Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends

Jason Weiser tells 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.

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http://www.mythpodcast.com
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Jason Weiser tells 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.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-08-14 07:52
last episode published
2019-08-14 03:59
publication frequency
7.23 days
Contributors
Jason Weiser owner   author  
Explicit
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Number of Episodes
218
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Society & Culture Education History Higher Education Literature Arts

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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
14.08.2019 Myths and Legends

151A-Faust: A Man of Wealth and Taste

The story of Faust and his infamous deal is one that has survived for hundreds of years. Beginning as whispers in Germany in the 1500s, it grew to plays and, most famously, a play by the German writer Goethe, largely considered to be one of the greates...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
7.08.2019 Myths and Legends

150B-European Epics: Where the Shadows Lie

From the end of the world to the underworld and Armageddon itself, Kalevipoeg does way too many things. The creature will throw acres of caustic feces in your direction. -- Sponsors: This episode is sponsored by Anchor. Anchor is a Spotify-owned compan...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
31.07.2019 Myths and Legends

150A-European Epics: King Me

From the Estonian epic, the Kalevipoeg, comes the story of, well, Kalevipoeg, the son of a giant who battles sorcerers who are trying to get with his mom and throws rocks the size of Volkswagens to win the kingship, all while trying to carve out a plac...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
17.07.2019 Myths and Legends

149-Japanese Fairy Tales: Son of a Peach

Why you absolutely should take the biggest peach you can find in the supermarket and sing to it. It might just hatch a baby! Unfortunately your fairy tale baby will do what fairy tale babies do: grow up and hear that call to adventure, going out to see...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
10.07.2019 Myths and Legends

148B-Monkey King: Leaps and Bounds

The monkey king has done it all: he was immortal, he had allied with all the mythological creatures he could find, and he controlled an army 40,000 strong...but heaven didn't care about any of that. They were coming for him, whether or not it was legal...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
3.07.2019 Myths and Legends

148A-Monkey King: Good Little Monkey

Sun Wukong, the (Handsome) Monkey King, is both an actual monkey and an actual king…and presumably handsome according to whatever standard that is judged. One of the most famous anti-heroes of Chinese literature, we start his story, and the story of th...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
26.06.2019 Myths and Legends

147B-Antigone: Authority

A dark story gets darker as Antigone battles an authoritarian state in the form of her uncle Creon. -- Sponsors: Go to https://SimpliSafe.com/LEGENDS to check out an awesome home security system Learn more about IBS-C at https://ohmygut.info/podcast --...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
19.06.2019 Myths and Legends

147A-Oedipus: Team Spear It

When we last left the Oedipus family, they all found out they were more related than they ever thought possible. It's somehow about to get even worse. Sponsor: If there is something interfering with your happiness or preventing you from achieving yo...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
12.06.2019 Myths and Legends

146-Scandinavian folklore: Twinning

The story of Tatterhood is unlike any I've ever read on the podcast, and it's so excellent. The problem? I can't really say much without ruining the story. So check it out, you won't be disappointed. The creature is the tomcod, a catfish that's actuall...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
5.06.2019 Myths and Legends

145-Achilles: The Age of Heroes

We're back on the road to the Trojan War, with the story of Achilles. Starting from when his father interrupted the ritual to make him immortal, we'll follow him as he goes to that epic Greek daycare run by Chiron and watch as his mother tries to keep ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
29.05.2019 Myths and Legends

144-Viking Legends: The Old Gods and the New

King Olaf has a new guest...named Guest. Guest has a story, an impossible story of gods, giants, and heroes from a time long past. If it's true, it could change everything King Olaf thought he knew about himself, his people, and his history. If it's no...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
22.05.2019 Myths and Legends

143-Japanese Folktales: Crabby

The story this week is the reason you don’t make enemies with a decapod who’s friends with a bee, a pile of dung, a mortar and a chestnut. The other is the reason why you should buy a waterbottle for your next hike, or you might just need to be carried...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
15.05.2019 Myths and Legends

142B-Rome: Politics

Romulus and Remus are finally striking out on their own, and what could go wrong with two seventeen year olds starting their own city when they are accompanied by a band of outlaws and they have too many weapons and not enough leadership experience and...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
8.05.2019 Myths and Legends

142A-Rome: Glory

If you're remotely familiar with the legendary history of Rome, you might know about two babies suckling a she-wolf....and that's about it. Really, though it's a story of intrigue and murder, betrayal and redemption, and, yes, a loving wolf mom with he...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
1.05.2019 Myths and Legends

141C-Robin Hood: On Brand

When we left off last week, Robin Hood was stabbed in the side by an assassin who deceived him, and he was bleeding out all while his camp was being swarmed by the Sheriff of Nottingham's men, his friends being driven off, captured, or killed. It's not...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
24.04.2019 Myths and Legends

141B-Robin Hood: The Hunted

This week, it’s a continuation of our Robin Hood tale, and this time, the Sheriff of Nottingham is on his final nerve. With his reputation on the line, failure is not an option…despite his unimpressive past peppered with exactly that. Then, on Creature...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
17.04.2019 Myths and Legends

