cave by Judith from flickr Grendel's description is kinda weird. It says that he looks human but not, basically. It's a very interesting way to describe him. A lot of the picture depictions in the reading show him having hair but the story makes it sound like he is covered in scales which honestly makes more sense seeing as how his mother lives underwater. I'm sure it's just a translation thing but the statement, "Grendel's monster-mother, avenging her monster-son." is just so funny to me. Beowulf being able to swim and fight under water is great. I can barely h
beowulf by Edward Badley from flickr Beowulf is a story I've heard of before and I know a the basic premise with Grendel and his mother but I've never really heard about this first half. One of the things that I found funny was the wanderer's song with I'd almost bet was actually sung at one point but was then just summarized by a storyteller that was no good at singing. It's really interesting to have the background to this tale. I would never though a "place of honor" could be at someone's feet. That's typically a place of humility or shame. And of course Beowulf has
Jesus by Michael Clark from flickr These stories of Jesus were always interesting to me. He curses the fig tree and throws the merchants out of the church. We find out about the greatest of the ten commandments and read the story of the woman who had only two coins to give. These tales are a great insight into how the Israelites view morality. We also have the betrayal of Judas and the crucifixion of Jesus. Even though Jesus predicted it, Judas' betrayal is a little strange as we don't get too much insight as to why he did it.
foggy by Sam from flickr Once again we see the concept of animals being able to take off their skins and become human-like. I love it! I also really liked the tales of the ghost land and the land of the dead. Some of my favorite mythology is the ones that deal with the afterlife. In the land of the dead story, we follow a woman who has died and learn what happens to us right after we pass on; we're led by the last person we thought of to where our ancestors are. It was also nice to see the reference to ancestral sacrifices is what sustains them in the afterlife.
Untitled (raven transformation mask) by A.Davey from flickr It's fascinating to see how they portray the animals like Raven in this story. We see animals used as characters in a lot of mythology, especially in North America. The animals are typically given human traits, but for the most part, the stories treat them as if they are just animals. I was surprised when I read that Raven could take off his mask and take on a human form. It really changes how I view the animals in these stories. As we see Raven interacting with the others in these tales, he could be in human
Bible by jesusnameupc from flickr For this reading, I chose to use the New International Version since it's easier to read. I really enjoyed the parables told by Jesus for the most part. We see him bumping heads with the Pharisees about the differing beliefs of the Abrahamic faith and Christianity. It's also interesting that this is only one of the four tellings of what occurred. I was surprised at just how many demons and spirits were exercised by Jesus in these chapters. I can't imagine being possessed by 2000 demons like that guy who Jesus freed. Mark 1 | NIV Bib
perropicante by DSC_0125 from flickr It's really interesting to learn how the Monkey King recieved his powers. I've heard about a few of his accomplishments but seeing that he went through years of training was interesting. I had always assumed that he was born that way. I really liked that despite all the training he received in manners and acting human-like he was still a monkey at heart that liked to goof off. Mythology and Folklore UN-Textbook: Myth-Folklore Unit: The Monkey King Sun Wu Kung
Sailboat by el_vaquero from flickr Reading this first part of Sinbad was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the laidback feel of his tales where he is always yearning to go back out on these adventures no matter how many dangers he has faced. The one thing that stood out to me is that he is always the only survivor of these situations regardless of how many are there at the start. Mythology and Folklore UN-Textbook: Myth-Folklore Unit: The Voyages of Sindbad
Reflections by John from flickr It's honestly strange how some of these backstories are told. With Tiresias, he was blinded by Juno for simply disagreeing with her in a basic argument. Although, in cases like with Echo Juno's retaliation seems warranted or at least justified to an extent. The same could be said about Narcissus who rejected everyone due to his pride. Reading about a man who loves himself mourning the fact he cannot be with himself is a very surreal experience. Ovid’s Metamorphoses by Ovid
Apollo's Chariot by Killian77 from flickr I really enjoyed the first part of Metamorphoses. Phaethon's story stuck out to me the most. The way Ovid describes the ride in the chariot was very descriptive. I think it would be really interesting to write the story from the perspective of Phaethon. To think about his panic and fear is something that we could only imagine. Ovid's Metamorphoses by Ovid