Geek Out Sunday: Let’s talk about Myth
For those who have been playing along I have been on Nerd Wars Team Mythology, for three tournaments now. For T7 I and another team member will be writing regular posts for the Team Mythology Blog. We will be talking about, myths, legends, folktales, lore, fairy tales, and who knows what else.
When I first applied to Nerd Wars I was a bit overwhelmed as there are, so many, teams I would fit on (Hellmouth, Tardis, Impala, 1-up, Writer, Shady Cells, so many teams) I can’t remember which three teams I chose, for that first sign up, but it was one of those, ‘any of these will be awesome’ and since then I have pretty much stuck with Team Mythology.
What do I like so much about Mythology? One it’s the way people tried to explain things, I once spent quite some time going through all the creation mythologies I could get my hands on. That fell apart mostly because I could not seem to stop at one single myth for any group. I’m pretty sure that was my first introduction to Norse mythology outside of Marvel’s Thor, and I was hooked.
There are gaps and holes in my mythological knowledge. In Nerd Wars I tended to default to Norse or Greek gods, though Egyptians are my actual favorites when trying to tie a project to my team. One project I never finished would have been tied to a Babylonian god, which I can’t remember now, possibly Tiamet if it is the repurposed yarn dying/knitting plan.
I plan to pull out the books of myths and legends off my shelf, and maybe share the fact that neither do Alligators, nor Ninja Turtles live in our sewers. Though I do have two encyclopedias of mythical creators to thumb through and, a few different, gods, myths, and creatures of the ______ age/people. Do you have any favorite pantheons, mythologies, or legends?