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Myths and Legends

Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser

Arts, History, Books

4.8 • 25.2K Ratings

Overview

Jason Weiser and Carissa Weiser tell stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears. These are stories of wizards, knights, Vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.

472 Episodes

373: European Fairy Tales: The Elements

The story of Undine, by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, is a direct precursor to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" and comes inspired by the soulless elemental creatures some alchemists thought populated our world. Really they just want to marry you and are mostly nice. The creatures this week are the Sirena, the Boa, and more - extremely dangerous snakes who just want to drink way too much milk. Toe Croc Charms: https://www.amazon.com/beeurptnr-Charms-Unique-Decoration-Creativity/dp/B0D12PSKYK Undine Story: https://gutenberg.org/ebooks/2825 --- Sponsors: MeUndies: Get 20% off your first order, plus free shipping, at https://MeUndies.com/legends Shady Rays: Exclusively for our listeners, Shady Rays is giving out their best deal of the season. Head to https://shadyrays.com and use code: LEGENDS for $20 off polarized sunglasses. BetterHelp: This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp! Visit https://betterhelp.com/myths today to get 10% off your first month. Smalls: Head to https://Smalls.com/LEGENDS and use promo code LEGENDS at checkout for 50% off your first order PLUS free shipping! --- Music: "Warm Fingers" by Blue Dot Sessions "Verdigris" by Blue Dot Sessions "Castor Wheel Pivot" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 19 June 2024

372: Greek Myths: Things as they Are

The story of Demeter from Greek mythology is one of finding her place in the world. A world run by her terrible siblings, but it's ok. She's her own person and she can weather anything as long as she has her daughter Persephone by her side. As long as nothing happens to Persephone. The creature is the Ya-Te-Veo, a story told by people who traveled Central and South America in the 1800s. Disclaimer: https://myths.link/372 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Bombas: Get comfy this spring and give back with Bombas. Head over to https://bombas.com/legends and use code legends for twenty percent off your first purchase. AeroPress: Visit https://aeropress.com/legends and use the promo code LEGENDS to save 20% off your order. GhostBed: Ready for a more comfortable night of sleep? Visit https://GhostBed.com/legends and use the code LEGENDS to save 50% off your purchase sitewide! --- Music: "A Common Pause" by Blue Dot Sessions "Caustic Pulse" by Blue Dot Sessions "Onside" by Blue Dot Sessions "Stensal Landing" by Blue Dot Sessions "Greybeard" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 12 June 2024

371: Flemish folklore: Stuck

Two stories from Flanders (the region of Belgium, not Homer Simpson's annoyingly nice neighbor) about people who are stuck. One is a married couple who wants their long awaited dream to come true. The other is people who are literally stuck to a thing they shouldn't be touching in the first place. The creature is the Asanbosam, a pink Batman with great legs. Membership! https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Asanbosam at the BM: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/E_Af1935-1212-1 -- Sponsor: This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp! Visit https://betterhelp.com/myths today to get 10% off your first month. -- Music: "The Spinnet" by Blue Dot Sessions "Woodbird Theme" by Blue Dot Sessions "Grumpalo" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 5 June 2024

370: Aesop's Fables: State of Nature

It's fable time on Myths and Legends...despite fables being neither myths nor legends... They're fun, though, and you might just learn some of the wisdom of the ancients, like how you should never question the king. The creature is a very wise dragon. So wise that you should get all your answers from him. Namely the answer to the question: is that dragon dangerous? The answer, of course, being, no...now take a bath in barbecue sauce. --- Sponsor Quince: Upgrade your closet this summer with Quince. Right now, go to https://quince.com/legends to get free shipping and 365-day returns on your next order. --- Music: "Topslides" by Blue Dot Sessions "PolyCoat" by Blue Dot Sessions "Milkwood" by Blue Dot Session "Curious Case" by Blue Dot Session

Transcribed - Published: 29 May 2024

369: Japanese folklore: Pilgrims

Two stories from Japan. On the first, a former samurai's wife is up to something and he's going to figure out what. On the second, we'll see that kindness matters most...but only if you're absolutely forced into doing it. The creature is the salamander! It'll turn you into a spicy human burrito! Want to support the show? https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership A TED-Ed video of the second story: https://myths.link/pilgrims-teded --- Sponsors: GhostBed: Visit GhostBed.com/legends and use the code LEGENDS to save 50% off your purchase sitewide! Shady Rays: Exclusively for our listeners, Shady Rays is giving out their best deal of the season. Head to https://shadyrays.com and use code: LEGENDS for $20 off polarized sunglasses. Try for yourself the shades rated 5 stars by over 300,000 people. BetterHelp: Myths and Legends is Sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit https://betterhelp.com/myths today to get 10% off your first month. ---- Music: "Lost Stage" by Blue Dot Sessions "Dolly and Pad" by Blue Dot Sessions "Helter's Barrow" by Blue Dot Sessions "Hibiscus" by Blue Dot Sessions "Just Tuning Up" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 22 May 2024

368: Indian Fairy Tales: Eye Love You

When your seven spouses all have the same dream on the same night and ask you not to do the thing they dreamt would lead to problems for all of you...maybe don't immediately do that thing. The creature is Sæhrímnir from Norse myth, AKA ham sandwiches. Dog wigs: https://myths.link/dogwigs Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: MeUndies: Get 20% off your first order, plus free shipping, at https://meundies.com/legends Shopify: Sign up for a one-dollar-per-month trial period at https://shopify.com/legends Bombas: Get comfy this spring and give back with Bombas. Head over to https://bombas.com/legends and use code legends for twenty percent off your first purchase. --- Music: "Memeti" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sargento" by Blue Dot Sessions "Gallant Fantasie" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 15 May 2024

