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Tranimal Farm

a.k.a. Quixotic Sonichu
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Fans of folklore and classic literature please share with us the best/lesser known/ obscure myths of your homeland, or just lesser known myths you're particularly fond of.
EDIT: Cryptids and urban legends are also welcome, seeing as the USA is pretty bare bones in terms of ancient mythology.

I myself hail from the magical island of potatoes and heroin addiction known to some as Ireland, and to others trying to get punched in the teeth as "You guys are still a part of the UK right??"
Most of you hear the words "Irish Folklore" and we all know the first thing you think of, leprechauns. Those little bearded bastards you see on the Lucky Charms cereal box. But actually leprechauns are a pretty minor part of Irish mythology. They were mostly popularized by the 1959 Disney film Darby O' Gill and the Little People.

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Some foreigners (especially these days) look at this film and are tempted to cry "racism!" as it's outdated and quaint depictions of rural Irish people (or "culchies" as we call them here) does kind of give the film a Song of the South vibe. However native Irish opinions of this movie are generally positive, and to its credit, it came out during a time when there was still a fair share of anti-irish racism in America and it's family friendly depiction of Irish people and culture did contribute towards acceptance of Irish Catholics into American Protestant mainstream society.

Here are some better examples of myths and legends you'd be familiar with if you grew up native Irish. Some of you who play SMITE might be familiar with Cú Chulainn.
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As the art clearly depicts, all native Irish people have the supernatural ability to turn into giant, brutish, rampaging tards.

There are many stories surrounding Cú Chulainn, hes kind of the Irish version of classical Greek warrior heroes such as Odysseus and Achilles. Except if Achilles was best known for murdering a man's dog, and then stealing the dog's job.

Next we have The Children of Lír. Which is your typical evil stepmother story but a bit weirder. Tl;dr King's wife dies, king remarries, new wife isn't happy the king loves his kids more than her, new wife plots to get rid of them. She takes them to a river and considers drowning them, but is worried their ghosts will end up haunting her. Understandable. So instead of that, she decides to turn the kids into swans for 900 years. wat.jpeg
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So the kids are just kinda fucking around as swans for 900 years till they reach a man's house where they tell him their sad tale. As they do so some fuckin mad lad kicks the door down. This man is one of the kings of Ireland and heard this guy had some magic swans and here's here for that heretical feathery goodness. At that moment the spell on the children broke, and they turned back into humans, the same as they were 900 years ago. Except as the king and the man looked on, the kids started to age rapidly, catching up with their 900+ lifespans till they turned to fucking dust like Spiderman at the end of Infinity War
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Fin.

Lastly we'll go with The Legend of the Giants Causeway. For those who don't know the Giant's Causeway is an area of naturally occuring volcanic basalt columns on the coast of Northern Ireland known for their distinctive interlocking hexagonal shapes. It's one of Ireland's best known wonders and is a major tourist destination for those visiting the North. 94.jpgGiantsCauseway-5b0da585a474be00376375fc.jpgGiants-Causeway-Official-Guide-The-Causeway-looking-back-towards-the-cliff-with-people-on-it-c...jpgCounty-Antrim-Ireland.jpg
Mmmmm, dems some fine lookin rocks.

