Mythologically Speaking. . .

United States
February 18, 2007 9:31am CST
Do you have a favorite myth or mythological character? Tell us about it. What culture does the myth come from? Why do you identify with it? My favorite mythological character is Cerridwen of the Celtic pantheon. The stories told about her have always fascinated me simply because she is the ultimate mother symbol to me. She is both loving and cruel, just like mother nature itself. I love Celtic mythology. I also love Greek Mythology because it framed so much of our world in it's own way.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
My favourite mythological creature is Cthulhu--an ancient monster that is described as a mix between an octopus, human, and a dragon; he has tentacles dangling from his head, wings on his back, and rough, scaly skin. He is said to be the force which destroys the world, when the ancient, Cyclonic city of R'lyeh rises from the ocean. Cthulhu was created by H. P. Lovecraft; first written about in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu", but adopted by many other authors, who comprised their stories into the "Cthulhu Mythos". It's an amazing read if you love horror and mystery novels. I'a I'a, Cthulhu Fhtagn!
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• United States
19 Feb 07
H.P. Lovecraft was a genius. I absolutely love his writing, though I've been disappointed in the lack of quality in films that have been made of his work. I do love Dagon. I have read the Cthulhu Mythos. It was an awesome compilation!
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• United States
18 Feb 07
I absolutely have a favorite mythological character, but I remember not his name nor his culture, for sure. I think he is from Greek mythology, but this could be wrong. Let me tell you his story. Our hero did something, it matters not what, that really really angered the Gods. So, of course, they put a curse upon him. His curse? He was condemed to only tell the truth. (The movie Liar Liar is loosely based on this myth.) What happened to our cursed mythological hero? He spent the rest of his days being despised and run out of one town after another! Thinking upon why this would be so is a very enlightening mental exercise.
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@220870 (249)
• India
19 Feb 07
The mythological characters from the book'The Ramayan',Ram, Laxman and Hanuman are my favourite mythological characters. They teach us how to keep relations with our brother,mother,father,son,friend etc. The book also teaches us to be truthful throughout our lives, because ultimately it is the victory of good over evil.
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology have fascinated me since childhood. My favorite myth would be the one about Pyramus and Thisbe (kind of like Romeo and Juliet) because it brings back some memories. :-) But my favorite mythological character would be Artemis (or Diana). For me she represents both strength and tenderness, being the Goddess of the Hunt and protector of women in childbirth.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
My favorite myth is always and have been always the Greek Myths. I'd always borrow books on it when I was little and I would just read through it book by book and stuff. I love Greek Mythologies because not only is it so interesting, it is like a storybook. After reading much of the greek myths, I feel like I actually know the gods and I feel that it's such a shame that nobody believes in those gods now. My favorite mythological character is Athena. Although I know a whole bunch of other goddesses too who I relate to, I am more identifiable with Athena and I want to be more identifiable with Athena. Since she is wise, I want some of that and everything about her I can almost identify with. Thus, my second name is Athy and I actually go by Athy online.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I have two Greek Myths I like. First is the story of Pandora's box. I like that it was Zeus' anger that brought women to men not the Eden story. And the other is Medea. Talking about a soap opera. Medea kills everyone Jason loves and rides into the sunset?!
