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 8: Tales from the Amber Sea Part 2 - The Magic Bird
In Baltic folklore, birds are mediators of heaven and earth, between the living and the dead. Their music is heraldic and their song a prophetic chanting. Birds inhabit and embody the dynamic force of space, soaring through the invisible ether of the atmosphere. In this story, we will journey to the thrice-three realm, to the garden of a Baltic King, where, amidst bone white birches and tall meadow grasses, there dwells a bird only accessible to the truly wiseMusic (Youtube)This Fascinating World, Co-Ag Music Siidisulis linnukene' (Silken Feathered Bird), Maarja NuutTraditional kokle music variation 1, Laima Jansone Abandoned 1, Co-Ag MusicMuutuja, Maarja Nuut & Ruum Edge of Silence, Co-Ag Music
S04 Episode 7: Mothers of the Underworld
October, in much lore, is a spiritually potent time and the oft stated idea that the veil between worlds is thin at this time holds true in traditional Latvian practice. The living would prepare their homes for a visit from deceased ancestors, with the house cleaned and table laden with food for the occasion. To open this feast, an elder of the home would call the names of all the ancestral dead in living memory, inviting them to eat with the living.In this story, we follow a young man into a Latvian forest, where he follows yet another tradition - retrieving the ancestors from the forest cemetery in a horse drawn cart. Please head to www.mythospodcast.com and sign up for the email list for weekly stories and research content, for both creative inspiration and the solace of story. Also consider becoming a Patron: a library of episode transcript e-books and some special patrons-only episodes for top two tiers. And I welcome support for upcoming series on Japanese and Korean Folklore - and the Earth Lore series exploring the folklore of the natural world around the globe.Thank you to Co-Ag Music for the excellent soundscapes of this episode.
S04 Episode 6: Tales from the Amber Sea Part 1, The Sea Queen & The Fisherman
The mythic origin tales of Baltic amber are full of magic, and the pre-history of the golden-umber resin-stone is no less awe-inspiring. This pine-tree resin was fossilized 45 million years ago, during a period of intense warmth that caused the pines to exude huge amounts of sap. There is an inherent enchantment in handling something that warms to the touch and is the remnant of a prehistoric coniferous forest. Even more otherworldly are those pieces of amber that contain the tiny remains of this ancient - and almost mythical - past. Oak leaf bits, tiny twigs, pollen, and other plant detritus found itself preserved in the resin which hardened over millions of years. Even ancient insects have been encapsulated in the golden substance. No wonder then that the Baltics, where this fey stone can be found in particular abundance, was the site of trade for many many thousands of years. In this episode, we will dive into a Lithuanian origin myth for this precious stone.A big thank you to Co-Ag Music and Spanxti for the stunning music in this episode!You can find Co-Ag here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcavSftXHgxLBWwLDm_bNvA (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcavSftXHgxLBWwLDm_bNvA)You can find Spanxti here on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk1_IxRDcik (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk1_IxRDcik)If you’re wanting a bit more than monthly episodes - and like the sound of engaging with the stories of the folk more deeply and creatively - of restoring the ancient practice of listening to and responding to traditional tales, then the upcoming 'Your Story Heritage' course might be for you - if that’s the case, right now, before you forget, CLICK HERE and then click on the orange ‘register your interest’ button. Consider becoming a PatronYou can also make a one-time donation here: https://www.mythospodcast.com/ (https://www.mythospodcast.com/)
S04 Episode 5: The Washerwoman and the Lake Spirits
In this episode, we journey again to Lithuania: we will go to the noble hall of an ignoble count and to a sylvan lake, to meet a washerwoman of great spirit, whose patrons are full of earth and water magic.
A massive thank you to Co-Ag Music and Jēkabs Zariņš for their permission to use their music.
'Meža diesma,' 'tehniskas variācijas,' and 'Grandparent's Blessing' by Jēkabs Zariņš
'Taste the Fear,' and 'Who will save my soul,' by Co-Ag Music.
Jēkabs Zariņš: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9izFNeuvBR3qt5vfgfBkOw
Co-Ag Music: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcavSftXHgxLBWwLDm_bNvA
S04 Episode 4: Eglė, Queen of the Serpents
In this episode’s panorama of ancient woodland, northern seas and shamanic underworlds, the world-traversing magic of the grass snake clashes with the bone-deep force of ancestral longing and family drama. From forest pools to pearl-white sands, from black-deep ocean caverns to a verdant underworld, we will explore the magic landscapes of Lithuania, in one of her most famous pieces of folklore.
This story was brought to life by the music of these talented musicians!
- Co-Ag Music on Youtube
- "Turėja Liepa" by Simona Smirnova: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIqzz8UZeOE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIqzz8UZeOE) - Also, visit her website at: https://www.simonasmirnova.nyc/ (https://www.simonasmirnova.nyc/)
- "Lakštingalėle" by Kumaniusilelis https://www.youtube.com/user/kamaniusilelis/featured (https://www.youtube.com/user/kamaniusilelis/featured) - Also, visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kamaniusilelis (https://www.facebook.com/kamaniusilelis)
- Agota Ago https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaRsJDijtkZ5zVXV_Z9ZHTw (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaRsJDijtkZ5zVXV_Z9ZHTw)
- Performance of a Lithuanian Midsummer Folksong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeEnhlRteiA&list=PLfjWyCNZi947Y4DDyk_VnqpRA_aZDaqQg&index=2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeEnhlRteiA&list=PLfjWyCNZi947Y4DDyk_VnqpRA_aZDaqQg&index=2)
S04 Episode 3: Goddaughter of the Rock Maidens
Goddaughter of the Rock Maidens. The name of the story lit up my imagination, as did the brief outline of a plot in W.F Kirby’s 1895 English translation of famous Estonian tales. In just a few sentences, I sensed a powerful narrative: nature spirits and underworlds; a young girl tutored by powerful female fey-folk and enchantments and serpent kings.
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A huge thank you to Maarja Nuut and Co-Ag Music for allowing me to use their music!
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Maarja Nuut songs: 'Veere, Veere päevakene,'
'Handi pandimehe lugu' - Estonian Folk Song
Co-Ag Music: 'Beautiful Days' and 'A Dark Myth'
I love this podcast so much, really incredible storytelling. Contemporary and captivating, while also echoing ancient voices
An Amazing Podcaste
This podcaste is by far my favourite podcast, I listen to the episodes over, and over, and over again.
A Severely Underrated Podcast
The passion for myth, folklore, and storytelling that Nicole brings to each episode is palpable. The research, music, and excellent drop-in guests are only outdone by the podcast’s true unsung hero: Nicole’s writing skills. She seriously has some chops! Every now and then a sentence floats by that I have to rewind, sit down and just savor. (The entrance of Baba Yaga’s white legs from the trees, the Sami stumbling upon diseased faces of the dead in the mountain... Nicole Schmidt’s voice shines whenever it falls upon the unsettling, the creep factor of these tales.) The stories do not shy away from the gritty or terrifying aspects usually lost in modern retellings of myth and fable. The series so far has been a well of inspiration and insight for my own writing projects. Always interested in this podcast and excited to see what it will do next!