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Mythology

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BiohazardSr, May 10, 2016.

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  1. BiohazardSr

    BiohazardSr My name is Sid. Sid the Bard

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    Do you enjoy reading and listening to Greek and Roman mythology? What is your favorite tale from it? Who is your favorite god/goddess? Favorite monster? Favorite hero/heroine?
     
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  2. WavePearl

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    Why stop with just Greek and Roman myth? I love mythology and folklore in general--particularly the lesser known pantheons of the world.
     
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  3. Eclipse

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    No love for the Norse mythos? I am rather disappointed.

    Granted, as WavePearl noted, there are many more (and, one of these days, I'd like to kick back and read about some of the others, particularly Japanese mythology), though right now, Norse remains my current favourite, largely due to how many of the characters are on the same level of power. With Greco-Roman mythology, there's a very large power imbalance - you have the gods on one side, and mortals on the other. Most of the gods are jerks who do as they please (except for Athena - most of the time), leaving the mortals on the other end to fend for themselves and/or avoid Zeus' advances on everything.

    I've liked Norse not only for its fairly varied cast of characters, but also for all of the areas and climates that it introduces, as well as Yggdrasil - due in no small part to several video games I've played in which Yggdrasil is a plot point (Dragon Quest IX, Etrian Odyssey). As I read more I noticed that the gods and the giants are definitely on a rather even keel, and many of the stories had to deal with riddles or other alternative ways to resolve issues; very rarely was brute strength or outright anger a solution. I know that's generalising all stories in the pantheons, but I've grown more attached to the Norse cast than I have the Greco-Roman cast as I learned more about them both.
     
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    I always love mythology of all kinds, though we of course get the largest dose of Greek/Roman myths. I've always felt a little bad for Hades for example. He's a bit of a jerk but I can see where he's coming from. He and his two brothers divide the world up and draw lots, he gets the underworld, so they tell him he can't ever come see the city of the Gods, except on the winter solstice.
     
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    I do like mythology quite a lot, though Roman and Greek mythology have been ruined a bit by school for me. Despite that, there's quite a lot of things I do like, and if we're talking Roman/Greek mythology only, I personally quite like Hades and Persephone, as well as the birth of Athena.

    On a mildly related note, a friend has a great book about various kinds of myths made 'more interesting' which I also quite like. It's called Zeus grants Stupid Wishes and uh.. it was an interesting read to say the least. My personal favourite there is about the birth of Sleipnir I do think. Quiet recomendation to everyone interested.
     
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    I really got into Mythology thanks to doing Greek and Latin in school. I've been reading a lot of fiction about it too. Only recently, I discovered other myths, such as Norse and Egyptian, but it's a bit tricky to get into because it starts with a lot of names. I'm still working on it, though.
     
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    Please tell me you realise that Sleipnir is Norse, not Greek - unless the book in question is quite blatantly a crossover.
     
  8. Deltheor

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    I grew up reading all kinds of mythology, and while I'm not even close to being an expert on the subject, I really enjoy learning about different myths of different cultures! The main myths I grew up on were Greek/Roman and Egyptian myths, and I started reading about Japanese and Nordic myths when I was a little older. Even now when naming Pokémon, I mostly name them after gods and other characters in various myths, typically Greek and Nordic myths (ex: Jörmungandr the Gyarados, Athena the Gardevoir, and Yggdrasil the Xerneas).

    As for my favorites, there are honestly way too many myths and characters to even pick a favorite, haha. I do like the creation myth in Greek mythology, as well as Ragnarök in the Nordic myths. I'd have to go back and read through all the myths to pick out my favorites, which I do want to do eventually- I just don't have the time for it now sadly.
     
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    it's actually a bunch of Mythologies from different places, including but not limited to Japanese, Chinese, Norse and Greek
     
  10. Nyanja

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    I LOVE Mythology! I love everyone one of them so I can't decide which one I like the most. This is the same for the gods. I think the one I originally liked was Artemis but I don't remember. Part of me believes that Mythology did exist though. It's so fascinating.
     
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    I like all types of mythology and lore.
    The sheer concept and how it brings people together is outstanding!
    The way it builds families and culture, all nice.

    I am particularly fond of the Norse mythology, due to my fathers ancestry from Scandinavia.
    Every time I hear about Odin or Thor, my heart skips a beat and my Viking blood boils. : 3
     
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    I really like mythology, even though the only kinds of mythology I'm familiar with are the Greek and Roman ones and a bit of the German/Norse and the Egyptian mythology. I even bought a book with a whole bunch of Greek and Roman myths in them, which I'm currently reading. Some of the stories are a bit strange, some are outright ridiculous, but there are some stories among them that really manage to touch my heart. It's pretty great to see stories from so long ago still being read by all kinds of people everywhere!
     
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