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@Thomas73 (1467)
• Switzerland
18 Feb 07
The myth I really like is that of Lucifer, Bringer of Light, in the Christian mythology. He can be compared to Prometheus in that he gave humans something the gods didn't want them to have. Old Prometheus gave us fire and paid for his rebellion by having his liver eaten daily by an eagle. Lucifer gave us the light of knowledge and was militarily kicked out of Heaven by Gabriel and his troops of angels. I you are to believe this myth, then Lucifer gave us intelligence and the possibility to use our brain efficiently. He could be the saint for science! ;) I actually prefaced my PhD thesis with the Ode To Satan, by 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire (my avatar), and a few eyebrows were raised. The original text was translated very nicely in 1999 by a certain William A. Sigler and reads as follows: Glory and praise be with you, Satan, in the heights Of the Sky, where you reigned, and in the lightless nights Of Hell, where now, overcome, you dream in silence! May my heart, one day, under the Tree of Science, Rest close to you, at the hour when around your head A new Temple will rise and its branches will spread! I'm sure that this will cause a few religious zealots here to get their knickers in a tiwst, but hey it's only a myth! ;)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Wow, I'd love to read your thesis! I do agree about Lucifer, bringer of light. I'm not sure if you're interested in contemporary fiction, but Neil Gaiman wrote a great short story called "Murder Mysteries" that draws Lucifer's purpose into question as part of its backstory. If you're interested, you can listen to a great theatrical reading here: http://www.scifi.com/set/playhouse/murder/
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@Thomas73 (1467)
• Switzerland
18 Feb 07
I'm interested in all sorts of literature, so I'll check it out. Thanks! And I don't think you'd like to read my thesis, unless you're interested in building block biosynthesis of antisense RNA strands for gene therapy. ;)
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• United States
18 Feb 07
It sounds like it would be interesting, but in truth I'd probably never understand it. :)
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
19 Feb 07
there is one very sweet little story in our Hindu Mythology --Long long ago, there was an elephant which was a devotee of Lord Mahavishnu-[The hindu vaishnavites believe that He is the Omnipotent GOD RESIDING IN THE SUN.]coming back to the story , this elephant ,one day, went to the river to quench his thirst and lo!his feet were grabbed by a fierce crocodile.the elephant could not extricate itself from the reptile's clutches. he screamed " o my dear ALMIGHTY LORD VISHNOO ! " ]I can't Ican't" SAVE ME SAVE ME ---And the story goes like this-the Lord [appeared in all his splendour and glory and with his discus shooooyng!!! severed the crocodile's head and granted salvation to the elephant also.This story is very special to me because when my dear son was a little kid I used to narrate this with suitable dialogues and intonations and background music. He loved it. one day he got into a drum where I used to store rice --not too large but the child could not come out. He cried out endearingly like the elephant --'I CAN'T i can't ' in our regional language Tamil. he was less than 3 then. in the month of May, on full moon day this story is still enacted in our famous [Heaven on earth-]Srirangam
• United States
22 Feb 07
I love stories about Sun Gods. Thank you for sharing this with me, I loved the part about your son relating to the story in his own life.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
26 Feb 07
Exactly- you have really understood the sweet association of ideas.
• United States
18 Feb 07
The ballad of Tam Lin is one of my favorites. It's a scottish ballad that tells the story of Tam Lin, who must be saved from the Queen of the Fairies by his true love, Janet. I also love the story of Thomas the Rhymer. But my favorite god is Anansi. He's a god of agriculture and the Keeper of All Stories. He's a trickster, a punster, a teller of fables. I like that he represents, to me, the value of fairy tales, the importance of them to a people's culture and history.
• United States
18 Feb 07
Have you read Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Anansi Boys?
• United States
19 Feb 07
Yes, I'm a huge Gaiman fan :-)
@sarkar1 (336)
• India
19 Feb 07
Nice topic you started Jennybeans................. my favourite character is the legendary "Bhisma"(the great grand sire)........ from the great indian epic, "Mahabharata".......Mahabharats is so big, that its size is said to be about 10 times more than the size of Homer's Illiad and and Odyssey combined. Bhisma's oiginal name was "Devrat"........... he was the greatest warrior of his time and had the boon of "icchamrutyu"(he could decide when he wanted to die). He had commited in-numerable feats, and was killed by deceit by his own beloved nephew, "Arjuna". He had taken "bheesan pratigya"(yerrible vow) that he would never marry.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
Do they translate the Mahabharata into English? it definitely sounds like something I would enjoy reading.
