The Mythology Podcast

By Beau-Caprice Vetch

On Going since May 2015 • Updated bimonthy

Up until very recently in human history (like, the 19th century) the world was, for most people in most parts of the world, a magical place. All cultures, in some form or another, used storytelling as a way of shaping their understanding of the world- how humans came to be, why things are the way the are, and how we relate to one another and the world around us.

The Mythology Podcast is primarily about sharing stories. Human history was, in many ways, shaped dramatically by the massively rich and diverse oral traditions that today we think of as “mythology” or “folklore.”

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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 26 Oct 2016

In this episode we’ll meet the patron Saint of the Internet, a disembodied head that speaks, swan maidens, a Celtic goddess that strangles people with her hair, and more. And also learn about Halloween. The post MPC 031 : Halloween, Samhain, Allhallowtide appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 28 Sep 2016

In this episode we’ll explore just a few of the many various conceptions of the Underworld from around the world, and get a glimpse at the denizens of these lower realms. The post MPC 030 : The Underworld appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 08 Sep 2016

Awoooooooo! In this episode, we’re going to get into some werewolf lore from Latvia, Iceland, Armenia, Argentina, and elsewhere. Almost every part of the globe has espoused a belief in were-creatures at some point or another, with werewolves being particularly ubiquitous. We’ll sample a few choice tales from the world’s diverse trove of lycanthropic legends in this segment. The post MPC 029 : Legends of Lycanthropy appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 11 Aug 2016

The post MPC 028 : Haitian Vodou (Part 2) appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 25 Jul 2016

This episode looks at some of the history of Haiti and the events and circumstances that shaped the complex religious practice known as Vodou (or Voodoo or Vodun). We’ll also look a bit at the loa and tackle some of the popular misconceptions about Vodou. The post MPC 027 : Haitian Vodou (Part 1) appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 05 Jul 2016

This episode looks at bees, hives, and honey in mythology and folklore. We’ll explore a bit of Ancient Egyptian magic, the birth of Zeus, a Hindu Bee Goddess, the origin of mead in the mythology of Finland, folk customs such as “telling the bees” of important events, and more. The post MPC 026 : Bee Lore appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 20 Jun 2016

In honor of the solstice, we’re going to take a look at some of the mythology and folklore surrounding Midsummer. This episode looks a bit at archeoastronomy, Zoroastrianism, pre-Christian pagan Midsummer traditions, and the journey of the sun. The post MPC 025 : Midsummer Solstice appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 04 Jun 2016

This episode explores some of the curious lore surrounding babies born with “the caul”- part of the amniotic sac that occasionally covers a newborn’s head and shoulders at birth. The power of the caul was rumored to prevent drowning, bring good fortune (or bad), predict the weather, endow the caul-bearer with the gift of foresight, and […] The post MPC 024 : Born With the Caul appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 20 May 2016

Part 2 of Satan Through the Ages looks at the Devil as a character in folklore, both as trickster and tricked. Unfortunate souls make pacts with the devil, the devil attends a dance, mows the field of an angry farmer, and builds a bridge. We will also look at a strange case of demonic possession. The post MPC 023 : Satan Through the Ages (Part 2) appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 05 May 2016

Part 1 of “Satan Through the Ages” explores the origins and evolution of the Devil, or the idea of the Devil and evil in the world. From early Biblical texts through medieval times and the witch trials, into the Enlightenment, we will look at the places where demons, devils, and evil spirits have lurked in the Western world. The post MPC 22 : Satan Through the Ages (Part 1) appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 22 Apr 2016

An introduction to some of the basic elements of Yoruba religion and mythology. We will look at the mythology behind the city of Ife, the importance of divination, and some of the Orishas in the Yoruba pantheon. Tales in this episode involve a disembodied head, a soup with a secret ingredient, and the story behind how […] The post MPC 021 : Yoruba Myth, Folklore, and the Orishas appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 17 Apr 2016

I got a chance to chat with DeeDee Chainey, one of the hosts of #FolkloreThursday on Twitter. #FolkloreThursday happens every Thursday and gives people from all over the world a space to connect and share ideas and stories related to folklore. I’ve been having a great time participating, myself! You can follow me @mythologypcast. The post MPC 020 : #FolkloreThursday Interview With DeeDee Chainey appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 26 Mar 2016

Plants were traditionally used for so many things: food, clothing, craft, shelter, and, of course, medicine. It seems natural, then, that a huge volume of plant lore has developed through the ages. We look at just a bit of it in this episode, including the mandrake, the vegetable lamb of tartary, the origin of purple sage, and […] The post MPC 019 : Plant Lore appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 11 Mar 2016

Episode 18 of The Mythology Podcast explores some of the ancient riddles found in several mythological traditions from various parts of the world. In this episode we look at Sumerian riddles, the Sphinx, a battle of wits between Norse god Odin and the wisest of giants, the Biblical story of Samson, and some of the […] The post MPC 018 : Riddle Me This appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 09 Mar 2016

