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World religion for kids

What are some good books of mythology/stories from world religion for kids? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel on Nov 29, 2014 - 12 answers

I Want An Encyclopedia of Demonology, Mysticism, the Occult, etc.

Let's say I wanted to see the history of the angel Uriel. Or Zoroaster. Or Astaroth. Or one of the many demon-like figures in Japanese folklore. Is there such a comprehensive work of mythological beings? Something with facts like the first historical mention of the figure, various physical descriptions throughout time with context, their backstory(ies), etc? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Nov 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Can you teach me everything you know about Roman goddesses?

In the American version of his autobiography, Klaus Mann uses the metaphor of Jupiter and Minerva to talk about his maternal grandparents. In the German version, he changes this to Jupiter and Juno. It seems that Jupiter and Juno are married (but are also siblings. ick), while Minerva is basically Jupiter's daughter, so Juno is a more appropriate goddess to name in the metaphor. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Oct 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Are there any good podcasts about mythology?

I want to hear podcasts that tell and analyze myths. Preferably not constrained to one culture/time period. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Sep 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Examples of mythological creatures used to describe real thing

I have a specific question about a particular type of "mythology made reality" transformation via language and cultural contact. I'm looking for other instances of this sort of thing, but I'm not sure what to call this or where to search. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Aug 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Looking for read stories about being forced to go in one direction.

Is there a story in the Bible or elsewhere in literature or myth about a person who wants to do many things, but is thwarted, by all sorts of forces, and ends up doing only one? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde on Aug 16, 2014 - 12 answers

I need an expert in Middle Eastern demonology

Can somebody help me identify the mythological or literary sources for the enemies in this Arabian Nights-themed video game? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Jul 25, 2014 - 5 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

Let me listen to vikings

Does anyone know of any good podcasts or audio books covering viking history, Norse mythology or both? I'd very much like to learn about Vikings through my ears. Bonus points for series rather than one offs.
posted by merocet on Mar 7, 2014 - 8 answers

I need a montage

I'm looking for fairy tales, myths, and similarly imaginative stories where the heroine or hero triumphs because of their perseverance or dedication to developing a skill, not because of an inherent personal characteristic or being "the chosen one." [more inside]
posted by fast ein Maedchen on Feb 25, 2014 - 38 answers

I would like to learn more about Japanese mythology

What are some good English-language resources to learn about Japanese mythology? Book recommendations are welcome, too. My interest is mostly to gain some background knowledge that would help me understand better Japanese novels or manga, in the way that knowing Greek or Norse mythology is helpful when reading Western literature.
posted by needled on Dec 29, 2013 - 5 answers

What could they be, the 12 Flavours of Hercules?

Homebrewing brother brainstorming for a series of Classically-inspired beers. One such thought - 12 Labors of Hercules. Trying to pin down geographically helps - lots of apples, oranges, dates, different kinds of aromatic trees, etc. Milk stouts for the cattle. Have any of you seen a food/drink play on the 12 Labors before?
posted by J0 on Nov 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you help me find a good book on African mythological creatures?

I've found some kids' books and some extremely brief online articles, but not much more than that. Can you help me find something more in-depth?
posted by jumelle on Jun 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Multi armed mythical humanoids

Are there mythological figures with three, four, five, six, seven or eight arms? If so, what are their names? Note, I'm specifically looking for humanoid type figures with more than two arms, not beasts such as Cerberus, the three headed dog or Hekatonkheires, the hundred eyed or headed giants. We're just talking arms here. I need to name a few things.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Help with project? Please list fictional cities !

For a project I'm currently working on as part of my graduation in Graphic Design, I wanted to compile something like an atlas of fictional cities. These may be from books, legends, stories, video games, advertisements, comics, really whatever... Even "real" cities but alternate versions, imagined or in some way deviate from their real counterpart are valid. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on May 18, 2013 - 47 answers

What is this myth I'm misremembering?

Is it Hercules? Ulysses? Odysseus or some other old mythic dude? What's the myth where he (whoever he is) has to fight a terrible creature, and it keeps changing shape. The key to triumph has something to do with the fact that he's strong enough (physically or mentally) to hold on through all these changes? Is this ringing a bell? What myth am I misremembering?
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Mythology 'encyclopedia'

Bookfilter: I read part of a book a few years back about mythology, and I can't remember what it was called or who it was by. It was in an encyclopedic format; everything I think was in alphabetic order, and any given entry would be from a few paragraphs to a few pages long. [more inside]
posted by vulgar_wheat on Apr 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Movies or stories with sympathetic monsters/villains?

I'd like to compile a list of sympathetic monsters/villains, portrayed in any medium--film, fiction, art, music, myth. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Mar 18, 2013 - 44 answers

Mythology about books and writing

I'm looking for myths/stories about books and writing. Not - and this is where I'm running into trouble with google - top ten lists about cafe productivity and self-publishing; I mean more like a hero whittling a pen from the boughs of Yggdrasil and then stealing ink from the Kraken, with the goal of writing down the secrets of Enki in order to embarrass him and get him to pay the 5 goats owed. Or whatever. Any location/time is fine! Can be short, can be long.
posted by curious nu on Mar 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Adam and who now?

How do atheist or otherwise non-religious parents teach their kids about the Abrahamic mythology? [more inside]
posted by looli on Jan 24, 2013 - 44 answers

Mythology books

I'm looking for the very best non-dry nonfiction about different mythologies, especially as they relate in a historical/societal context. Comparative mythology is awesome, but so is focusing on a specific mythology (like a book focusing solely on druids or fairies or what have you). I don't want a compilation of myths or retellings. I do want an examination of common themes within a culture or the structure of the culture's pantheon.
posted by goosechasing on Jan 19, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you recommend an apocalyptic text to read on stage?

