Mythos Podcast
 

A storytelling podcast exploring folkloric realms

 

An ongoing storytelling project focusing on region and culture specific folklore from around the world, complete with immersive narrative, lush music...and a dark edge.

Hypnotising and immersive...created a truly fey atmosphere in our lounge

Overview

Each series of the podcast focuses on a specific region of the world. Each episode consists of a brief introduction and usually four stories, carefully researched and then retold, remaining true to the original tales while also adding detail for a modern audience. All of this with ambient music for an immersive AND educational experience!

 

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Lore Britannia

Resources, Inspirations & Approaches, Further Reading & Viewing

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Episode 1: Fey Worlds

Inspirations & Approaches


Etymology, the mysterious case of James Worson and the film ‘Absentia’ - all inspired me to hone in on and underscore themes such as loss, the hollow unknowing attached to this loss and the terror of disappearance and abduction......

 

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Episode 2: Watery Worlds

Inspirations & Approaches

 

Until my early twenties, I was so terrified of water that I couldn’t be in the deep end of a swimming pool without a sense of panic and dread. I had had a near drowning experience and so large bodies of water were, for me, hostile domains of weird, slimy and alien creatures...

Image Ref: Embrace Scotland

Image Ref: Embrace Scotland

Episode 3: Prehistoric Sites

Inspirations & Approaches

The sense of mystery and ancientness and spiritual ‘otherness’ evoked by prehistoric sites - my interest in this was sparked by two sources….

 

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Episode 4: Demon Dogs

The baying of hounds, blacker than night, on the desolate wilds of Dartmoor; the stag-horned hunter who serves as an omen of national tragedy; suffering in the notorious Newgate prison manifested in the form of a giant black dog...well, these are potent images, certainly. No storyteller could resist.

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Episode 5: Land of the Dead, Part 1

To the Romans, Britain was a remote island, in the stream of the Ocean which surrounded the known world, a haunted and mysterious place where life and death, human and divine, were interchangeable. To them, the island itself was almost a myth…

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Episode 6: Land of the Dead, Part 2

From the castle haunts of witch hares and rabbit haunted groves in England to fey goat maidens in Scotland and horse-mounted portents of death in Ireland, we will explore stories from that parallel dimension, the land of dead.

 

 

Folklorica Slavica

Resources, Inspirations & Approaches, Further Reading & Viewing

Image courtesy of Diego Penuela

Image courtesy of Diego Penuela

Episode 1: Baba Yaga & Crone Kin

Variously a mythical wise woman, a witch, a forest spirit or a leader of others in the spirit realm, Baba Yaga’s legacy of lore comes from mixed cultural groups within Eastern Europe and as such a fantastic and horrifying collection of motifs have assembled around the character.

Artwork courtesy of Kamila Wojciechowicz

Artwork courtesy of Kamila Wojciechowicz

Episode 2: Primeval Forest Spirits

From the last bastion of primeval woodland straddling Poland and Belarus to mountain-top pine forests in the Czech Republic, from swampish realms in aforementioned Polska to Serbian forests ringing with shrill hunting cries... 

Artwork courtesy of Old Wise Owl, deviantart.com

Artwork courtesy of Old Wise Owl, deviantart.com

Episode 3: Harvest Demon & Wolf Shepherd

Lady death mowing down a victim with her scythe. A demon of the harvest fields in the shape of a mourning widow. Is it any wonder that folklore symbolically conflates death and the harvest in such potent images when the harvest was the very heart and pulse of the agricultural communities of the ‘folk’?

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Episode 4: Unclean Spirits

In lore across the Slavic world, from the northern Slavs of Poland and Russia to their southern kin in Croatia and Slovenia, there are the so-called ‘unclean’ spirits of forest and field, home and bathhouse. And the more domestic of these unclean spirits - those of the home and bathhouse - is our focus in this episode. Now, we will meet these mysterious beings, in whom mingles the earthly and angelic, in whom dwell the deep powers of ancestral longing, order and homeliness. 

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Episode 5: Unquiet Dead & Unquiet Waters

From the glacier-covered Russian island of Novaya Zemlya to the coniferous forests and fecund lake basins of Poland; from the great heights of the Ukrainian Carpathians to the dark waters of the Slovakian Danube, you will hear tales of water-bound beings who are dangerous to mere frail humans.

 

Artwork by Magda Szymaniec

Artwork by Magda Szymaniec

Episode 6: Soviet Urban Myths

From vampire dolls to nuclear freaks, this episode will look at urban legends told fairly widely in the Soviet Union from the 1960s to the 1990s.

 

Folklorica Nordica

Welcome to Series 3: Folklorica Nordica. As these autumn days descend into the dark days of winter, we will journey into subterranean and spiritual realms - through the folklore of the Nordic world. We will encounter the shamans, the subterranean beings, the wise-folk and healers, and the trolls and giants of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Finland. In these northern lands, we will encounter a fascinating body of tales retold to evoke not only the original magic of the stories but also the beautiful and mysterious regions they come from.

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Episode 1: Soul Journeys

In folklore across the Nordic world, the human soul or ‘hug’ is a force to be reckoned with and is intimately connected with the body. Indeed, if a person were to be somehow separated from their hug, perhaps through magic, they were said to have been ‘hugstjalet’ or ‘hug-stolen - a folk explanation for people who showed abnormal behaviour and psychological disorders. The soul, or ‘hug’, is a source of power and manipulation of the hug is the source of all magic.  The hug could free itself of the body for various periods of time and could live a life outside the body.

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