is this phenomenon, and can you describe any fictional characters that have been part of the lore and legend where you have lived or worked? [more inside]
posted by Miko on May 23, 2013 - 71 answers

Draining spirits?

FolkloreFilter: What entities (?) do I need to read up more about that are like the gebbeth in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy? I want something that occupies (or can) the same physical space as a person but which freerides, parasitises, occupies, drains or otherwise has negative effects on a person.
posted by cromagnon on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 answers

The log is a...a...really?!

The fruit of our looms has discovered ghost tales. You know - Bloody Mary and her ilk. However she has not yet heard "If the log rolls over we will all be dead." [more inside]
posted by peagood on Nov 8, 2012 - 1 answer

+apple -computer +myth -game

What is the source of this half-remembered myth/folk-tale about an apple which grew when stamped on? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jul 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Help, I'm Stuck Between a Goddess and a Leprechaun...

Obscure Celtic folklore filter: I'm doing a small undergraduate folklore project (around 7 pages) with themes of the Otherworld and fairy lore, centering on the ballads of Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer and the tale of Oisín and Niamh so far. Looking for ideas for one or two other primary source, reliable (and translated) selections within Celtic folklore, which ideally are focused on the fairy myths and not just characters from Tuatha Dé Danann. [more inside]
posted by reenka on May 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Not So Grimm Fairytales

Can you recommend books of fairy tales, folklore, or myths, that are not European? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on May 16, 2012 - 26 answers

My harp will go on. Underwater. Glug glug.

How did harps come to be associated with (under)water? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Apr 9, 2012 - 9 answers

An ill wind

Are there any mythological creatures or figures in Russian folklore that are particularly associated with storms, wind or bad weather? Are there any particular stories that expand on what Wikipedia has to say?
posted by Artw on Dec 21, 2011 - 6 answers

THis close to worshiping Prometheia

Are there any other folkloric/religious/mythological beings/concepts other than the Muses who preside over or rule inspiration or creativity? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Exorcising a Bake-Neko?

Japanese Folklore Filter: If you believe that you are haunted by a Bake-Neko, or perhaps that someone has become possessed by one, are there accepted practices for exorcising it, according to any traditional Folklore sources?
posted by vacapinta on Sep 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Beach Boys meet George Romero?

Looking for some background I swear I read related the song "Sloop John B" to tales of ghost ships, zombies and other nautical/Caribbean folklore. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Sep 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Ouagadougou or Bust.

One week in Africa: Benin, Ghana, or Burkina Faso? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 24, 2010 - 13 answers

he was a good outlawe, And dyde pore men moch god.

How would a modern-day "Robin Hood" type character do their work? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on May 12, 2010 - 24 answers

He lives vicariously through himself.

Have there been any good, scholarly studies on the "Chuck Norris" style of one-liner joke/folklore? How old is this style of joke? [more inside]
posted by samthemander on May 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Ideas for a school celebration of spring

I'm planning a spring assembly for my school, and I welcome all sources of spring nonsense, jollity and folklore. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Apr 17, 2010 - 7 answers

What mythological dragons eat the world?

Looking for mythology/folklore concerning world-eating dragons. [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Apr 6, 2010 - 8 answers

I Ain't 'Fraid of no Ghost.

Please help me find find some "historic" ghost stories. Emphasis on folklore and authenticity. [more inside]
posted by AtomicBee on Jan 21, 2010 - 23 answers

Women who runs with the Wolf Lecture

What have you heard about werewolves? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 28, 2009 - 59 answers

Americans: Was your town a [rumored] Cold War missile target?

Americans: Was your town a [rumored] Cold War missile target? [more inside]
posted by jeb on Oct 27, 2009 - 242 answers

A priest and his own stolen plates. Folklore?

Have heard a story told to me as a "true" story that someone supposedly has personal knowledge of, but I could swear I've heard this before, either as urban legend, or maybe from the plot of a movie or book. Does anyone recognize this story? [more inside]
posted by leticia on Aug 16, 2009 - 8 answers

it's all good

Any anthropologists, classicists, or world literature historians out there? Looking for stories (from any culture, era, or part of the globe) featuring what we would consider to be moral violations (human sacrifice, incest, slavery etc.), but which the culture or author would have considered morally righteous. [more inside]
posted by Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson on Aug 14, 2009 - 30 answers

AnatomyFilter: What word am I trying to remember?

Is there a name for this kind of leg? Specifically, in mammals or birds? I swear I once read an article discussing typical folkloric drawings of the Devil wherein he was described as having the ________ legs of a goat. Google and Wikipedia have failed me, as have my well-educated friends. I'm starting to wonder if I never actually read the article, and perhaps it was some kind of vivid, reading dream.
posted by johnbaskerville on Feb 4, 2009 - 16 answers

Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.

