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I grew up with myths - Greek myths, primarily, and as I grew older I started branching out into other cultures.
I love stories of all kinds, really, and what I find especially fun is retelling those stories in new and interesting ways. Sometimes it’s just plain entertaining, and sometimes it shines a new light on the original story. (I don’t have a bard’s tongue, sadly; my retellings tend to go along the lines of “…so then Kali’s all ‘Yo, Durga, tag me in!’ And Durga reaches out from the back of her TOTALLY SWEET riding-tiger and slaps her hand, so then Kali sticks her tongue out and…” Complete with bouncing up and down and lots of hand gestures. Enthusiasm, yes; poetry, no.)
One example of this type of re-imagining is Sita Sings the Blues - an interpretation of the Ramayana from Sita's point of view. Among other things, it incorporates torch songs from the 20's-30's, which made me happy :) (Two things. Thing the first! While I personally enjoyed it, the film's gotten mixed reaction from the Hindu community - some have loved it, some have hated it, and some are ambivalent. The creator herself is not Indian, so... whether or not it's appropriative or disrespectful is open to interpretation. Thing the second! While giving Sita her voice is arguably a feminist approach to the story, the story itself is not feminist - control issues, patriarchy, and victim blaming abound.)
Another is Myths Retold, where Ovid (no, really, that's what he calls himself) writes a whole bunch of... well... retold myths. I especially like this one, because he tends to tell myths about the same way I would (see above.) They're best read out loud, for maximum effect :D (Do note: the site is NOT a safe space. Basically take any normal trigger warnings that would apply to any given myth, and dial them up to eleven.)
Open thread! Did you grow up reading myths, or did you learn them in school? What types of myths are your favorite? Is there a lesser-known story that you particularly like to share? Do you tell stories in "traditional" ways, or do you tend towards a more casual/modern style? Do you like new interpretations of old stories, or do you prefer the older versions? What other re-imaginings have you found that are good or at least interesting? Do you know of any places or sub-communities where the oral storytelling tradition is alive and well? Bonus question: what IS the difference between a) religious stories, b) myths, and c) fairy tales/legends/folklore/other stories? I tend to group them all under the heading of "myths" (for reasons I don't have the space or the time to get into here), but I always wonder what dividing lines other people use...
Monday Reminder! While I have fun coming up with pretty pictures and/or interesting “prompt” questions for open threads, you aren’t limited to those! These threads are open - go wild, talk about whatever moves you! (Just remember that this is still a safe space, please!)