141A-Robin Hood: Merry

Robin Hood is a name that has echoed through the ages as a noble outlaw - one who takes from the rich and gives to the poor and who, with his bow and arrow and merry men, makes the powerful, cruel leaders answer for their treatment of the downtrodden. ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
10.04.2019 Myths and Legends

140-La Llorona: No Way Out

If you hear her weeping, it might already be too late. A life fraught with loss and betrayal creates a tragic and dangerous being that's trapped between life and death, salvation and destruction. She's crying out on the edge of madness for those she's ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
3.04.2019 Myths and Legends

139B-Irish Legends: Evitable

Where we left off, Cú Chulainn was getting dung smeared in his face by a stronger, magical king. None of that matters, because Cú Chulainn won. Of course he did. He's Cú Chulainn. Today's story picks up years later. As it turns out, killing people indi...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
27.03.2019 Myths and Legends

139A-Irish Legends: The Hound

Swan hunting, demon horde fighting, and marriage counseling: we’re back in the stories of Cú Chulainn, the hound of Ulster, after he won the war. He’s at a party, celebrating, but then his wife hints that she’d like one small thing, and that snowballs ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
20.03.2019 Myths and Legends

138-Knights of the Round Table: Carl

Gawain, Kay, and Bishop Baldwin are road tripping, but it's starting to rain. Kay won't camp out in the rain, so that only leaves one option: Carl's house. The knights are in for one of the strangest nights of their life. The creature this week is the ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
13.03.2019 Myths and Legends

137-Italian folklore: Tailor-made

Young Dionigi is an apprentice to the master tailor, Maestro Lattantio. It’s a good job and, frankly, the best one he could get. The problem? He wants a better one. He wants to be a wizard. His boss wants him to get back to work. The mamlambo is the re...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
6.03.2019 Myths and Legends

136-Pecos Bill: To the Moon and Back

It’s the long awaited, frequently requested return of Pecos Bill, and we’ll see the aftermath of the incident with the twister, watch him pitch the devil as an investor in his new startup, and fall in love...all while thinking that he’s secretly a coyo...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
27.02.2019 Myths and Legends

135C-Tristan and Isolde: Homecoming

The jig is up, the news is out, they finally found Tristan and Isolde. They were renegades who had it made, but they were caught red-handed...mainly because of the blood...when Tristan and Isolde fell into the dwarf's trap and attempted a late night tr...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
20.02.2019 Myths and Legends

135B-Tristan and Isolde: Secrets

Tristan and Isolde have a problem: they can't get enough of each other. After they inadvertently drank the love potion, they couldn't control their love...and it is looming like a snare, one that will destroy them and everything they love if they let i...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
13.02.2019 Myths and Legends

135A-Tristan and Isolde: Matchmaker

I don't want to spoil anything for someone who doesn't know this story, but this three-parter has everything: sneering villains, valiant heroes, monster fights, love, loss, betrayal, and someone shoving dragon tongues down their pants despite that not ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
6.02.2019 Myths and Legends

134-Grimm: Thirsty

For once, the king is dead and the queen is alive, and she's going to make sure her daughter avoids the dangers that many princesses has to face. Or, she tries. The creature is an balding, adorable werewolf with a love of fuzzy slippers. Sponsors: Robi...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
23.01.2019 Myths and Legends

133-Filipino folklore: Monkey Business

This week, it's a fable from the Philippines with a monkey, a turtle, and Game of Thrones level violence and retribution when something is stolen (don't worry, though. We don't get graphic with it). The creature of the week is (yet another) reason why ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
16.01.2019 Myths and Legends

132B-Trojan War: Some Foolish Thing

This is the episode. This is the episode where Helen of Sparta becomes Helen of Troy, and an event happens that launches 1000 ships toward the city in the east. This is where it all begins. The creature of the week has a dorky smile and a retainer and ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
9.01.2019 Myths and Legends

132A-Trojan War: The Wars to Come

In this prelude to the Trojan War, we learn the origin of the most famous Greek hero, and maybe the most reviled Trojan prince. Also, you shouldn't let Hera plan your wedding because a bitter decade-long war might break out because of it, and if you in...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
2.01.2019 Myths and Legends

131B-Greek Mythology: All in the Family

Last week, Hera hid that she was pregnant. This week, we learn who the father isn’t, and see the births of two more important figures from Greek mythology. Also, if you’re going for the whole totalitarian dictator thing, make sure you don’t take your w...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
26.12.2018 Myths and Legends

131A-Greek Mythology: Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal

The origin stories of the Olympians. The creatures this week are the Yule Lads, their mom, stepdad, and murderous cat. -- Sponsors: Check out Bird Box on Netflix! Casper: Ready for a good night of sleep for once? All you have to do is go to http://casp...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
19.12.2018 Myths and Legends

130C-Jungle Book: An Old War

Mowgli is hiding among the humans to stay safe from Shere Khan after burning and shaming the tiger at the showdown at Council Rock. The problem? The tiger knows where Mowgli is, and he is coming for the man cub. The Myths and Legends store: https://sho...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
12.12.2018 Myths and Legends

