34 episodes

Every episode focuses on a different famous mythological figure. Through atmospheric story-telling we learn the condensed origins of folklore tales from all over the world, and also take a look at varying interpretations, cultural differences, and how the stories have influenced other media. Hosted by Bob Shoy. Contact at fiveminutefolklore@gmail.com

Five Minute Folklor‪e‬ Bob Shoy

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    • 4.8 • 68 Ratings

Every episode focuses on a different famous mythological figure. Through atmospheric story-telling we learn the condensed origins of folklore tales from all over the world, and also take a look at varying interpretations, cultural differences, and how the stories have influenced other media. Hosted by Bob Shoy. Contact at fiveminutefolklore@gmail.com

    #33 - Adze: Vampires of Africa

    #33 - Adze: Vampires of Africa

    Folklore from West Africa, specifically the areas of Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin, that originate from the Ewe, Akan, Ashanti and Dahomey people.
    The story on this episode tells of the Adze, a creature with the ability to travel as a firefly to sneak into houses and drink the blood of children. Aside from the Adze, two other African vampires are also covered; the Asanbosam, and the Obayifo, otherwise known as the Asiman.
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    • 17 min
    #32 - Strigoi: Vampires of Europe

    #32 - Strigoi: Vampires of Europe

    Folklore from Eastern Europe, specifically Romania and Croatia.
    The first of two episodes dedicated to vampire folklores. This episode looks at Strigoi, the inspiration for the most famous vampire of all; 'Dracula', from the novel by Bram Stoker. There is a retelling of the opening chapters of 'Dracula' on this episode, as well as the real-life Croatian story of 'Jure Grando'; the first man in historical record to be described as a vampire.
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    • 32 min
    #31 - Curupira & Boto Encantos

    #31 - Curupira & Boto Encantos

    Folklore from Brazil.
    The Protector of the Amazon Forest; Curupira, and Transforming Party-loving Dolphins from the Amazon River; Boto Encantos.
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    • 18 min
    #30 - Sedna & Qivittoq

    #30 - Sedna & Qivittoq

    Folklore from Greenland. The Goddess of the Sea; Sedna, and the exiled wandering spirit; Qivittoq.
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    • 19 min
    #29 - NyamiNyami

    #29 - NyamiNyami

    The episode is all about the snake spirit river God; NyamiNyami, who lives within the waters of the Zambezi river, that runs between the African countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The story on this one is a retelling of actual events that occurred around the construction of the Kariba Dam in the 1950s.
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    • 13 min
    #28 - La Befana

    #28 - La Befana

    This festive episode of Five Minute Folklore takes a look at La Befana - the Christmas witch of Italy, who visits children to delivery gifts of the eve of Epiphany. There are many similarities between her and the more modern Santa Claus, although she is much more closely tied to the traditional Christian Christmas story.
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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

TheFaerieFolk ,

Interesting, intriguing and informational

I’ve been a big fan of Five Minute Folklore for a long time and I would definitely recommend it! The variety of the stories is great and the voice acting and effects always create a great atmosphere. I love an immersive storytelling experience and this podcast does all that and more.

A Clansman ,

Never thought I would but ......

This is a great podcast: very well written and very informative. Never thought I would be into this type of material - just goes to show you never know til you try

FolkYeah ,

Folk yeah!

I love this podcast- the stories are always brilliantly told and come from such an eclectic range of traditions.

I love that there is the perfect balance of emotion and neutrality when telling the tales, which, in my opinion, is the making of a great storyteller. One should feel engaged with the characters but the stories should also speak for themselves. In this podcast, the narrator manages to tick both these boxes, making this show highly enjoyable.

My only complaint is that there isn’t enough of them!

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