28 episodes

This podcast is a storytelling journey through world-folklore. With brief context and analysis in the introductions, the main focus is the retelling of stories themselves.
From saucer-eyed spectral dogs to pond-scum haunting child-eating witches - experience the darker side of Britain's folklore in Series 1. Then journey to central and eastern Europe to the world of Slavic folklore, home of Baba Yaga and lurking nature spirits (Series 2). From there, step into the vast world of Nordic Folklore, where creatures abound in the woodlands, mountains and fjords of beautiful northern climes. Look out a series called 'Earth Lore' this autumn/winter to celebrate the natural world and a series on Japanese and Korean folklore next spring.

Mythos Podcast Nicole Schmidt

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.6 • 7 Ratings

This podcast is a storytelling journey through world-folklore. With brief context and analysis in the introductions, the main focus is the retelling of stories themselves.
From saucer-eyed spectral dogs to pond-scum haunting child-eating witches - experience the darker side of Britain's folklore in Series 1. Then journey to central and eastern Europe to the world of Slavic folklore, home of Baba Yaga and lurking nature spirits (Series 2). From there, step into the vast world of Nordic Folklore, where creatures abound in the woodlands, mountains and fjords of beautiful northern climes. Look out a series called 'Earth Lore' this autumn/winter to celebrate the natural world and a series on Japanese and Korean folklore next spring.

    S04 Episode 2: The Night People & The Time of Souls

    S04 Episode 2: The Night People & The Time of Souls

    It is November in an Estonian village and it is the Time of Souls, when dead ancestors return and roam, visiting homes and enjoying the pleasures of life in the sauna
    In this time of extended night, there are forces afoot, and not just those of deceased ancestors. There might be Nututaja: the evil eye, whose envy distresses and disturbs the new-born, and is one amongst a number of supernatural threats around the globe that threaten the infant. Perhaps a symbol of the immense world - with all of its dangers - surrounding the vulnerable little one, the Nututaja’s influence unsettles the baby, who becomes colicky and unable to sleep. In fact, Nututaja’s envy, the evil eye, is so powerful that it creates what seems to be an entity in its own right: Ööitketaja, the Night Wail.
    A huge thank you to Maarja Nuut, a stunningly talented Estonian musician whose music seems made for these stories.
    Songs: 'Siidisulis linnukene,' 'Veere, Veere, paevakene,' and 'Odangule.'
    For more from Maarja, see her website: https://maarjanuut.com/
    Introduction Music: Estonian Cradle Song

    • 38 min
    Season 4: The Baltic States Introduction

    Season 4: The Baltic States Introduction

    A quick introduction to the Baltic States and why a journey into the folkloric realms of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is well worth your time.

    • 6 min
    S04 Episode 1: The Wood of Tontla

    S04 Episode 1: The Wood of Tontla

    Welcome to episode 1 of 'Folklorica Baltica' - the fourth season of Mythos focusing on The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
    In this episode, follow the journey of a young girl who dares enter the dread Wood of Tontla...and who discovers strange magic and hidden blessings.
    Music credit goes to some fine Estonian folk musicians who very kindly allowed me to use their music in this episode. Do explore their music for something beautiful and different.
    Kirtana Rasa (artist): Monet Aiad (song) and Leia mind taas (song)
    Maarja Nuut (artist): Kargus (song)
    Midrid (artist): Meeste Kutse (song)
    Rüüt (artist): Orjalaul (song)
    Handi Paadimehe lugu (traditional song)

    • 39 min
    Story Therapy: The Shrouded Sun

    Story Therapy: The Shrouded Sun

    Welcome to Story Therapy, a Mythos mini-series exploring the relationship between narrative and mental health, particularly traditional tales as a therapeutic space where difficult emotions and circumstances can be acknowledged and explored. In this series, experts, mental health practitioners and storytellers will share stories from folklore, myth and legend and we will explore to what extent such tales provide space for delving into what it means to be human, delving into what drives us and what challenges us.
    In this episode, Lily Asch, Director of Real Talk, tells a story about the sun hiding its face and the desperate measures taken to deal with this impossible situation. However, what finally works could never have been anticipated!

    • 37 min
    Kosodate Ame: A Japanese Tale of the Weird

    Kosodate Ame: A Japanese Tale of the Weird

    This short episode is a part of the Lockdown Lore series - a short story published bi-weekly for a bit of escape and respite.
    Listen to Dan Tovey tell an unusual story about a very strange woman turning up to a candy store after closing hours.

    Lost Lady of the Pines

    Lost Lady of the Pines

    This short episode is a part of the Lockdown Lore series - a short story published bi-weekly for a bit of escape and respite.
    The story was inspired by the idea of avenging forest spirits - creatures made of the forest itself (much like the recently released 'Birch' from indie folk horror online station Crypt TV), as well as more traditional monsters like the Slavic Leshy.
    For more information on the guest storyteller, Jason Buck, visit www.jasonbuckstoryteller.co.uk and follow his page on Facebook. His storytelling shows are highly recommended and he is currently telling to great effect on Zoom!

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Barbara-Jane ,

Love the myths

Thankyou when are you doing another get together I feel called

cm79au ,

Great podcast

Love your podcast, can you do an episode on the native american myths of Chile, the mapuche people have some good stories like the legend of CaiCai Vilu and TrenTren Vilu which are the basis for the two legendary pokemon Grouden and Kyogore

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