I'm looking for some good armageddons. I'm MCing an End-of-the-World poetry reading on December 21st and I want to read a few short passages from apocalyptic texts. I've already settled on the Book of Revelations and Ragnarök, but I'd like to cast a wide net and find some non-Western and/or non-religious/mythological descriptions of the end times. Can you recommend a good doomsday for me to read?
posted by Kattullus on Dec 17, 2012 - 26 answers

Greek Mythology Reading Recommendations

Bookfilter: Suggestions on good books about Greek mythology. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device on Nov 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking for Mythology Curriculum Given in Grade School in the Seventies

Trying to identify the mythology books I was given over the summer in grade school in the mid-seventies. They were definitely curricular, I think even had characters like Sam (a boy) and Nip (a dog), perhaps there was a girl named Jane but I may be confusing her with the other series we all know. I'm not a teacher, just want to re-visit them for nostalgia's sake. [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Sep 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Are there any guitar pieces even remotely inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses?

Does anyone know if there are any Classical nylon-string Guitar pieces (preferably decently easy ones) that were inspired or even partly based on mythology included in Ovid's Metamorphoses? [more inside]
posted by HowToBeAGentleman on Sep 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Zeus for Toddlers?

Looking for picture books of classical mythology (especially Greek) diluted for a 3-4 year old! [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for some heavy summer reading.

I have a week at my parent's cottage coming up, and I'd like to get some recommendations on some comprehensive introductions to the classics, mythology, psychology and a few other subjects. [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka on Jul 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Have you seen the jack in the green?

Help me remember a long forgotten poem, Hive Mind! Here's what I remember: spring, a man growing horns and hooves, a fall into roots, red thread. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jun 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Mythology lovers, I'm looking at you

Please tell me about mythical creatures, particularly humanoid ones, besides vampires, and werewolves. My protagonist needs some origins. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Jun 5, 2012 - 24 answers

What is the ultimate mashup of science and belief/religion?

I'm looking for a book that is essentially a mashup of behavioral economics, social psychology, neuroscience, wisdom/bible literature, and mythology. [more inside]
posted by Slacker Manager on May 23, 2012 - 13 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

You'd think it'd happen to Zeus at least once...

Are there any myths or legends out there where a deity or superhuman being gets involved with a human and it ends up badly for the deity, rather than just the mortal? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Mar 29, 2012 - 34 answers

A victim of circumstance

Asking for a friend: Need a character from mythology, literature, the Bible, etc. who, unbeknownst to him/her, is inflicted with some sort of curse/poison but doesn't find out until much later. For details on why Oedipus doesn't quite work, you should see... [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane on Feb 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me figure out who this goddess/mythological person is.

Egyptian queen? Goddess? Birth/rebirth? Help me figure out the story behind this reference! I'm going through a hard time and someone, in a moment of wanting to help, made a comparison to "an Egyptian queen, who went underground and her body hung from hooks, and all of her skin was torn away, and after everything was gone she flew back up to the surface." [more inside]
posted by rocketing on Jan 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Son of Hades? But isn't Jupiter, like, your bosses' boss?

What is the day-to-day experience like for a true follower of a polytheistic religion, when that religion has an inherent hierarchy? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jan 13, 2012 - 28 answers

Standard English Pronunciation of Mythological Names

Is there a set of rules one could follow to derive the standard English pronunciation of the names of characters from classical mythology? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jan 5, 2012 - 8 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

Our love is written in blood.

Looking for stories/poems/paintings/etc. that include a letter written in blood. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Oct 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Source this myth!

Classicists and folklore/mythology types: how can I go about finding the original source for this obscure Roman (or Greek?) myth? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 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

Dragons? Really?

So what's up with dragons? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 10, 2011 - 49 answers

Teach me how to teach mythology!

I've been given a mythology class to teach, mostly to juniors and seniors (at a public high school in California). Yay! However, the previous teacher won't let me borrow her material, and my mythological education was taking one class in college and a lot self-teaching (thus, there are gaping holes in my knowledge). And so, mefites, hope me figure out the best way to teach this class! [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 28, 2011 - 36 answers

Buddhist Mythology

Recommendation for a book of Buddhist mythology? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Apr 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Where are the lowlands now

What happened to Sara Dylan post 1977. [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on Jan 31, 2011 - 3 answers

Ode to a borrowed sword

Are there any old legends, stories, or superstitions about borrowed swords or blades? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Jan 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Stories of Vagina Dentata with and agenda?

I'm looking for myths, stories, or actual histories of female seductresses who sexually lure men (or women) to them for malevolent purposes. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jan 12, 2011 - 66 answers

Pagan Pantheons of Europe besides the Greek, Roman and Norse?

Everyone knows about the Greeks and the Romans and the Norse, but what are some of the less well known pantheons and pagan religions from Europe? [more inside]
posted by empath on Nov 24, 2010 - 20 answers

Best English translation of the Mahabharata?

Please tell me, what is the best English translation of the Mahabharata? I'm not particularly concerned that it be a verse translation. I would prefer something that's available in electronic form (for reading on my Nook). Something that's public domain, and therefore available on Google books, even better. But these are preferences, not hard requirements. I'm more concerned with reliability of the translation. [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Nov 12, 2010 - 5 answers

What apocalyptic scenarios await us after 2012?

It seems like throughout my life, people have been worried about various prophesied end-times. After 2012 comes and goes, what end-of-the-world scenario are the popular media going to latch onto next?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Nov 4, 2010 - 11 answers

What to call these stomach faced people?

I remember reading several ancient/medieval travelogues/ethnographies that referenced people with their faces in their stomachs. I also remember learning that their was a word for them, but I can't remember what the word was. What was it?
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Oct 25, 2010 - 4 answers

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