Video of the Maya creation story, courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Palau’s Creation Story
Before there was any life on Earth, a clam named Latmikaik held all of life within her. When she finally gave birth to life, the last to be born was a giant baby who had an insatiable appetite. In some variations of the story, the giant is a boy, and in others, a girl. The giant ate everything so there was nothing left for the normal sized humans. When there were no other food sources left, the giant demanded for the other humans to bring their children for the giant to eat. To save their children, they trapped the giant in a ring of fire while it was sleeping. The giant awoke and tried to find a way out, but realized the wrong they did to the people now that they have felt pain and fear. The giant let themself burn, and their bones and flesh shattered into a hundred pieces flying far and wide. The giant’s parts became new land.
It is said that people living on a certain piece of land have characteristics linked to the body part that made it. For example, Airai,made from the head of the giant, is known for its wise people.
Flood, Bo., and Beret E. Strong. Pacific Island Legends: Tales from Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Australia. Honolulu, Hawaiʻi: Bess, 1999. Print.
IF YOU LIKE THOSE TWO, THEN YOU ARE IN FUCKING LUCK. WHY? BECAUSE WE’VE WRITTEN A MOTHERFUCKING BOOK CRAMMED FULL OF BOTH OF THOSE.
MYTHS ARE F***ING GREAT CONTAINS 188 PAGES OF OUR FINEST MYTHS, COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF WORLD MYTHOLOGIES AND AN EVEN WIDER RANGE OF CREATIVE BULLSHIT EXPLETIVES. IT’S ALSO GOT MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER HAVE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE AUTHOR, AND A SMALL NUMBER OF EXCLUSIVE BONUS MYTHS THAT WE’VE NEVER PUT ON THE BLOG. YOU’LL FUCKING LOVE IT.
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So, I though I might introduce a little known Greek god.
The picture above is of Demeter (seated) and Plutus (or Ploutos) (holding the cornucopia). Plutus is the god of wealth (specifically the god of the wealth beneath the earth, but most of the time it’s just wealth in general), son to Demeter by Iasion (who was himself the son of the nymph Elektra and Zeus). To ensure fairness in the distribution of wealth, Zeus blinded Plutus.
Being a minor deity, he was eventually combined with another much more well known deity (in much the same way that Helios and Selene were combined with Apollo and Artemis, respectively) and is why Haides’s Roman name is Pluto (or at least my best guess as to why), as Pluto is the Latinization of Plutus.
“When her kiss transforms the Beast, she is furious. “You should have warned me! Here I was smitten by an exceptional being, and all of a sudden, my fiance becomes an ordinary distinguished young man!””
— the 1909 play Beauty and the Beast: Fantasy in Two Acts by Fernand Noziere, the very first published version of the story where the Beauty is disappointed when the Beast transforms into a human at the end. (via corseque)
FOR THE KEMETIC FANDOM
I PRESENT TO YOU
A SMALL PLATE OF RANCH SAUCE
Devotee: “I offer unto thee, ranch sauce.”
Set: “You thought I would like ranch sauce as an offering?”
Devotee: “Well, yeah. You liked the Heru kind when you ate your lettuces.”
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)
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.
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.