367: Irish folklore: Daft Monk

The madcap story of what happens when a monk decides he doesn't want to be a monk anymore. He wants to make way more money...as a poet. Also, why it might be weird if you're eating several cows for breakfast. Back shaver: https://myths.link/backshaver Irish source: https://myths.link/anier1 English source: https://myths.link/anier2 --- Sponsors: Shady Rays: Head to https://shadyrays.com and use code: LEGENDS for $20 off polarized sunglasses. BetterHelp: Myths and Legends is Sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit https://betterhelp.com/myths today to get 10% off your first month. Field of Greens: Visit https://fieldofgreens.com and use promo code LEGENDS for your discount. --- Music: "Kremp" by Blue Dot Sessions "Titter Snowbird" by Blue Dot Sessions "Laddo" by Blue Dot Sessions "Arctic Draba" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

366: Monkey King: Roadblock

Back in the Journey to the West and Monkey has a fan club, the Tang Monk teaches an impromptu class, and Pigsy finds his calling: sitting and eating. The creatures are the Ruslaki, and they're very easy to break up with. Shrok Pillow: https://myths.link/shrok --- Music: "Germaine" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lush Arborio" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sparkling Craft" by Blue Dot Sessions "Simple Aside" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 1 May 2024

365: Korean folklore: Goblin

Two stories of goblins (도깨비) from Korean folklore and how, if they stop by, you'll want to have drinks on hand because it might just save your life. The creature is Ratatoskr, the greatest* squirrel in Norse myth. *only Disclaimer and list of Dokkaebi: https://myths.link/365 --- Sponsors: Quince: Upgrade your wardrobe and enjoy free shipping and 365-day returns at https://Quince.com/legends GhostBed: Ready for a more comfortable night of sleep? Visit https://GhostBed.com/legends and use code LEGENDS to save 50% off your purchase sitewide. BetterHelp: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Find your social sweet spot, with BetterHelp. Try online therapy at https://BetterHelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- Music: "Cornicob" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lofoten Eggels" by Blue Dot Sessions "Raskt Landsby" by Blue Dot Sessions "Timble Rider Theme" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 24 April 2024

364: English folklore: Of Mice and Men...and Frogs...and Birds

When your parents get you three tiny men in a golden box as a going away present. The creature is the Neugle, who will drown you but feel super bad about it. AI Bird feeder that you probably shouldn't buy: https://myths.link/birdfeeder -- Sponsors: Style for everyone and unmatched comfort—that’s MeUndies! Get 20% off your first order, plus free shipping, at https://MeUndies.com/legends Can you solve the case? June needs your help, detective! Download June’s Journey for free today on iOS and Android! https://wooga.com/games/junes-journey -- Music: "Delicious" by Blue Dot Sessions "Crown of September" by Blue Dot Sessions "Willow Willow" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 17 April 2024

363: Slavic Folklore: One High Five Man

The story of Yaroslav is one of growing up and figuring out who you are...so you can stop accidentally killing people with your deadly high-fives. The creature is the Pombrero, a sleazy, muscly little hobbit who might already be in your house. --- Sponsors: Can you crack the case? Download June’s Journey for free today on iOS and Android! https://www.wooga.com/games/junes-journey This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Find your social sweet spot, with BetterHelp. Try online therapy at https://BetterHelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- "Miniatures" by Blue Dot Sessions "Stuffed Monsters" by Blue Dot Sessions "Bird Language" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 10 April 2024

362: Chinese folklore: Broken

Two stories from Chinese folklore about broken things. A broken pot, a broken future, and how things can come together to heal. And why you shouldn't go to work drunk or else you might have to arrest a tiger. The creature is the tooth tyrant, the Odontotyrannos, and it's not an angry dentist. Links: Uncle Jim's Worm Farm: https://myths.link/liftinjimmy --- Sponsors: Ready for a more comfortable night of sleep? Visit https://GhostBed.com/legends and use code LEGENDS to save 50% off your purchase sitewide. Robinhood Gold gets you the most for your retirement. Get started at https://Robinhood.com/boost. Terms and conditions apply. Scary sock drawer? No more! Discover why Bombas makes our favorite socks, tees, and underwear at https://Bombas.com/legends and use code “legends“ for 20% off your first purchase. Feel good and do good, with Bombas. --- Music: "Jumbel" by Blue Dot Sessions "Gathering Stasis" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lemon and Melon" by Blue Dot Sessions "Liptis" by Blue Dot Sessions "Town Market" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 3 April 2024

361: English folklore: In a Pickle (jar)

Two stories from English folklore about perspective, and how you can't get something for nothing, but you can absolutely get nothing for something. The creature is an outlandish, bizarre, and strange creature known as an "ostrich." Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar: https://myths.link/vinegar The Bogey Beast: https://myths.link/bogeysonyourtail Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Sponsors: Shopify: Grow your business, no matter what stage you’re in, with Shopify. Go to https://shopify.com/legends (all lowercase) to get started! BetterHelp: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Learn to make time for what makes you happy, with BetterHelp. Try online therapy at https://BetterHelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. Music: "Calisson" by Blue Dot Sessions "Crumbling Dock" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lights Out" by Blue Dot Sessions "Beignet Interlude" by Blue Dot Sessions "Rafter" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2024

