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QuestionSo hello, long-time watcher, first time commenter. And by that I mean I made a tumblr to ask you this question. Saw your blog on a smite forum, fell in love and have been reading ever since. What translations do you recommend of various mythological novels and epic poems? In particular non-greek/roman stuff like Fengshen Yanyi, Journey to the East, the Volsung Saga, and especially Popol Vuh since you said mayan mythology tends to have a lot of colonial bias, as well as any other recommendations. Answer

oedipusmotherfuckingtyrannus:

FOR GREEK EPICS YOU EITHER WANT THE ROBERT FAGLES OR RICHMOND LATTIMORE TRANSLATIONS. FAGLES IS FUCKING GREAT PROSE STUFF, AND LATTIMORE IS EQUALLY FUCKING GREAT BUT POETRY.

TOLKIEN DID A PRETTY FUCKING GREAT VOLSUNGSAGA, WHICH IS TITLED SOMETHING LIKE SIGURD AND GUDRUN. 

EASTERN STUFF WE CAN’T REALLY HELP WITH; JUST GO FOR WHATEVER LOOKS EASILY READABLE AND YOU LIKE THE FLOW OF. THERE AREN’T SO MANY TRANSLATIONS OUT THERE AND, AS ALWAYS, SOME OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE GREAT AND SOME ARE GOING TO BE SHIT. WE DON’T HAVE ANY WE PARTICULARLY LOVE OR HATE.

COLONIAL BIAS ISN’T SO MUCH AN ISSUE IN TRANSLATION OF EPICS, IT’S MORE A PROBLEM WITH COLLECTIONS OF MYTHS FROM AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE, PARTICULARLY IN BOOKS DATING BACK TO BASICALLY ANY TIME EARLIER THAN THE FUCKING ‘70S. MAYAN SHIT ISN’T TOO BAD FOR THAT, IT’S THE NORTHERN AMERICAN STUFF YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH.

The Capitoline Triad of Minerva, Jupiter and Juno
There is also an earlier version of the Capitoline Triad (often referred to as the Archaic Triad) that included Jupiter, Mars and Quirinus

(Source: Flickr / caseyshamey)

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beanmom:

doctorsdemons:

whitedarryl:

asatira:

elfgrove:

mmemento:

leaper182:

bead-bead:

the-writers-ramblings:

i cant even make it past the table of contents im laughing too hard

WHAT IS THIS BOOK!?!

It’s called “Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology” By Cory O’Brien, and it looks highly entertaining. :D

Gilgamesh: THE ULTIMATE BROMANCE

Give it here, now.
Sweet Fluffy Gods why is there not an audiobook version?

I need to find this book.

The first time Iv’e wanted to read something since Metro 2033.

guy
guys…look what we did :D

Also, the book is from the site Myths RETOLD which is an awesome site you should all go read.
beanmom:

doctorsdemons:

whitedarryl:

asatira:

elfgrove:

mmemento:

leaper182:

bead-bead:

the-writers-ramblings:

i cant even make it past the table of contents im laughing too hard

WHAT IS THIS BOOK!?!

It’s called “Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology” By Cory O’Brien, and it looks highly entertaining. :D

Gilgamesh: THE ULTIMATE BROMANCE

Give it here, now.
Sweet Fluffy Gods why is there not an audiobook version?

I need to find this book.

The first time Iv’e wanted to read something since Metro 2033.

guy
guys…look what we did :D

Also, the book is from the site Myths RETOLD which is an awesome site you should all go read.
beanmom:

doctorsdemons:

whitedarryl:

asatira:

elfgrove:

mmemento:

leaper182:

bead-bead:

the-writers-ramblings:

i cant even make it past the table of contents im laughing too hard

WHAT IS THIS BOOK!?!

It’s called “Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology” By Cory O’Brien, and it looks highly entertaining. :D

Gilgamesh: THE ULTIMATE BROMANCE

Give it here, now.
Sweet Fluffy Gods why is there not an audiobook version?

