Sing to us, O Muse, of our Timeless Myths
. A site dedicated to Classical, Norse & Celtic mythology and Arthurian legends.
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 22, 2007 -
(arguably better known as 'The Dreamtime') is more than just the story of how the world was created as told by Aboriginal Australians. It is also the basis for their way of life and death, their source of power in life and it tells of the life and influence of their ancestors on their culture. It was so important to Aboriginal Australians in the time before the white invasion of Australia that it was the one commonly held belief amongst a culture that consisted of over 500 different tribes (discussion of Dreamtime beliefs here
). Thought to be the oldest continuously maintained cultural history on Earth, it is often presented as a series of inter-related stories explaining Aboriginal Australian origins and culture, such as how the Australian landscape was created or how the Mimi spirits taught them how to paint these stories on the walls of caves more than 40,000 years ago
And what better way to learn of several of the many different Dreamtime stories than to listen and watch them being told by Aboriginal Australians elders themselves
? And if that isn't enough Dreamtime mythology for you, here's some links to various sites
which allow you to view Aboriginal rock art to see how these stories were translated into a form of artistic expression which is now five times older than the Egyptian Pyramids themselves.
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 23, 2006 -
I want to love the Table of Gods
, a list of "4862 gods, godesses,
deities, avatars, incarnations, angels, demons and various spirits, and 520 aliases, mispronounciations and
generally confusing name variations." There isn't much more than a list of names with short descriptions, but you
can search by keyword
), by origin
), and by name
. The information and presentation are not in the same league as Encyclopedia Mythica
, or even Godchecker
, but it does list Hanuman
The listings invite you to add keywords and comments, but unfortunately the feature is broken. You can add either, but they are appended unmoderated to the record for "A", which is consequently a mess
. If I've been a good boy this year, this feature will work and be gleaning meaningful user contributions on Christmas morning, and I will get to love the Table of Gods.
posted by owhydididoit
on Dec 20, 2006 -
In the study of mythology
, folklore and religion
, a trickster is a god
, human hero or anthropomorphic animal who plays pranks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and norms of behaviour
in all forms
, from all cultures
. Notable examples include Br'er Rabbit
, and Loki
; most or all of whom you are likely familiar with.
posted by Eideteker
on Apr 29, 2006 -
Jesus walked on the
So sayeth... um... well, this guy at Florida State. Doron Nof
has released a paper
positing that when Jesus walked on the water in Galilee, he was actually walking on a patch of floating ice. What's interesting about science like this to me is that it both validates and invalidates scripture, since if Jesus was walking on ice... no miracle (although, it's a miracle he didn't slip and fall, har har har). But if Jesus was walking on ice, then at least he historically existed, which is still an open question
at least in some quarters
. In case you think you recognize Mr. Nof's name, you may be remembering his work explaining that the parting of the Red Sea was totally possible
(flash video link).
posted by illovich
on Apr 5, 2006 -
Rainbows, pots of gold, and leprechauns
are images that come to mind on St. Paddy’s Day. They are beautiful
to behold, but how much do you really know about rainbows
? Did you know that there are double
, and supernumerary
rainbows, that no two people ever see the same rainbow
, and that rainbows consist of more than just the ROYGBIV colors
? Rainbows permeate mythology
, and sexuality
. Rainbows are a job
for one, a link to the past
for some, and a hope for the future
posted by debralee
on Mar 17, 2005 -
I have been thinking about masks
, our ancestors put on masks to become an other, to become a god, even unto this day
. Greek tragedy
began in the worship of Dionysos
, the god of wine, intoxication, and creative ecstasy
, in rituals
where worshipers often wore or worshipped masks. Indeed, the word for mask in Greek drama was persona, now commonly used to describe constructed online identities
. And so we understand ourselves
as wearing masks, whole series of masks--behind which we find only emptiness, for we can never see ourselves truly.
posted by y2karl
on Feb 24, 2005 -
Like most people who love mythical creatures (cryptozoology), I also collect stamps (philately). At last, someone has combined these twin fetishes in one easily displayed fashion
. My favorites include the Loch Ness Monster
and his ancient cousin the Kraken
, especially these two
which feature a guest appearance by Mickey Mouse.
posted by jonson
on Dec 29, 2004 -
Narts! The Nart Sagas are arguably the most essential ingredient of Circassian Culture, to which they are what Greek mythology is to Western Civilization. Though much less known than their Greek counterparts, the Nart epic tales are no less developed. The heroism, sagacity, guile and ferocity of the Nart demi-gods are more than matches
to those of the Greek Pantheon.
If this selection of stories
captures your interest, you might want John Colarusso's Nart Sagas from the Caucasus
; you can read the introduction
online ("A ship sailing across the Black Sea in the year 1780 eventually would have come upon a lush shore at the eastern end of the dark gray waters..."). Although they seem to have been brought by the Ossetes
(and J. Cassian is posting an Ossetian tale, The Death of Soslan
, on his blog
), they're everywhere
in the Northern Caucasus. And some people
say they were the source of the King Arthur stories.
posted by languagehat
on Dec 4, 2004 -
The Meaning of Life
according to various rather famous people (Dennett, Fukuyama, etc). I'm watching the Dennett video at the moment and it starts rather weakly, but, by midway through, is rolling along nicely. With topics like "being good without god" and "the anthropic principle" it struck me as relevant to a couple of recent askmefi threads
Dennett: [pause] i guess i'll say it again, more slowly...
(oh, and the player interface is rather delicate - give it time to load and click play a few times...)
posted by andrew cooke
on Oct 1, 2004 -
Folklore and Mythology E-Texts
A multicultural collection classified according to types and variants. See also the SurLaLune Fairy Tales Pages
(portal with annotated tales, tons of illustrations), Folk and Fairytales From Around the World
(not updated since 1997, unfortunately), Hans Christian Andersen
(tales and illustrations, plus additional links), Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers
(German and English, with some illustrations), the Grimm Index Page
(a complete set), Red Riding Hood: A Multimedia Edition
(exactly what it sounds like; those with sensitive eyes should be warned that the page is, well, red), and Tracey Callison's extensive Sources for the Analysis and Interpretation of Folk and Fairy Tales
posted by thomas j wise
on Sep 21, 2003 -
holds the center of the stage, the role of the personalized Brahman is colored with death and destruction. Shiva's stern asceticism casts a blight over the fields of rebirth. His presence negates and transcends the kaleidoscope of sufferings and joys. Nevertheless, he bestows wisdom and peace and is not only terrible but profoundly benign. Shiva's nature at once transcends and includes all the polarities of the living world." "Shiva opens his third eye only in anger, and the offender is burnt to cinders.
posted by sudama
on Aug 10, 2002 -
Lucas: Powerful reteller of myth - or galactic gasbag?
Salon has a scathing review of Lucas' claim that the basis of the Star Wars saga is in "man's oldest stories" and that he was guided by Joseph Campbell.
"With 'Star Wars' I consciously set about to re-create myths and the classic mythological motifs," Lucas says. "I wanted to use those motifs to deal with issues that exist today."
Hogwash, says author Steven Hart. Star Wars is based not on "The Odyssey" or the "Upanishads", but on Asimov, Heinlen, Herbert and other 20th century S.F.
posted by rshah21
on Apr 10, 2002 -