360: Leprechauns: Lucky

The saga of Fergus mac LĂ©ti is, apparently, the first time leprechauns make their appearance in folklore. It's also the first time leprechauns try to kill a guy, get stuck in porridge, and offer some magical menswear. The creature this time is the Oyaleroweck, who's thriving in the absence of knights in Canada. We actually merged two stories of Fergus. Here's one translation of the overarching narrative: https://www.ucd.ie/tlh/trans/dab.eriu.16.001.t.text.html Here's the inset one with King Iubdan: https://www.maryjones.us/ctexts/fergusmacleide.html Here's the membership if you're looking for more when we're off next week! https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Sponsors! ExpressVPN: Try ExpressVPN today with 3 extra months free at https://ExpressVPN.com/legends Thrive Market: Save time and money, and shop Thrive Market today! Go to https://ThriveMarket.com/legends for 30% off your first order, plus a FREE $60 gift. Music: "Daphne" by Chad Crouch "Dog and Pony Show" by Chad Crouch "Dutiligi" by Chad Crouch "In My Head" by Chad Crouch "Midnight Blue" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2024

359: Celtic Folklore: A Berry Good Day...for Murder?

Munachar and Manachar are two friends out for a fun day of berry picking, but when one commits the only unforgivable sin of hogging all the berries, the only response is swift, murder-y justice. Time to recruit some accomplices The creature is the nain, and it will help you know if you're making terrible life choices (and also encourage you to learn a foreign language!) --- Munachar and Manachar: https://myths.link/berrymurder Not the Breman town musicians but kind of: https://myths.link/notbreman Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Learn to make time for what makes you happy, with BetterHelp. Try online therapy at https://BetterHelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. Get comfy this spring and give back with Bombas. Head to https://Bombas.com/legends and use code “legends” at checkout for 20% off your first purchase. It’s 2024. Are you still feeding your cat...kibble? Head to https://Smalls.com/LEGENDS and use promo code LEGENDS at checkout for 50% off your first order PLUS free shipping. --- Music: "Mind Body Mind" by Blue Dot Sessions "Tin Cavalry" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sino de Cobre" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 6 March 2024

358: Monkey King: Winded

Back in the Journey to the West where Monkey and the gang are actually having an easy time of it and WHY IS IT SO HOT? The creature is Muirbech who is not a sea bee, and while it should get in trouble for false advertising it is already in jail until Judgement Day? --- Sponsors: Make a healthy choice today and try Field of Greens. Get 15% off your first order plus free rush shipping with promo code LEGENDS at https://FieldofGreens.com --- Music: "Jenny K" by Blue Dot Sessions "Cran Ras" by Blue Dot Sessions "Thick Irony" by Chad Crouch "Pigeon Falls" by Blue Dot Sessions "City Limits" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 28 February 2024

357: Icelandic Folklore: Dog Days

A lost prince, a magic TARDIS barrel, and a talking dog take us to Jötunheim and back in the story of Prince Ring from Icelandic folklore. The creature is mouse deer who just wants to dance and hopefully not kill anyone. --- Links: Ring source: https://myths.link/princering Glitter drink why would you do this: https://myths.link/glitter Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Factor: No prep and no mess meals ready to heat and eat? Factor has us covered. Head to https://FactorMeals.com/legends50 and use code: legends50 for 50 percent off. BetterHelp: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Become your own soulmate, whether you’re looking for one or not. Try online therapy at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- Music: "Ginger" by Chad Crouch "Mullberry" by Chad Crouch "Alsace" by Chad Crouch "Rabbit in the Leaflitter" by Chad Crouch "In the Cottonwoods" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 21 February 2024

356: 1001 Nights: Nifty Fifty

A story from 1001 Nights about how to get rid of that annoying babysitter and what to do if your husbands keep getting killed (the answer is, apparently, to keep getting married). The creature is the sea monk, neither a monk nor a sea creature, but a horrifying Cthulhu mash-up. Creature pictures: https://myths.link/356 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Thrive Market is helping us stick to a healthier year. Join for the savings, the convenience, the flavors, and high quality at https://ThriveMarket.com/legends Smalls: For 50% off your first order, head to https://Smalls.com/LEGENDS and use code LEGENDS. --- Music: "Fill and Forage" by Blue Dot Sessions "Bristlecone" by Chad Crouch "Lunette" by Blue Dot Sessions "ShadowPlay" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 14 February 2024

355: Greek/Roman myth: There's Something About Ares

The stories of the creation from Roman/Greek mythology, the first werewolf, and Pygmalion, and also some Ares stuff because this is his week I guess. The creature, the Bonnacon (or, as cultured people say, Bo-nacho), has fiery diarrhea. Insert spicy food/White Castle joke here. Disclaimer: https://myths.link/355 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Inflatable cow for some reason: https://myths.link/mooooooo --- Sponsor: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Become your own soulmate, whether you’re looking for one or not. Try online therapy at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- Music: "Croner Dilesh" by Blue Dot Sessions "Hrse Hrse" by Blue Dot Sessions "Particle End" by Blue Dot Sessions "Where we Make our Stand" by Chad Crouch "Talens Bal" by Blue Dot Sessions "Iris" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 7 February 2024

