Tag Archive | Mythology

Mr. Eccles Presents | Crash Course World Mythology #39: Witches and Hags

This time, we look into the mythologies of admittedly patriarchal societies. Here, Mike Rugnetta teaches you about the stories we tell about witches and hags. It’s definitely unfortunate that a lot of social orders have generated stories about evil women with magical powers. Today we’re going to look at a few of those stories, and talk a little about why these stories appear, and what they mean.

 

The Cat & the Critter: Halloween Humor

A Tboli Nipa hut in Southern Philippines (orig...

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One of my interests is the mythology and folklore of one of my favorite countries, the PI, and I’ve got a story to tell about a sort of ghoul-like creature called buso, which only eat dead people, but have no problems with making live ones into dead ones. Cats can serve as protection from them, says the lore, as you’ll see…

One night, a buso wandered from the forest into a rural village, a little hungrier than usual, since few people had died lately of the usual causes. Spying a nipa-hut large enough to house a family, in a village housing several, the buso approached, thinking it would have an easy meal, but noticed the family cat sitting before the entrance, checking it out with inquisitive kitty eyes as it approached.

“Let me in, cat, since I’m feeling a bit peckish tonight, and there’s food within.”

Now, cats are prone to f*cking with people, even creepy undead ghoulish ones, and this cat was no exception, so he said to the buso,

“Well, I could let you in…but you’ve got to do something for me first. I want you to count every hair on my tail, and if you count all of them, down to the last one, I’ll let you go inside…Deal?”

This undead critter, being particularly dim, nodded its head, said  “Deal,” and began to count…1, 2, 3, 4,.. and so on, but just as it was approaching the last few strands of fur on the cat’s amply fluffy tail, the cat, true to form, flicked his tail, forcing the buso to begin again, and again, and again, to its increasing frustration, for its tummy was beginning to growl with emptiness.

“Stop that!” The undead thingy said, as the cat did his best to look mockingly apologetic, and it began counting again, but it was several hours since it had begun, once again beginning count. As the buso got to the last few strands of fur, the morning sun began to rise about the horizon, causing it to run off screaming into the forest, never to trouble the locals again.

WPS | Web Picks Sceptique for September 22, 2011

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WPS is a selection of links to blogs, news outlets, and cool little sites on the Web that relate to science, reason, skepticism, atheism, the fringes and borderlands of science, memes relating to science or skepticism, and anything that catches my eye or which I’m deluded enough to think might arouse the interest of you, my perspicacious readers. WPS is published weekly each Thursday on the Call.

Vampires?…or Lambpires? Baaah!

The Vampire

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I’m currently, in addition to studying my argumentation lecture notes, and proceeding nicely on the math course I’m taking, rereading a classic of Victorian horror, Dracula, a good and unabridged if well-loved copy I got from the local library, which I’ll have to post a few pics of sometime.

Dracula and I go way back; The first time I read the entire thing was in my early teens, and I’ve not been untouched by the bloodsucker bug as a gamer, either, since I used to play Vampire: the Masquerade during the ’90s, and rather enjoyed it for a time, before the whole WoD metaplot-thing got stupid.

Hell, I even owned a copy of the very first printing of Masquerade, in which the vampire ability later known as Animalism had the rather awkward designation of *ahem* Animality *cough* *cough*

I never bothered with Vampire: the Requiem, and haven’t looked back since, though I did start looking into real-world vampire legends from different parts of the world, particularly — since I’m partial to Asian cultures, and being single, ladies of Asian descent — tales of Asian vampires, or if not precisely that, things that go bump at night that resemble them in some details, like a bad habit of quaffing the bodily fluids or life-force of the living for some.

Not that there’s any such thing as a life-force, much less anything that sucks it out of you, mind you, but that’s neither here nor there.

Whether it’s the Penanggalan of Indonesia, the Manananggal and the Aswang of my most favoritest country, the Philippines, or really weird ones like the Chinese Qingshih, the geographic isolation, at least for centuries past, in regions of Asia have led to some very interesting examples of cultural drift and colorful traditions and superstitions, and I don’t believe for a second that there’s any such thing as a truly universal and generic culture with a set of legends and mythology that really speaks for them all.

That’s my view, at any rate…

So right now I’m going to be going over books on bloodsucker lore from lots of different cultures, and note, rather than commonalities, since those are few, but the distinctions and variety of the different traditions concerning these creatures.

I’ll close with a note: at one point, just as a joke, I came up with a sort of undead bloodsucking sheep, the *groan* Lambpire, which may have been unconsciously inspired by Twitterer @Tao23’s “venomous sheep” idea, but which I never got to use in a game, and that may have been a good thing….

Oh, and just to show that I’m not completely out of touch with popular culture: My opinion, however unfounded it may be, is that vampires that sparkle are just silly.

That is all.

A Myth is Found Alive and Well…..sort of… (by virginianopinions)

Wiccans, other pagans, little girls, and many fantasy fans, all secretly believe in their hearts about the powers of the Unicorn. Many cryptozoologists take the subject deadly serious. Now there is scientific proof, that a creature like the unicorn could have existed, and there is a real live unicorn….well almost, it lacks the large size, and it isn’t white, but it does have the single horn feature, with the proper placement, and it hasn’t been glued on….alive and on film, under study, in a repeatable setting….it lives in an injured animal preserve….in Italy. It is obviously a rare genetic defect, that if it occurred once, could be repeatable, and could be the source of the stories of legend…

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