Viewing: Myths & Folktales

Apr 3

April 3, 2017

Haida Canoe, Alert Bay, The American Museum Journal, Volume X, 1910.

A Haida Cure for Hubris

From the moment I heard this story I loved it, the suddenness of it, like a flick of a knife, the ending so curt it leaves the mind reeling. The meaning, the moral, is not tied up nicely, but left to sink into you, slowly

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Psychology

Mar 22

March 22, 2017

Cover of Nuevo Mundo, vintage magazine published in Madrid, 1920.

The Meaning Makers

Whether we’re aware of it or not, with each passing moment of experience we’re interpreting it into story: the story of who we are and how things are.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Psychology

Sep 15

September 15, 2014

Catching hearts, Petit Livre d'Amour, Pierre Sala, 16th century

The Heart: An Appropriately Irrational Examination

Right now in your chest there is a muscular fist of tissue beating away, contracting and expanding, singing a pulsing song, producing its deep drum beat, which you are probably rarely aware of. This post will, at least momentarily, remedy that.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Sociology

May 19

May 19, 2014

A Souvenir From Scotland, Gustave Dore, 1879.

Carmina Gadelica: Chants and Charms of Scotland

From 1860 through 1905, the folklorist Alexander Carmichael steeped himself in the oral traditions of the Gaelic-speaking regions of Scotland. These were salt of the earth people, of many distinct and localized cultures, almost entirely illiterate and poor in monetary wealth, but with soaring lyrical tongues and sharp minds, perfectly adapted to surviving the often harsh conditions of their homeland.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Sociology

Apr 20

April 20, 2014

Painting Easter Eggs, Mykhaylo Chornyi, 2000

The Ancient Roots of Easter

Easter is another opportunity to celebrate the fulfillment of the long cycle of the seasons: the end of winter and the rebirth of spring.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Psychology

Mar 20

March 20, 2014

Crocusses, lythograph by Luite Klaver, date unknown

The Vernal Equinox: Spring Has Sprung!

Today there is a precious and momentary balance in which the day and night are equal in duration, held in shimmering equilibrium before the daylight begins it’s seasonal dominance and the night recedes more and more of it’s allotted time until the summer solstice.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Psychology

Mar 12

March 12, 2014

Narcissus pseudonarcissus and Narcissus poeticus, Hans-Simon Holtzbecker, 1659.

Flowers for Thought: Narcissus and Evolution

Today the daffodils have unfurled: bright yellow petals proclaiming winter’s dominance at last has ended. These trumpet-bearers of spring were my favorite flower as a child, and I would sneak through parks like some small-time criminal to break a few stems and whisk home with the evidence. Years later when I became an avid reader of Greek mythology, I was surprised to learn that these sweet flowers were also known by the name Narcissus and were associated with a very strange tale of tragic self-adoration.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Sociology

Mar 4

March 4, 2014

Firebird Feather, Elena Konstantinovna Gorokhova

The Sighting of the Firebird

I am of the joyous suspicion that the world is endlessly offering me secret imperative messages, which I only observe when my consciousness is embedded in the actual experience unfolding moment to moment.

Posted in Myths & Folktales