354: Japanese folklore: Cursed

Two stories about finding people who like you for you. Not because you wear a rice bowl on your head. Or because you spend way too much time looking in the mirror. It's the stories of the Black Rice Bowl and the Mirror from Kyoto, from Japanese folklore. The creatures are real life magpies, chaos birds. Praying mantis eggs: "Each Egg Pod Contains 20-500 Babies!" https://myths.link/mantis Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsor: Field of Greens is our new super-fruit and vegetable habit. It’s the only fruit and vegetable product that promises better health, too. Get 15 percent off your first order and free rush shipping at https://FieldOfGreens.com and use promo code: LEGENDS --- Music: "Bellow's Hull" by Blue Dot Sessions "Quiet Sill" by Blue Dot Sessions "Cedar" by Chad Crouch "Grove Melody" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 31 January 2024

353: Irish folklore: Beggars Belief

The story of a storyteller who can't think of a story to tell, and how a stranger solves that problem by getting him fired and taking him on wacky adventures with too many beheadings. The creature is the Lou Carcolh. Brace yourself, snail links are coming. Snails: I don't know if this is a good price for snails: https://myths.link/snails No idea why I find this video of a snail eating a cucumber so unnerving, but here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifjpgt26osY Here's one eating a strawberry. I hate this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhXJxUgY46Q Snail eating spaghetti. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw-D9cdGAjo Very solid post and one of my sources for the Lou Carcolh: https://myths.link/carcolh Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors Smalls: For 50% off your first order, head to https://Smalls.com/LEGENDS and use code LEGENDS. Factor: Factor is our time saver! With restaurant-quality, ready-to-eat meal delivery bursting with flavor, Factor takes the stress out of meal time. Try it and get 50 percent off at https://FactorMeals.com/legends50 AND use code: legends50 --- Music "Peter Gray" by Chad Crouch "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" by Chad Crouch "All the Pretty Horses" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 24 January 2024

352: French folklore: The Darling Formerly Known as Prince

How do you ensure your children grow up to be good people? You work with a fairy to design jewelry that stabs them, of course! The creature this week is Lamia! She will pull out her own eyeballs and eat your children, but she also has a budding career in the movies? Sad duck lamp: https://myths.link/sadduck Source for today: https://myths.link/pd Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Music: "B Roll" by Chad Crouch "The Ramble" by Chad Crouch "Pilgrim's Progress" by Chad Crouch "Barefoot" by Chad Crouch "Pacing" by Chad Crouch --- Sponsors: Grow your business, no matter what stage you’re in, with Shopify: https://shopify.com/legends Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Celebrate the progress you’ve already made and give therapy a try at https://BetterHelp.com/myths

Transcribed - Published: 17 January 2024

351: Dragons: Alternate History

A mother and son are surviving at the end of the world, while monsters prowl the wasteland all around. And now, one of them wants to leave. The creature is the Kudan (件), a human-faced bovine who wants you to have its poster up in your home. A lot of posters, actually. Source: https://myths.link/georgie Lion bites: https://myths.link/lionbites Disclaimer: https://myths.link/351 --- Sponsors: Bombas makes clothing that feels good and does good, too. It’s our favorite! Get cozy at https://Bombas.com/legends WITH code: legends ExpressVPN: Secure your online data today by visiting https://ExpressVPN.com/legends Join in on the savings with Thrive Market today at https://ThriveMarket.com/legends --- Music: "Button" by Chad Crouch "Wisp" by Chad Crouch "Warm Fingers" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lullaby" by Chad Crouch "Shifty Crow" by Chad Crouch "Rarified" by Chad Crouch "Small Bummer" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 10 January 2024

350: Korean folklore: Ghosts and Goblins

Three(ish) stories from the Korean peninsula about ghosts and goblins. Kind of. Some are actual ghosts and goblins (도깨비). Some are the ghosts of happier times and the lives we thought we wanted. Some goblins literally beat us up when they cheat at board games. There's a lot to learn this week. The creature is the Kting Voar, a creature that definitely does not exist, but not for lack of being extremely normal and boring. Kting Voar article: https://myths.link/academicrigorcryptidstyle Cow eating snake (NOT the Kting Voar): https://myths.link/snakeyum Story 1 (the literary man): https://myths.link/literaryman Story 2: https://myths.link/snakesrevenge Story 3: https://myths.link/charan Explosion-proof your cloppy friend (but not really): https://myths.link/superhorse Disclaimer: https://myths.link/350 --- Sponsor: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- Music: "Cirrocumulous" by Chad Crouch "Venus Aire" by Blue Dot Sessions "Cortesia" by Blue Dot Sessions "Flatlands 1st" by Blue Dot Sessions "Night Music" by Blue Dot Sessions "The Bond" by Chad Crouch "Virginia Creeper" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 3 January 2024

349: Monkey King: My Own Worst Enemy

We're back in the stories of the Monkey King on the Journey to the West and we'll see that not everyone who is mean to you is a demon. They might be a murderous bandit! Also, try to make friends that can tell the difference between you and your evil doppelgänger. The creature is the Kongamato, a (maybe?) actual dinosaur. It is truly terrible and annoying and bad, but only slightly murdery! --- Sponsor: Hello Fresh: HelloFresh is farm-fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and seasonal recipes delivered right to your doorstep. The Weisers are loving it—see why at https://HelloFresh.com/mythsfree AND use code: mythsfree --- Music: "Gentle Son" by Blue Dot Sessions "La Inglesa" by Blue Dot Sessions "Paramo Ocho" by Blue Dot Sessions "Santo Apure" by Blue Dot Sessions "Zulia Conspiracy" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 27 December 2023