How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil? [more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Feb 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Anime and Japanese Folklore

Are these anime characters rooted in Japanese folklore? [more inside]
posted by RubyDoom on Dec 15, 2008 - 3 answers

Stories about or featuring werewolves

I'm looking for werewolf literature. Any fiction with a halfway decent plot. Novels, short stories, folklore. Comics or graphic novels also okay. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Oct 16, 2008 - 38 answers

Creepy children's book question -- probably Russian/slavic or Middle Eastern

Need help finding a book. I think it was a short stories collection. One of the stories was about a king that left his new bride alone when he had to go somewhere on business. He gave her a keychain with keys to all the rooms and an egg he told her to carry around... [more inside]
posted by icarus on Sep 28, 2008 - 8 answers

New England & American Studies Programs - Help Make Me Smart About Them

American Studies scholars, please help me compare 2 programs in New England and American Studies and get some general advice. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

This ain't your Auntie Dennitsa's harvest song. (Or maybe it is.)

Bulgarian speakers: What song is this? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Wendigo myth in the Northwest

Is the Wendigo purely a Northeast American (and Canadian) myth? If so is there a Northwest equivalent?
posted by Artw on Apr 29, 2008 - 15 answers

Beyond black cats and four-leaf clovers

Got any great books about luck? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Dec 26, 2007 - 18 answers

Explain this reference from Lords and Ladies to me

There's a bit in Terry Pratchett's Lords and Ladies that's puzzled me ever since I read it. Spoiler, quote, and specific (possibly very silly, since it's not even mentioned in the annotations) question inside. [more inside]
posted by Many bubbles on May 12, 2007 - 4 answers

Is there a "universal" book?

Which book would you consider a "universal" book? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Mar 14, 2007 - 57 answers

Stories that involve shadows?

Novels, short stories, movies--all are welcome. I find shadow stories spooky and interesting. My fave was a kid book called "The Shades" which explains how the shadows of people live their own lives. Know of any others?
posted by largecorp on Dec 15, 2006 - 7 answers

So realistic they leaped off the page.

Half-remembered fairy tale: a kid could only draw one eye on an animal, or else it would come to life. His secret is revealed when he's forced to draw both eyes on an animal, which then.. leaps off the page. What was this story? Where did it come from?
posted by cmyk on Dec 10, 2006 - 4 answers

Do all cultures anthropomorphize?

Are there any cultures that don't anthropomorphize animals and other things (living or otherwise) in their myths, legends, folktales, etc.? Is this a universal thing? And if it is universal, are there any layman accessible books or articles on why?
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Sep 25, 2006 - 20 answers

Raw material for understanding subconcious and emotional undercurrents in situations

The terrain of the subconscious. The stories we tell ourselves. Book recommendations to better pick out and respond to the undercurrents of situations. Maybe books on archetypes, folklore, symbols, fantasy. Maybe just books with strong character development. [more inside]
posted by beatrice on Aug 21, 2006 - 18 answers

Hindu Folklore / Mythology Needed

Can anyone help me find Indian / Hindi folklore? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Aug 15, 2006 - 20 answers

Red Riding Hood backwards?

Is anyone familiar with the comedy routine of Little Red Riding Hood told backwards? A teacher I had in jr. high just died and that was one of his trademark stories. I always thought it was an original, but then I heard it years later and now can't remember who did it. It basically involved telling the story straight but mixing up the sentence structure. At least that's what I recall some 22 years later.
posted by DonnieSticks on Jan 25, 2006 - 14 answers

Unknown instrument

A few years ago my mother picked up this traditional(?) instrument in Hungary. What's it called and how do you use it?
posted by klue on Mar 20, 2005 - 9 answers

What goes in the fridge and what doesn't?

In your house, what food does, or does not, need to be refrigerated? [more inside]
posted by soyjoy on Aug 6, 2004 - 40 answers

What is the origin of the schizophrenic bad guy character?

This is an admittedly silly question, but I'm curious nonetheless. I'm battling insomnia and the new-generation Transformers cartoon comes on the television. The presumed villain is a schizophrenic character, whose head appears to have three faces side by side, and he switches faces, and the different personalities battle amongst each other.

I've also seen this in some really bad B Skiing movie from the 80's. No clue of the name. But I've seen it other places, too. My question is, does anyone have a clue where this concept originates? Is it some obscure R.D.Laing essay that I've overlooked? Some folklore I am not familiar with?
posted by oog on Jul 23, 2004 - 15 answers

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