Naturally the distinct geometric nature of this formation made the ancient Irish think it couldn't POSSIBLY have occurred naturally, it must be man made. Or in this instance, Giant made.
As the legend goes, Fionn mac Cumhaill was a giant from Ireland famed for being the tallest and strongest of giants who could take anyone in a fight IRL. Eventually word of him reached a giant in Scotland named Benandonner, who himself had a reputation for being big and strong, decided he wanted to fight him, and so began a boogaloo.
The two giants decide to build a bridge between Ireland and Scotland to have their fight, and the Causeway was Fionn's part of the bridge. However, as he was building it, Fionn could see Benandonner in the distance, and turns out, Benandonner was way fucking bigger and tougher looking than him. Fionn then runs back home to his wife and asks her what the fuck should he do cause if he fights this guy he's gonna get fucking murdered. His wife then hatches a cunning plan. She then proceeds to dress Fionn up as a baby, and put him inside a giant ass crib.
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It's foolproof, and I'm just the fool who'l prove it.
Benandonner completes the bridge and soon comes to the house looking for Fionn so they can have their fight. Fionn's wife invites him in and tell's him her husband is out, but will be back to fight him soon. Benandonner takes one look at this giant ass baby, that's almost as big as him and shits himself. He asks "Is that Fionn's baby??" the wife says yes, it is. This baby is almost as big as Benandonner is, so the Scottish giant thinks to himself, "Fuck me, imagine how big Fionn must be!" so he turns tail and fucking legs it back to Scotland, and once he gets there he tosses a massive boulder destroying the bridge behind him so that Fionn can't follow him. And the Giant's Causeway that we see today is all that's left of this bridge.

Hope you guy's enjoyed, please share the best and banterest myths and legends from whatever country or region you're from, the more obscure the better.
 
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Tranimal Farm

a.k.a. Quixotic Sonichu
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The Lake Erie Monster/Bessie
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This is on the bottle of a beer named after the creature. As the name suggests, this is Ohio's Nessie. Yeah, this state is so unremarkable it can't even have a unique monster. It also has to share the monster with Michigan.
is it a decent beer at least? (not a great question considering my people's greatest stereotype but there you go)
 

Tranimal Farm

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Captain Fitzbattleaxe

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Well there's Näcken, a nude guy that's really good at the violin and sits and plays it in various rivers. Supposedly he'll teach you how to play really good if you give him your soul. Though sometimes he'll drown you instead (particularly if you're a woman or an unbaptisted child).
 

Tranimal Farm

a.k.a. Quixotic Sonichu
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Well there's Näcken, a nude guy that's really good at the violin and sits and plays it in various rivers. Supposedly he'll teach you how to play really good if you give him your soul. Though sometimes he'll drown you instead (particularly if you're a woman or an unbaptisted child).
everything about that except the baptism part made me think of Fiddler on the Roof. A play about Ukranian Jews that had a film adaptation I remember watching as a child.
 

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You know how the Black Hebrew Israelites claim that they're the real Jews and used to be kangz and all that? What if I went waaaaaay down the rabbit hole and told you that actually, the real black kangz were the Jews all along?

The background to this is that the book of Exodus has Moses fleeing from Egypt when he is (presumably) a young man, but later states that he was eighty years old when he approached Pharoah. So what what was he doing all that time? Why, ruling Ethiopia, of course.

TL;DR - Moses ends up in Ethiopia in the middle of a war. The Ethiopians immediately appoint him commander-in-chief, because he had a "noble countenance", and he later becomes king. This worked out for a while, but the Ethiopians got rid of him once they wised up to the fact that he was too racist to marry an Ethiopian woman. Moses moved on to Midian, and the biblical story picks up again.

The Flight​

An angel of God took Moses to a spot removed forty days’ journey from Egypt, so far off that all fear was banished from his mind.[77] Indeed, his anxiety had never been for his own person, but only on account of the future of Israel. The subjugation of his people had always been an unsolved enigma to him. Why should Israel, he would ask himself, suffer more than all the other nations? But when his personal straits initiated him in the talebearing and backbiting that prevailed among the Israelites, then he asked himself, Does this people deserve to be redeemed?[78] The religious conditions among the children of Israel were of such kind at that time as not to permit them to hope for Divine assistance. They refused to give ear to Aaron and the five sons of Zerah, who worked among them as prophets, and admonished them unto the fear of God. It was on account of their impiety that the heavy hand of Pharaoh rested upon them more and more oppressively, until God had mercy upon them, and sent Moses to deliver them from the slavery of Egypt.[79]