348: World Folklore: Untitled Goose Episode

Two myths and a lie! Two stories this week are tales from world folklore. One is a tale created by us for this episode. Check out the poll in our Instagram stories (https://instagram.com/mythsandlegends) or vote on the site if you're not on Instagram (https://myths.link/348) to let us know which one you think is the lie! -- Sponsors: BetterHelp: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. Try AG1: the daily Foundational Nutrition supplement that supports whole-body health. https://drinkAG1.com/LEGENDS -- Music: "Derano" by Blue Dot Sessions "November Mist" by Blue Dot Sessions "Some Nights End" by Blue Dot Sessions "Watercress" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 20 December 2023

347: Viking Legends: Fool Me Once

The story of Ketil Trout is about growing up and learning to be your own person. It's a coming-of-age tale with giant fights, dragon slaying, and outlaw who know way to many trout facts. The creature, Nure-onna, is that woman down by the beach who is not-so-secretly also a quarter-mile-long snake. Links! Doorstop buddy: https://myths.link/doorstopbuddy Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Butter in the Middle Ages, because I knew you wanted to know: https://academic.oup.com/book/2756/chapter-abstract/143245170?redirectedFrom=fulltext https://www.butterjournal.com/butter-history/ -- Sponsors! Factor is making a difference for us this holiday. Try fresh, flavor-packed meals delivered to your door, ready in just 2 minutes without the prep at https://FactorMeals.com/legends50 MasterClass makes a meaningful gift this season, for you and anyone on your list. Boost confidence with practical takeaways from the world’s best at https://MasterClass.com/myths When you give Bombas this holiday, you’re giving more comfort and more good. We love Bombas, and it’s the perfect gift this year: https://bombas.com/legends with code: legends -- Music: "Elmore Heights" by Blue Dot Sessions "Vik Fence Lardha" by Blue Dot Sessions "Steady" by Chad Crouch "Valladolid Funeral" by Blue Dot Sessions "Illustrated Novel" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

346: Athena: Friends in Need

Tales of everyone's favorite Olympian in charge of warfare, wisdom (& crafts!): Athena. Well, everyone's favorite except for anyone who has been led to a grisly adventurer fate by her. Or been turned into a monster by her. Or has adopted a snake from her. Or... The creature is Hyena Man! He's way worse than the DC Comics supervillain that shares his name because he will literally eat children. Disclaimer: https://myths.link/346 Hyena men: https://myths.link/hyenas Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Try AG1: the daily Foundational Nutrition supplement that supports whole-body health. https://drinkAG1.com/LEGENDS Indeed: Get your jobs more visibility and match with the candidates you need at https://Indeed.com/LEGENDS Hello Fresh: Skip the grocery store with HelloFresh and enjoy farm-fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and seasonal recipes delivered to your doorstep. Go to https://HelloFresh.com/mythsfree and use code "mythsfree" for free breakfast for life (one breakfast item per box while subscription is active). Uncommon Goods: Find the perfect gift for anyone and everyone in your life with the help of Uncommon Goods: https://UncommonGoods.com/LEGENDS --- Music: "Elderberry" by Chad Crouch "Freesia" by Chad Crouch "Delham Corner" by Blue Dot Sessions "Darkened Treeline" by Blue Dot Sessions "Qi" by Blue Dot Sessions "La Focsa" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 6 December 2023

345: Welsh legends: Fetch Quest

The story of Culhwch and Olwen is that of a thousand quests and why it's probably ok to name your baby after the place they were born...but maybe not if they were born in a literal pigsty. The creature this week is the Hydrus, who is not the Lernian Hydra, of Heracles fame, but it does get a second act as a Biblical metaphor. Culhwch and Olwen: https://myths.link/fetchquests Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsor: This episode of Myths and Legends is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at https://betterhelp.com/myths and get on your way to being your best self. --- Music: "Dandelions" by Chad Crouch "Space" by Chad Crouch "Edgeworthia" by Chad Crouch "Peonies" by Chad Crouch "Moonrise" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 29 November 2023

344: Armenian folklore: Giants, Giants Everywhere

The story of Mirza, from Armenian folklore, and why it pays to be a heavy sleeper. Also, if you find your incredibly angry, stinky uncle chained up in a closet...it's probably best to leave him there. If you can. The creature this week is Big Bird! If Big Bird ate corpses... The story of Mirza: https://myths.link/mirza --- Music: "Bossa Boa" by Blue Dot Sessions "Crosswire" by Blue Dot Sessions "Halpver" by Blue Dot Sessions "Where we Make our Stand" by Chad Crouch "Pacific Wrens (Instrumental)"" by Chad Crouch --- Sponsors: Kickstart your holiday shopping with Uncommon Goods. We’re all out of the ordinary: https://UncommonGoods.com/legends

Transcribed - Published: 22 November 2023

343: British Legends: Mr. Nice Knight

A knight learns that generosity for those in need is good. Generosity to the point where you're in a worse spot than those you're helping? Maybe it's time to make a budget. Also, why you should follow that very, very stinky man in the woods. The creature is the Hobyah! Despite their fun sounding name, they're horrible. Their victims, sadly, are not much better. --- Amadas: https://myths.link/amadas The Manatea: https://myths.link/manatea The membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Learn from the best to become your best. Give the gift of MasterClass this holiday season! https://masterclass.com/myths --- Music: "Village Keeper" by Blue Dot Sessions "Mill Wyrm" by Blue Dot Sessions "Backwards Flow" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2023