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@patrice7 (1197)
• United States
19 Feb 07
pam - pamela anderson
hello.. i am fascinated with Greek mythology. my favorite mythological character is athena.. she is the goddess of wisdom and the warrior goddess. she is one of the virgin goddesses in olympia. She was the favorite daughter of zeus. she sprang from the forehead of zeus full grown and with armor. it is said that upon hearing the prophecy that Zeus child from Metis shall be his doom he swallowed metis whole and that athena came from metis in the insides of zeus and sprang from Zeus forehead when she was grown up and ready. Zeus' favorite child is athena and that is why he entrusted her the aegis.. the aegis is a shield with the head of the Gorgon Medusa which turns anything that sees it into stone. i like athena because she is so cool and so intelligent. she is the female counterpart of ares. she can be very very patronizing and very caring when it comes to her city, the city of Athens. actually she won over the city of athens because she offered the olive tree to them which brings food, oil and kindling for the people in Athens. The owl is the animal associated with athena. So there it is.. i am quite amazed that i did not copy and paste that.. i am very fond of mythology and athena is truly my goddess because she is connected with the ruling planet of my zodiac and the sephirah netzach too and the number seven.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
This is a really educated and thoughtful response, thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I love reading about mythology, though I'm partial to Greek and Roman. Maybe because they are the most common and thus easily accessible. With their pantheon of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, demi-gods and monsters, the stories are so numerous, the characters are many and the versions vary so. When first reading your question, I cannot immediately decide which one will I select as my favorite. After giving it some thought, I decided to settle on Oddyseus or Ullyses (not sure of the spelling there), the character from Iliad and the main character in The Oddyssey. Wily, brave and loyal, Odysseus was a character who use wits over brawn as exhibited in his coming up with that Trojan Horse stratagem. He also proved himself loyal to his mortal wife even though he was offered immortality by the lovely nymph that had tried to keep him. He was brave in fighting, but not power-hungry and would have not joined the Greeks in Troy if he had a choice. Overall, he was a fascinating character and Homer's stories are just as entertaining to me as I'm sure they were during his time.
• United States
18 Feb 07
I think between the Iliad and the Oddysey, Odysseus was my favorite character too. He was such a witty problem solver, and you're right, no matter what he went through, he remained loyal on all fronts.
@jen0526 (82)
• United States
2 Mar 07
My favorite is the story of Pandora's box. Leave it to the Greek gods to create woman as punishment for man, only to have her be super curious and unleash evil and sadness on humanity.
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@thebestmom (1105)
• Philippines
27 Feb 07
I've read that you are fond of mythology. can you suggest a website where i can read a story of it? my son has an assignment about mythology and I do not know where to find. thanks!
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• Canada
19 Feb 07
I would have to say that my favorite mythological figure would have to be Hercules. Being of Greek origin myself I guess I'm a little biased. I believe all of us have a hero deep inside and seeing good triumph over evil always makes use feel a little better and to some degree safer. Hercules not only fought demons and criminals but the actual Greek Gods themselves because he found them to be uncaring and brutal. I guess the way we feel about politicians today. Lol. The best thing that we can learn from Hercules is to always persevere and chase what we believe in.
@speqter (132)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
My favorite would be Hercules. I just love reading his exploits, including the famed 12 tasks of Hercules.
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@joy358 (491)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
I really love Greek and Roman mythology. In fact I can name almost all the major gods and goddesses of Greek myth and Roman counterparts of course. I like the of spiteful gods and vindictive goddesses, godlike beings with human attributes and to think that people of ancient Greece actually believed in them. I especially like the stories of Illiad and the Odyssey because it suggests of perseverance and not losing hope despite adversities.
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• Pakistan
19 Feb 07
my fav character is PATHAn...he belongs frm a pakistan/afghanistan character.... he is really strong, eats poppy seeds and is very kind to womenkind.. he is really short tempered and can demolsih his enemies in seconds...PATHAN RULEZ
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• United States
19 Feb 07
oh yes I love Greek mythology it is very interesting to read about. My fav story is about echo. I always forget her name gezzz lol anyway a long story short the women that was in love with Zeus found out that he had a thing for another women so in jealous she turned the lady invisible and told her she would be banished to the forest and all she could do was repeat after people. so they say that is how we got our echo of today. there are so many but that is my fav.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
I really like Greek Mythology, and have always associated with it, because my name is from Helen of Troy. So that is really nice, and has made such an impact on the world since it was first told. There is a lot of interesting things that can be learned from mythology, even though it is not a religious thing to me, it is still exciting to imagine such creative and far-reaching myths. I also enjoy reading about the Celts and the Vikings.
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