I chat with artist Christopher Stoll about his upcoming art book, The Feminomicon, “a fantasy-art style bestiary of incredible female myths and monsters from around the world.” We discuss three particularly striking characters from the book: The Yuki-Onna (a Japanese snow yokai), The Aswang (a fetus-eating Filipino monster), and Baba Yaga (the infamous witch of Slavic folklore). The post MPC 017 : The Feminomicon – Interview with artist Christopher Stoll appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 27 Feb 2016

In honor of The Year of the Monkey, as per the Chinese zodiac, we’ll be looking at some mythological monkeys in this episode of The Mythology Podcast. The post MPC 016 : Year of the Monkey appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 12 Feb 2016

Aztec mythology, ancient Rome, and Spanish Catholicism all come into play when looking at the history of this contemporary folk saint. The post MPC 015 : Santa Muerte appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 22 Jan 2016

In this episode of the Mythology Podcast, we’ll look at the character of Raven in the culture and mythology of indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and parts of Siberia. Raven is a dynamic figure, and he plays a variety of roles: trickster, creator, culture hero… almost always, however, he is an agent of […] The post MPC 014 : Raven appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 01 Jan 2016

Happy New Year! Since it is a good time to be thinking about “new beginnings,” I decided to do another episode on Creation Myths. We’ll look at some stories from Tibet, Africa, Australia, and The Maluku (“Spice”) Islands in this episode. If you haven’t already, you may want to listen to Episode 1 of the […] The post MPC 013 : Creation Stories Pt. 2 appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 13 Dec 2015

In this episode of The Mythology Podcast we will look briefly at the history of Ireland, including the arrival of the Celts, the introduction of Christianity, and the “golden age” of medieval Irish literature. We will look at the 4 cycles of Irish Mythology and check out one story from each cycle. The post MPC 012 : Irish Mythology appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 24 Nov 2015

In this episode of The Mythology Podcast we’ll be taking a look at a few examples of the interplay between dance and myth. The post MPC 011 : Dance! appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 06 Nov 2015

In this episode of The Mythology Podcast, we’ll be looking at the ancient Maya civilization and several stories focused on The Hero Twins of Maya mythology. We’ll take a brief look at some of the history surrounding the Maya and then get into the myths, where we’ll see The Hero Twins take on a giant […] The post MPC 010 : Maya Hero Twins appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 31 Jul 2015

UPDATE: I’m not sure why, but only half of this episode made it onto I-tunes when I first posted it. The full episode is now up. In this episode of The Mythology Podcast, we’ll be looking at several popular characters from Slavic folklore and a few of the more famous tales about them. A disembodied […] The post MPC 009 : Slavic Folklore appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 18 Jul 2015

In this episode of The Mythology Podcast, we’ll take a look at the Hindu Goddess Kali. We’ll explore her origins, her evolution, and her contemporary role. In particular, we’ll be looking at the origins of the famous image of Kali in her warrior form standing on top of Shiva, and we’ll also look at the […] The post MPC 008 : Hindu Goddess Kali appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 04 Jul 2015

In this episode of The Mythology Podcast we will take a look at some of the more famous monsters from Greek Mythology, as well as the heroes that dispatched them. The post MPC 007 : Greek Monsters appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 22 Jun 2015

The Mythology Podcast – Episode 6 : Snakes! The relationship between human beings and snakes goes way back. Some of the earliest known historical writings and artifacts of human history contain depictions of snakes. In this episode of The Mythology Podcast we will take a look at some of the more famous and a few of the […] The post MPC 006 : Snakes appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 12 Jun 2015

Human-headed trees, fox weddings, a trip to the underworld, and enchanted umbrellas: Episode 5 of The Mythology Podcast explores the idea of yokai in Japanese mythology, history, and culture. Yokai is an umbrella term, describing all kinds of fascinating, bizarre, and sometimes terrifying supernatural creatures, deities, and phenomena found throughout traditional Japanese folklore. The idea of yokai appears in some […] The post MPC 005 : Japanese Yokai appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 06 Jun 2015

Death, Fire, Vagina Dentata! In this episode of The Mythology Podcast we’ll talk about Coyote characters in Native American folklore. Coyote appears in some form or another throughout many different indigenous religious and folkloric traditions of North America. We’ll go over a few of the better known Coyote stories and a few of the more […] The post MPC 004 : Coyote appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 26 May 2015

In this episode of The Mythology Podcast, we will take an in-depth look at the Old Norse god Loki, known for his cunning, trickery, and dual-natured character. We’ll talk a little bit about context and the history surrounding Norse mythology and how Loki fits into the picture, telling several stories about this dynamic trickster deity that […] The post MPC 003 : Loki appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 20 May 2015

In this episode of The Mythology Podcast, we look at legends and lore about mermaids (and mermen/merfolk in general). We’ll look at mermaid tales from the famous 1001 Arabian Nights to the Haitian Vodou deity La Sirenn and more. The post MPC 002 : Mermaids appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 18 May 2015

Episode 1 : Creation Stories In this episode of The Mythology Podcast we talk about the different archetypes surrounding creation myths and tell a story to illustrate each one. This episode includes stories from Melanesia, China, North America, South America, and Australia. The post MPC 001 : Creation Stories appeared first on The Mythology Podcast.. . .

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