342: Japanese folklore: Lord Long Legs

Lord Long Legs is a spider daimyo with ruthless mantis samurai. Sazaye has an impenetrable shell that will always keep him safe. An eel grilling couple discovers a secret in their midst. Three stories collide on this week's episode. The creature is why hydration might actually be hazardous to your health. --- Sponsors: Uncommon Goods: Whoever you’re shopping for, Uncommon Goods knows exactly what they want. Find it here: https://UncommonGoods.com/legends Bombas: Give more this holiday in more ways than one, with Bombas. Ready to go Gift Boxes, socks, underwear, t-shirts, slippers. All here: https://bombas.com/legends WITH code: legends Simplisafe: Protect your home inside and out, with SimpliSafe: https://simplisafe.com/legends --- Music: "Bon Journee" by Chad Crouch "Villano" by Blue Dot Sessions "Road to Jordan" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lonely Stairwell" by Blue Dot Sessions "Drizzle" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 8 November 2023

341: Greek Mythology: The Huntress

What happens when you mix chastity, violence, and absolutely zero private baths? The history of the Olympian Artemis...and a whole lot of problems. The creature this week is the Heinzelmännchen, the little naked men who live in your walls. Nic Cage spoons: https://myths.link/spooons Disclaimer: https://myths.link/341 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Indeed! Join more than 3 million businesses worldwide that use Indeed to hire great talent fast at https://Indeed.com/legends Canva! Collaborate with Canva for Teams, and see why we use it almost every day: https://canva.me/MYTHS --- Music: "Brer Krille" by Blue Dot Sessions "The Gran Dias" by Blue Dot Sessions "Uncertain Ground" by Blue Dot Sessions "Don Germaine" by Blue Dot Sessions "Dawn Line Approaching" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2023

340: Halloween: The Night that the Skeletons Came to Life

A Halloween story about the specter bridegroom. A bridegroom. Who's also a specter...and the bride who's actually really ok with that. The creature is a little piggy with soul. Your soul, to be exact. Disclaimer: https://myths.link/340 Banana injector: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CPSCLSW Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsor: Masterclass! Learn from the best to become your best, with MasterClass: https://masterclass.com/myths --- Music: "Spring Migration" by Chad Crouch "Vik Fence Haflak" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sixmile Piano" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 25 October 2023

339: Norse Legends, Part 2: Fjord of the Rings

The story of Frithiof and Ingeborg is rife with evil trolls, good trolls, sea witches, land witches, and how to move on when the tragedy of the past has changed you (into an actual troll). The creatures this week are Havman and Havfrue, Danish mer-people who might mer-der you or just give you a nice mer-ssage to relax. Mer. Sources: https://myths.link/339 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsor: Simplisafe: Protect your whole home with SimpliSafe Home Security. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe: https://simplisafe.com/legends --- Music: "Daybreak" by Chad Crouch "Dusk" by Chad Crouch "Invicta" by Blue Dot Sessions "Manaan" by Blue Dot Sessions "Small Hours" by Chad Crouch "The Gloaming" by Chad Crouch "A Convocation" by Chad Crouch "Bird Language" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 18 October 2023

338: Norse Legends, Part 1: Mr. Viking, the Viking

Viking is a Viking. His dad was either not very creative when it came to naming him, or had a very specific plan for his life. In his story we meet evil giants, awesome mythological dwarf dads, and the only Viking ball game that doesn't turn deadly...during the ball game. It kind of does immediately afterward, though. The creature is Hogboy! It's a barrow-wight, and it's actually way more terrifying than it sounds. --- Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Coddies: https://myths.link/coddies --- Sponsors: Audible: Enjoy and discover audio entertainment in one app. New members can try Audible free for 30 days at https://audible.com/legends or text the word legends to 500-500 Bombas: Layer with the very best and give to someone who needs it at the same time, with Bombas. Socks, tees, underwear, all at https://bombas.com/legends --- Music: "Cicle Deserrat" by Blue Dot Sessions "Backwater" by Chad Crouch "Lover's Hollow" by Chad Crouch "Highride Chrome" by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 11 October 2023

337: Greek Mythology: The Oracle

For the god of healing, Apollo sure does a lot of the exact opposite. Born to a mother on the run from a giant snake, Apollo's life only gets more chaotic and destructive from there. The creature is Half-Chick! He might be only half a chicken, but he's 100% enema. Yes, you just read that correctly. Disclaimer: https://myths.link/337 --- Sponsor: Need to hire? You need Indeed! Start hiring now at https://Indeed.com/legends --- Music: "Unit 34" by Blue Dot Sessions "The Broker" by Blue Dot Sessions "Stephi" by Blue Dot Sessions "The Sunshades" by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 4 October 2023

336: Monkey King: The Golden Cicada Bachelor

Xuanzang, the monk leading the Monkey King, Pigsy, and Sandy on their journey to the west doesn't want to get married. The city full of women who want to marry him don't really care. The creature is the Guyascutus, a deadly alligator. Imagine that. What an oddity. --- Disclaimer: https://myths.link/336 Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Nose Flute: https://myths.link/noseflute --- Music: Mountain Road by Blue Dot Sessions When We Set Out by Blue Dot Sessions Constructivism by Chad Crouch Ludyku by Chad Crouch Constructivism by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 27 September 2023