130B-The Jungle Book: The Strength of the Pack

We catch up with Mowgli after he’s been tossed in a pit of cobras while his friends fight countless vicious monkeys outside. We’ll also see what Shere Khan has been up to for the past seven years…and what his plan is to finally get his claws into Mowgl...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
5.12.2018 Myths and Legends

130A-Jungle Book: Welcome to the Jungle

A boy is lost. A tiger hunts. The wolf pack takes on a new cub. The story of the Jungle Book begins -- Sponsors: Audible! Audible is my favorite way to listen to audiobooks. Go to http://www.audible.com/myths or text MYTHS to 500-500 to start your free...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
28.11.2018 Myths and Legends

129B-Persian mythology: Champions

Rostam embarks on his quest to free his king, taken captive in the land of the demons, where he'll not only have to free his stupid, stupid ruler and end the war, but embark on seven labors which will include: letting his horse do a lot of the heavy li...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
21.11.2018 Myths and Legends

129A-Persian Mythology: The Mammoth that Rides

The story of Rostam from the Shahnameh, an important book in Iranian Mythology. It starts out in a weird place, with a strange little Benjamin Button-type baby being raised by a mythological peacock dog, and only gets stranger, but it explores themes o...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
14.11.2018 Myths and Legends

128-Irish folklore: Give Him the Finger

A fairy tale from Ireland with a genre savvy queen who has one request for her husband: don't let his surely evil next wife get anywhere near her three sons. Of course, things don't really go as planned. The creature this week is hook girl! Don't bug h...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
7.11.2018 Myths and Legends

127-Finnish Mythology: The Boy who Lived

A story from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, about revenge, letting go, and moving on. Also why you shouldn't mess with babies that can whisper threats at three months old and survive way more things than you could. -- Sponsors: Check out http...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
31.10.2018 Myths and Legends

126-Wendigo: Hunger

On our annual Halloween episode, it's stories of a monstrous creature who stalks the north woods...and how they might be sitting right next to you. The creature is a vampire that's super scary...only it can't actually walk...and moreso bounces everywhe...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
24.10.2018 Myths and Legends

125-Norse Mythology: Bound

We're back in Norse Mythology. It's set before Ragnarok (obviously), and it's a story we never got to of Freyja, Odin, Loki, and four dwarves. Freyja makes a lot of new friends, and Loki gets completely out of control at a party and tells all the Aesir...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
17.10.2018 Myths and Legends

124-Greek Mythology: The Fall

Theseus has had a long and storied life, but now he faces his greatest challenge: after you've accomplished everything you set out to do and your name will live on for generations, what comes next?   The creature is the, impundulu environmentally-con...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
10.10.2018 Myths and Legends

123-Dark Tower: Directions

A game turns dark as a child disappears. Her brothers must follow her into a land that's like a mirror image of our own to get her back from the king who lives in the dark tower. Oh and also Merlin is barely any help at all. The creature this time is t...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
3.10.2018 Myths and Legends

122-Indian Folklore: Let it Be

A king fighting against fate. A young man surviving the impossible. A hermit reading the future from his toilet. This week, it's the long road to becoming who you were always meant to be. -- Sponsor: LinkedIn: Go to http://linkedin.com/myths and get $5...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
26.09.2018 Myths and Legends

121-Grimm Brothers: King of the Mountain

A man loses everything except for his children and his field, but it's while he's in that field with his children that he receives a visit from a mythological creature...and makes a deal that will change all of their lives forever. The creature of the ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
19.09.2018 Myths and Legends

120B-Holy Grail: Beyond the Sea

Seven people have been informed that they will be pivotal in the quest for the greatest holy object that has ever existed: the Holy Grail. First, they have to get it to England. That, of course, will involve angelic post-it notes, ships with ejector se...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
12.09.2018 Myths and Legends

120A-Holy Grail: Only the Penitent Man Will Pass

The Holy Grail: The greatest legendary item of all time and the focal point of the Arthurian legends. This is its origin. Beginning as the humble cup of a crucified savior, the Grail will take on legendary status. We'll see how it moved from Jerusalem ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
5.09.2018 Myths and Legends

119-Sleeping Beauty: Rude Awakening

It's the first written version of Sleeping Beauty, put down to paper in the 1600s by the Neapolitan writer Giambattista Basile. And it's horrifying.   The creature is elephant rat. It's an elephant whose also a rat sometimes. No big deal. Now move alo...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
29.08.2018 Myths and Legends

118-Jewish Folklore: The Eyrie

The king is annoyed. All of these people want to make him work. It's just...not fair. Sure, they're starving and about to riot in the streets, but actually showing up to work is really going to cut into his sitting around time. Unfortunately, he might ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author
22.08.2018 Myths and Legends

117-Romanian Folklore: What did it Cost?

This week, it's the fairy tale "Youth without Age and Life without Death", from Romania, a tale of love, loss, impossible quests, and acheiving your dreams. Also, why you shouldn't make idle promises to a kid that's just an hour old. It might end with ...
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser author