What the Folklore is a comedy podcast trying to make sense of nonsensical stories. We deal in strange mythology and folktales from around the globe. We can be found at www.facebook.com/wtfolklore.
"The Story of a Scorpion Who Was the Son of Adam" is what we're reading this week, with periodic interruptions of Very Good Ideas that the right people on Twitter needed to know about immediately. The story itself is the result of someone really crunching to make a deadline.
This episode brought to you by executive producer Mcatnip, Aarne-Thompson type 2033, "Henny Penny Thinks the Sky Is Falling"
We're finishing up "The Goddess of Mercy: a Biography of the Bodhisattva" this week, though honestly, we probably could have just called it last week and it would have been fine. Tiger makes a comeback, which gives us something to hang on to throughout the many twists and turns of this story.
Hans Christian Andersen's "Garden of Paradise" is another one of those stories that fundamentally changes our overly tangled web of fairy tale interconnectedness. Hans with the heat again: lots of Immortal Bony/Project Birdfall meat for everyone!
This episode brought to you by executive producer Ida, Aarne-Thompson type 670a, "the Woman Who Understood Animal Languages"
"The Three Languages" is a Grimm story that needs a lot of fixing up. Sure there's a super weird Pope ceremony at the end, but what happened to the dogs and frogs? It's a story that demands some grasping at straws to fill in the gaps.
This episode brought to you by executive producer Jake, Aarne-Thompson type 766, "the Magic Sleep"
"A Tale of Two Brothers" just has too much going on, and not enough of it is focused on the children's card game at the center of the conflict. There's a lot that needs to be cut away from this story, and that leaves a lot of room for other, better stuff to fill it back up.
This episode brought to you by executive producer Roast Rabbit, Aarne-Thompson type 471, "The Bridge to Another World"