I need to find this book.

The first time Iv’e wanted to read something since Metro 2033.

guy
guys…look what we did :D

Also, the book is from the site Myths RETOLD which is an awesome site you should all go read.
beanmom:

doctorsdemons:

whitedarryl:

asatira:

elfgrove:

mmemento:

leaper182:

bead-bead:

the-writers-ramblings:

i cant even make it past the table of contents im laughing too hard

WHAT IS THIS BOOK!?!

It’s called “Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology” By Cory O’Brien, and it looks highly entertaining. :D

Gilgamesh: THE ULTIMATE BROMANCE

Give it here, now.
Sweet Fluffy Gods why is there not an audiobook version?

I need to find this book.

The first time Iv’e wanted to read something since Metro 2033.

guy
guys…look what we did :D

Also, the book is from the site Myths RETOLD which is an awesome site you should all go read.
beanmom:

doctorsdemons:

whitedarryl:

asatira:

elfgrove:

mmemento:

leaper182:

bead-bead:

the-writers-ramblings:

i cant even make it past the table of contents im laughing too hard

WHAT IS THIS BOOK!?!

It’s called “Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology” By Cory O’Brien, and it looks highly entertaining. :D

Gilgamesh: THE ULTIMATE BROMANCE

Give it here, now.
Sweet Fluffy Gods why is there not an audiobook version?

I need to find this book.

The first time Iv’e wanted to read something since Metro 2033.

guy
guys…look what we did :D

Also, the book is from the site Myths RETOLD which is an awesome site you should all go read.

beanmom:

doctorsdemons:

whitedarryl:

asatira:

elfgrove:

mmemento:

leaper182:

bead-bead:

the-writers-ramblings:

i cant even make it past the table of contents im laughing too hard

WHAT IS THIS BOOK!?!

It’s called “Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology”
By Cory O’Brien, and it looks highly entertaining. :D

Gilgamesh: THE ULTIMATE BROMANCE

Give it here, now.

Sweet Fluffy Gods why is there not an audiobook version?

I need to find this book.

The first time Iv’e wanted to read something since Metro 2033.

guy

guys…look what we did :D

Also, the book is from the site Myths RETOLD which is an awesome site you should all go read.

(Source: thewritersramblings)

vaachaal:

i want to talk about ganesha for a sec. you know, the hindu god who was shown as a black man and then as an elephant for some reason in supernatural? (fuck supernatural) cause nobody knows about hindu myth (people should be more excited about hindu mythology) and if you aren’t, too bad, i’m gonna talk about him anyway.

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inonibird:

Stick-Gods ~ Bigger Barque

darkestelemental616:

allaboutmyths:

image(from Wikipedia)

and now I’m confused and for the past couple of days have been trying to find where Juno fits into Ascanius’s family tree, but have so far come up with nothing

Possibly because Venus sprang from Cronus’ blood and he was both Jupiter and Juno’s father…? Or am I over-borrowing from the Greek myth?

That would make them related, but not directly descendant.

I don’t think so, there are two myths about Venus’s birth that I know of, the version that’s like the Greek myth in that she was Ouranus’s daughter. The other version is that Venus is the daughter of Jupiter by the Titan Dione.

(from Wikipedia)

and now I’m confused and for the past couple of days have been trying to find where Juno fits into Ascanius’s family tree, but have so far come up with nothing

ofools:

its as done as its gonna be, so here, have a nice painting of Freyr and Freyja
I got nothin’ else
ofools:

its as done as its gonna be, so here, have a nice painting of Freyr and Freyja
I got nothin’ else
ofools:

its as done as its gonna be, so here, have a nice painting of Freyr and Freyja
I got nothin’ else

ofools:

its as done as its gonna be, so here, have a nice painting of Freyr and Freyja

I got nothin’ else

It makes me sad that people don’t seem to realize that there was mythology in Italy before the Romans decided to equate their mythology with Greek mythology