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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
Any location/time is fine! Can be short, can be long.
posted by curious nu
on Mar 5, 2013 -
How do atheist or otherwise non-religious parents teach their kids about the Abrahamic mythology? [more inside]
posted by looli
on Jan 24, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Where can I find a copy of the complete Fenian Cycle that's readable online, and/or what is the best translation of the Cycle, even if not online? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown
on Oct 18, 2010 -
I'm looking for a great series of books featuring Greek and/or Roman mythology for kids. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Can vampires enter the houses of other vampires without being invited in?
posted by violetk
on Nov 5, 2009 -
I'd like to read a book about the Dreamtime
of the Australians. I was kind of thinking about reading Chatwin, but these comments
have made a little wary; I don't particularly want to read about another outsider's spiritual journey, and I don't want a New Agey attempt-at-universal-religion haphazardly mixed in with basic anthropological records. Can you recommend a solid book about Dreamtime?
posted by Greg Nog
on Oct 19, 2009 -