When he succeeded in effecting his escape from the hands of the hangman, Moses had no idea that a royal throne awaited him. It was nevertheless so. A war broke out at this time between Ethiopia and the nations of the East that had been subject to it until then. Kikanos, the king, advanced against the enemy with a great army. He left Balaam and Balaam’s two sons, Jannes and Jambres, behind, to keep guard over his capital and take charge of the people remaining at home. The absence of the king gave Balaam the opportunity of winning his subjects over to his side, and he was put upon the throne, and his two sons were set over the army as generals. To cut Kikanos off from his capital, Balaam and his sons invested the city, so that none could enter it against their will. On two sides they made the walls higher, on the third they dug a network of canals, into which they conducted the waters of the river girding the whole land of Ethiopia, and on the fourth side their magic arts collected a large swarm of snakes and scorpions. Thus none could depart, and none could enter.

Meantime Kikanos succeeded in subjugating the rebellious nations. When he returned at the head of his victorious army, and espied the high city wall from afar, he and his men said: "The inhabitants of the city, seeing that the war detained us abroad for a long time, have raised the walls and fortified them, that the kings of Canaan may not be able to enter." On approaching the city gates, which were barred, they cried out to the guards to open them, but by Balaam’s instructions they were not permitted to pass through. A skirmish ensued, in which Kikanos lost one hundred and thirty men. On the morrow the combat was continued, the king with his troops being stationed on the thither bank of the river. This day he lost his thirty riders, who, mounted on their steeds, had attempted to swim the stream. Then the king ordered rafts to be constructed for the transporting of his men. When the vessels reached the canals, they were submerged, and the waters, swirling round and round as though driven by mill wheels, swept away two hundred men, twenty from each raft. On the third day they set about assaulting the city from the side on which the snakes and scorpions swarmed, but they failed to reach it, and the reptiles killed one hundred and seventy men. The king desisted from attacking the city, but for the space of nine years he surrounded it, so that none could come out or go in.

While the siege was in progress, Moses appeared in the king’s camp on his flight before Pharaoh, and at once found favor with Kikanos and his whole army. He exercised an attraction upon all that saw him, for he was slender like a palm-tree, his countenance shone as the morning sun, and his strength was equal to a lion’s. So deep was the king’s affection for him that he appointed him to be commander-in-chief of his forces.

At the end of the nine years Kikanos fell a prey to a mortal disease, and he died on the seventh day of his illness. His servants embalmed him, buried him opposite to the city gate toward the land of Egypt, and over his grave they erected a magnificent structure, strong and high, upon the walls whereof they engraved all the mighty deeds and battles of the dead king.

Now, after the death of Kikanos, his men were greatly grieved on account of the war. One said unto the other, "Counsel us, what shall we do at this time? We have been abiding in the wilderness, away from our homes, for nine years. If we fight against the city, many of us will fall dead; and if we remain here besieging it, we shall also die. For now all the princes of Aram and of the children of the East will hear that our king is dead, and they will attack us suddenly, and they will fight with us until not a remnant will be left. Now, therefore, let us go and set a king over us, and we will remain here besieging the city until it surrenders unto us."

The King of Ethiopia​

They could find none except Moses fit to be their king. They hastened and stripped off each man his upper garment, and cast them all in a heap upon the ground, making a high place, on top of which they set Moses. Then they blew with trumpets, and called out before him: "Long live the king! Long live the king!" And all the people and the nobles swore unto him to give him Adoniah for wife, the Ethiopian queen, the widow of Kikanos. And they made Moses king over them on that day.

They also issued a proclamation, commanding every man to give Moses of what he possessed, and upon the high place they spread a sheet, wherein each one cast something, this one a gold nose ring, that one a coin, and onyx stones, bdellium, pearls, gold, and silver in great abundance.

Moses was twenty-seven years old when he became king over Ethiopia, and he reigned for forty years. On the seventh day of his reign, all the people assembled and came before him, to ask his counsel as to what was to be done to the city they were besieging. The king answered them, and said: "If you will hearken to my words, the city will be delivered into our hands. Proclaim with a loud voice throughout the whole camp, unto all the people, saying: ’Thus saith the king! Go to the forest and fetch hither of the young of the stork, each man one fledgling in his hand. And if there be any man that transgresseth the word of the king, not to bring a bird, he shall die, and the king shall take all belonging to him.’ And when you have brought them, they shall be in your keeping. You shall rear them until they grow up, and you shall teach them to fly as the hawk flieth."

All the people did according to the word of Moses, and after the young storks had grown to full size, he ordered them to be starved for three days. On the third day the king said unto them, "Let every man put on his armor and gird his sword upon him. Each one shall mount his horse, and each shall set his stork upon his hand, and we will rise up and fight against the city opposite to the place of the serpents."

When they came to the appointed spot, the king said to them, "Let each man send forth his young stork, to descend upon the serpents." Thus they did, and the birds swooped down and devoured all the reptiles and destroyed them. After the serpents were removed in this way, the men fought against the city, subdued it, and killed all its inhabitants, but of the people besieging it there died not one.

When Balaam saw that the city had fallen into the hands of the besiegers, he exercised his magic arts, which enabled him to fly through the air, and he carried with him his two sons, Jannes and Jambres, and his eight brothers, and they all took refuge in Egypt.

Seeing that they had been saved by the king, and the city had been taken by his good counsel, the people became more than ever attached to him. They set the royal crown upon his head, and gave him Adoniah, the widow of Kikanos to wife. But Moses feared the stern God of his fathers, and he went not in unto Adoniah, nor did he turn his eyes toward her, for he remembered how Abraham had made his servant Eliezer swear, saying unto him, "Thou shalt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell." He also remembered what Isaac did when Jacob fled before his brother Esau, how he commanded his son, saying, "Thou shalt not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan, nor ally thyself by marriage with any of the children of Ham, for the Lord our God gave Ham the son of Noah and all his seed as slaves to the children of Shem and Japheth forever."

At that time Aram and the children of the East heard that Kikanos the king of Ethiopia had died, and they rose up against the Ethiopians, but Moses went forth with a mighty army to fight against the rebellious nations, and he subdued them, first the children of the East and then Aram.

Moses continued to prosper in his kingdom. He conducted the government in justice, righteousness, and integrity, and his people loved and feared him.

In the fortieth year of his reign, while he was sitting upon his throne one day, surrounded by all the nobles, Adoniah the queen, who was seated before him, rose up, and spake: "What is this thing which you, the people of Ethiopia, have done these many days? Surely you know that during the forty years this man bath reigned over you, he hath not approached me, nor hath he worshipped the gods of Ethiopia. Now, therefore, let this man reign over you no more, for he is not of our flesh. Behold, Monarchos my son is grown up, let him reign over you. It is better for you to serve the son of your lord than a stranger, a slave of the king of Egypt."

A whole day the people and the nobles contended with one another, whether to pay heed to the words of the queen. The officers of the army remained faithful to Moses, but the people of the cities were in favor of crowning the son of their former lord as king. The following morning they rose up and made Monarchos, the son of Kikanos, king over them, but they were afraid to stretch forth their hand against Moses, for the Lord was with him. They also remembered the oath they had sworn unto Moses, and therefore they did him no harm. Moreover, they gave many presents to him, and dismissed him with great honor.

When Moses left Ethiopia, in the sixty-seventh year of his age, it was the time appointed by God in the days of old to bring Israel forth from the affliction of the children of Ham. But fearing to return to Egypt on account of Pharaoh, Moses journeyed to Midian.[80]
 
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Tranimal Farm

a.k.a. Quixotic Sonichu
kiwifarms.net
You know how the Black Hebrew Israelites claim that they're the real Jews and used to be kangz and all that? What if I went waaaaaay down the rabbit hole and told you that actually, the real black kangz were the Jews all along?

The background to this is that the book of Exodus has Moses fleeing from Egypt when he is (presumably) a young man, but later states that he was eighty years old when he approached Pharoah. So what what was he doing all that time? Why, ruling Ethiopia, of course:
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