Myths and Legends podcast

Myths and Legends

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.

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.

 

#454

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 Price Ring from Icelandic folklore. The creature is [mouse deer] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrotain) who just wants to dance and hopefully not kill anyone. --- Links: Ring source: [https://myths.link/princering] (https://myths.link/princering) Glitter drink why would you do this: [https://myths.link/glitter] (https://myths.link/glitter) Membership: [https://www.mythpodcast.com/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] (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] (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 ... Read more

21 Feb 2024

42 MINS

42:31

21 Feb 2024


#453

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] (https://myths.link/356) Membership: [https://www.mythpodcast.com/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 ] (https://thrivemarket.com/legends) Smalls: For 50% off your first order, head to [https://Smalls.com/LEGENDS] (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 ... Read more

14 Feb 2024

44 MINS

44:17

14 Feb 2024


#452

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] (https://myths.link/355) Membership: [https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership] (https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership) Inflatable cow for some reason: [https://myths.link/mooooooo ] (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] (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 ... Read more

07 Feb 2024

42 MINS

42:53

07 Feb 2024


#451

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] (https://myths.link/mantis) Membership: [https://www.mythpodcast.com/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] (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 ... Read more

31 Jan 2024

38 MINS

38:33

31 Jan 2024


#450

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 ] (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 ] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifjpgt26osY) Here's one eating a strawberry. I hate this. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhXJxUgY46Q ] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhXJxUgY46Q) Snail eating spaghetti. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw-D9cdGAjo ] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw-D9cdGAjo) Very solid post and one of my sources for the Lou Carcolh: [https://myths.link/carcolh ] (https://myths.link/carcolh) Membership: [https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership ] (https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership) --- Sponsors Smalls: For 50% off your first order, head to [https://Smalls.com/LEGENDS] (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] (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 ... Read more

24 Jan 2024

34 MINS

34:29

24 Jan 2024


#449

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] (https://myths.link/sadduck) Source for today: [https://myths.link/pd] (https://myths.link/pd) Membership: [https://www.mythpodcast.com/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 ] (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 ] (https://betterhelp.com/myths) ... Read more

17 Jan 2024

38 MINS

38:32

17 Jan 2024


#448

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] (https://myths.link/georgie) Lion bites: [https://myths.link/lionbites ] (https://myths.link/lionbites) Disclaimer: [https://myths.link/351] (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] (https://bombas.com/legends) WITH code: legends ExpressVPN: Secure your online data today by visiting [https://ExpressVPN.com/legends] (https://expressvpn.com/legends) Join in on the savings with Thrive Market today at [https://ThriveMarket.com/legends] (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 ... Read more

10 Jan 2024

43 MINS

43:13

10 Jan 2024


#447

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] (https://myths.link/academicrigorcryptidstyle) Cow eating snake (NOT the Kting Voar): [https://myths.link/snakeyum] (https://myths.link/snakeyum) Story 1 (the literary man): [https://myths.link/literaryman] (https://myths.link/literaryman) Story 2: [https://myths.link/snakesrevenge] (https://myths.link/snakesrevenge) Story 3: [https://myths.link/charan ] (https://myths.link/charan) Explosion-proof your cloppy friend (but not really): [https://myths.link/superhorse] (https://myths.link/superhorse) Disclaimer: [https://myths.link/350] (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] (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 ... Read more

03 Jan 2024

42 MINS

42:28

03 Jan 2024


#446

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] (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 ... Read more

27 Dec 2023

45 MINS

45:06

27 Dec 2023


#445

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] (https://instagram.com/mythsandlegends) ) or vote on the site if you're not on Instagram ( [https://myths.link/348] (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] (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 ] (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 ... Read more

20 Dec 2023

45 MINS

45:08

20 Dec 2023


#444

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 ] (https://myths.link/doorstopbuddy) Membership: [https://www.mythpodcast.com/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://academic.oup.com/book/2756/chapter-abstract/143245170?redirectedFrom=fulltext) [https://www.butterjournal.com/butter-history/ ] (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 ] (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 ] (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] (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 ... Read more

13 Dec 2023

49 MINS

49:27

13 Dec 2023


#443

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] (https://myths.link/346) Hyena men: [https://myths.link/hyenas] (https://myths.link/hyenas) Membership: [https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership ] (https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership) --- Sponsors: Try AG1: the daily Foundational Nutrition supplement that supports whole-body health. [https://drinkAG1.com/LEGENDS ] (https://drinkag1.com/LEGENDS) Indeed: Get your jobs more visibility and match with the candidates you need at [https://Indeed.com/LEGENDS ] (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] (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 ] (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 ... Read more

06 Dec 2023

49 MINS

49:16

06 Dec 2023


#442

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] (https://myths.link/fetchquests) Membership: [https://www.mythpodcast.com/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] (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 ... Read more

29 Nov 2023

42 MINS

42:02

29 Nov 2023


#441

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 ] (https://myths.link/mirza) Bacon Bandages: [https://myths.link/baconbandages ] (https://myths.link/baconbandages) --- 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 ] (https://uncommongoods.com/legends) ... Read more

22 Nov 2023

43 MINS

43:48

22 Nov 2023