335: Indian folklore: Got Your Nose

Two stories from Indian folklore where we learn that you should always know your exact weight in mangos...because it might help you outrun those eight guys trying to murder you. Also, being a parent is difficult, especially when your clever ideas to punish your kids just make them more awesome. The creature is the Gulon, from Sweden. It'll turn you into farts. Membership! https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Shrimp neck pillow: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ABKKCTW --- Sponsor: SimpliSafe Home Security is the peace of mind we needed. There’s no safe like SimpliSafe! https://simplisafe.com/legends --- Music: Pacing by Chad Crouch Steady Drizzle by Chad Crouch Cerulean by Chad Crouch Sea Smoke by Chad Crouch Boligado by Chad Crouch De Facto by Chad Crouch Dutilugi by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 20 September 2023

334: Arabian folklore, part 2: The Enemy of my Enemy is my Enemy

The story of Fatima is a long one with many twists and turns. There are genies, evil wizards, massive battles, and a world-wide trek to make sure evil pays for its crimes, but at the center is Fatima, a woman who won't back down no matter the opposition, and who always stands for what she knows is right. The creature is a hairy naked man (another one!) but you actually might want to make this one your friend. --- Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/15951/334-arabian-folklore-part-2-the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-enemy/ Sources The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman The Warrior Women of Islam The Arabian Epic, Heroic and Oral Storytelling Volume 3 Rejected Princesses --- Sponsors: Bombas Bombas makes the season comfy with socks, tees, and underwear that feel good and do good: https://bombas.com/legends and use code: legends Audible Enjoy and discover audio entertainment in one app. New members can try Audible free for 30 days at https://Audible.com/legends or text the word legends to 500-500 --- Music: Tedukedo by Chad Crouch Pytarevubu by Chad Crouch Lead Shroud by Blue Dot Sessions Hills by Chad Crouch Wren Language by Blue Dot Sessions Dolly and Pad by Blue Dot Sessions Amaranthus by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 13 September 2023

333: Arabian folklore, part 1: Resolve

The epic story of Fatima, Dhat Al-Himma, the warrior woman, princess, mystic begins with the misadventures of her family line where they learn the perils of bad poetry, why you shouldn't marry genies, and it might be a bad thing to constantly rob your enemies when your bank account gets a little low. The creature is Grootslang, a snake with diamond eyes that maybe has an elephant best friend. --- Disclaimer: https://myths.link/333 --- Sponsor: AG1: the daily Foundational Nutrition supplement that supports whole-body health. Check it out: https://drinkAG1.com/legends --- Music: Grove Melody by Chad Crouch Numesy by Chad Crouch Sea Smoke by Chad Crouch Rack Focus by Chad Crouch Afternoons by Chad Crouch Little Brown Bird by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 6 September 2023

332: Japanese folklore: Frog and Slug are Friends

Slug, frog, snake, shoot! You've heard of rock, paper, scissors, but have you heard of slug, frog, snake? That old man you're trying to rob who lives in the mountains by himself has. Hope you like everything being covered in slime. Apparently these characters were reimagined for the manga/anime Naruto, but I haven't seen Naruto, so please don't sue me, people who own Naruto. The creature is Jasconius. The island that will eat you. --- Links Source for today's show: https://myths.link/frogmagic Disclaimer: https://myths.link/332 --- Music: A Harbinger by Chad Crouch The Folly of Human Conceits by Chad Crouch Camas by Chad Crouch Lakira by Chad Crouch The Grove by Chad Crouch Outlook by Chad Crouch In My Head by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 30 August 2023

331: English Folklore: Bad Habits

Two stories from English folklore about the secrets we keep. The first is the story of the Monk of Leicester, Dan Hew, a man who has a few verses of poetry he wants to yell at the married women of the village. All the married women. Humphrey Kynaston likes to party and has made it his life's goal to spend all his dad's money, a goal he'll be able to check off his todo list sooner than he thinks because he's terrible with money. The creature is the Dobhar-Chu, a vicious otter who might just get his own true crime podcast. Disclaimer: https://myths.link/331 YouTube video where you can see a couple of the places from the second story, about Humphrey Kynaston: https://myths.link/humphrey Forbes article on when otters attack: https://myths.link/otter --- Subscribe super-easily to ad-free and bonus episodes on Apple Podcasts! Check it out: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/myths-and-legends/id990897842 --- Sponsors: The Farmer's Dog: The Farmer’s Dog makes and delivers fresh, healthy dog food. It’s Mila’s favorite! https://thefarmersdog.com/myths --- Music: Step in, Step Out by Blue Dot Sessions Rally by Blue Dot Sessions Myrian by Blue Dot Sessions Posh and Vine by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 23 August 2023

330: Jewish Folklore: The Gilded Cage

Two stories from Yiddish folklore of taking a chance, making a change, going for a ride on a giant bird's wings, yelling at a classroom full of kids, and marrying a demon. Not necessarily in that order. The creature is the Piskie, from Cornwall. It's hopefully wearing clothing! Links! Grass sandals: https://myths.link/grassflop Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsor: Peace of mind and all the tech. Before your next getaway, protect your home with SimpliSafe Home Security: https://simplisafe.com/legends --- Music: VK Mendl by Blue Dot Sessions Element Ore by Blue Dot Sessions Jog to the Water by Blue Dot Sessions Drone Thistle by Blue Dot Sessions Crumbtown by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 16 August 2023

329: Danish Folklore: Out of the Box

What would you do if you could have anything you could imagine, but it would cost you everything you have? That's not a choice Hans made, but one he was stuck with when his dad made a terrible deal for a wishing box. The creature is why you should help out that unfortunate stranger with their laundry (but not really) --- Links: Washerwoman book bit: https://myths.link/washerwoman That condiment bottle: https://myths.link/condiment Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership --- Sponsors: Canva for Teams is our go-to for all things visual content. Collaborate and design with Canva for Teams with a FREE 45-day extended trial: https://canva.me/myths Indeed: Find great talent, fast with the hiring platform where you can Attract, Interview, and Hire all in one place: https://indeed.com/legends Find your outer peace with Bombas socks, underwear, and tshirts: https://bombas.com/legends --- Music: Watercool Quiet by Blue Dot Sessions Burham Street by Blue Dot Sessions Line Etching by Blue Dot Sessions Overlook on Fairview by Blue Dot Sessions Delham Corner by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 9 August 2023

328: Monkey King: Bullish

We're back in the story of the Monkey King with the Journey to the West, and we'll see Sun Wukong finally meet his match: a buffalo with a headband. The creature of the week is the yamachichi, a creepy dude who loves morning breath. And also killing you. --- Links! The Yamachichi: https://yokai.com/yamachichi/ The Journey to the West: https://myths.link/journey Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Instagram: https://instagram.com/mythsandlegends --- Sponsor: Audible: Enjoy and discover audio entertainment in one app. New members can try Audible free for 30 days at https://Audible.com/legendsor text the word legends to 500-500 --- Music Caseco by Blue Dot Sessions Hotel Calafat by Blue Dot Sessions Tango Rosino by Blue Dot Sessions Silent Ocean by Blue Dot Sessions Delicates by Blue Dot Sessions Cherry Heath by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 25 July 2023

506: 327-French Fairy Tales: Sister, Sister

The story of Finette Cendron is like a greatest hits of fairy tales. A tale of betrayal, sisters, ogres, bad poetry, and haircuts, we see three sisters brave the wilds and everything the fairy tale world can throw at them, to make things right. The creature is Cutty Soams! He'll cut your soams...if he's not a secret Scooby-Doo villain. --- Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Catpaw: https://myths.link/catpaw Disclaimer: https://myths.link/327 --- Music: Alsace by Chad Crouch Evening Overture by Chad Crouch Morning Coda by Chad Crouch Ruby by Chad Crouch The Blue Room by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2023

327-French Fairy Tales: Sister, Sister

The story of Finette Cendron is like a greatest hits of fairy tales. A tale of betrayal, sisters, ogres, bad poetry, and haircuts, we see three sisters brave the wilds and everything the fairy tale world can throw at them, to make things right. The creature is Cutty Soams! He'll cut your soams...if he's not a secret Scooby-Doo villain. --- Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Catpaw: https://myths.link/catpaw Disclaimer: https://myths.link/327 --- Music: Alsace by Chad Crouch Evening Overture by Chad Crouch Morning Coda by Chad Crouch Ruby by Chad Crouch The Blue Room by Chad Crouch

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2023

326-1001 Nights: Enough

Three brothers. One cousin...who they want to marry. It starts in a weird place this week. Three brothers are sent on a quest: the brother who brought back the strangest, coolest item would get to marry her. A story with magic carpets, genies, fairies, and a man who can wrap his mustache around his head, we learn the value of communication, understanding, and not having people murdered. The creature this week might not be a creature at all, but simply an elderly woman who doesn't want to be attacked with a knife. --- Links: Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Pizza bicycle: https://myths.link/bicyclepizza First story source (with questionable anthropology): https://myths.link/threeprinces Second story source: https://myths.link/princeahmed --- Sponsors: The Farmer's Dog:Help keep your dog happy and healthy for all your adventures together with The Farmer’s Dog: https://thefarmersdog.com/myths Audible: Enjoy and discover audio entertainment in one app. New members can try Audible free for 30 days: https://Audible.com/legends or text the word legends to 500-500 --- Music: Kaleidoscope by Adrian Berenguer An Oddly Formal Dance by Blue Dot Sessions Play by Adrian Berenguer Winter by Adrian Berenguer Days Pass by Adrian Berenguer Separation by Adrian Berenguer Gnarled Oak by Boris Skalsky

Transcribed - Published: 12 July 2023

325-Greek Myths: The Power of Love

Aphrodite is looking for love in all the wrong places. It's the story of where she came from, her side of her doomed marriage with Hephaestus, and how the love of her very, very long life was a tree baby. The creature is Buffardello, a small, bearded fairy from Italy with many, many weird hobbies. --- Links: The Buffardello's Wikipedia page, translated from Italian: https://myths.link/buffardello Disclaimer: https://myths.link/325 --- Sponsors: Find your outer peace in socks, underwear, and t-shirts from Bombas: https://bombas.com/legends with code: legends There’s no safe like SimpliSafe: https://simplisafe.com/legends --- Music: Leave the TV on by Blue Dot Sessions We Build with Rubber Bands by Blue Dot Sessions House of Grendel by Blue Dot Sessions Naptime by Blue Dot Sessions Darkened Treeline by Blue Dot Sessions

Transcribed - Published: 5 July 2023

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