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Origins in Indonesia and the Philippines
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12 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Culture and Cosmos in Chinese Mythology
Begin your journey into the mythology of Asia and the Pacific with the story of Fu Xi, which illustrates a profound truth about both Chinese society and the mythology of…
Episode 2 Chinese Heroes, Kings, and Destroyers
Chinese myths about the feats of culture heroes and the deeds of rulers, while relating stories about how things came to be, also engage with questions of what ought to…
Episode 3 Peasant Folktales and Chinese Scholarship
After centuries of oral retellings, the myths and sayings of rural peasants were transformed into formal verse by scholars, becoming the foundation for a highly sophisticated and nuanced body of…
Episode 4 Spirits and Syncretism in Korean Myth
Early Koreans interacted with the spirit world through spirit mediums, primarily women, who perform shamanic rituals and preserve cultural knowledge even up to the modern day. These traditions incorporate religious,…
Episode 5 Korea’s Warring Kingdoms and Flying Dragons
Meet some pivotal figures of Korean mythology: the mythical culture hero Mireuk and his rival Seokga, the legendary king Hyokkose of Silla, and the self-sacrificing magistrate Pak Che-sang. Consider the…
Episode 6 Japanese Tales of Purity and Defilement
Prepare yourself for stories of decaying goddesses, befouled maidens from the underworld, deities emerging from a parent's dirty nostrils, and the contamination of the gods' most sacred spaces with divine…
Episode 7 Gods, Rice, and the Japanese State
Discover how centuries of borrowing religious and political mythology from China and Korea led to a syncretic blending of political myth-making that was heavily influenced by Buddhism and Confucianism. Consider…
Episode 8 Nature Gods and Tricksters of Polynesia
Polynesian tales center around spirits of the natural world, some of whom are compassionate helper-deities and some, like the nasty menehune, that delight in causing trouble. Meet the supreme figures…
Episode 9 Creation and Misbehavior in Micronesia
Compare versions of the same myths found all over Micronesia, such as the creation story of the cosmic spider and the rebellious acts of the Trickster Olofat. Consider how the…
Episode 10 Melanesian Myths of Life and Cannibalism
Delve into variations of myths about the sun and moon, how humans and other creatures were created, and how death came into the world. Learn about the development of anthropology…
Episode 11 Origins in Indonesia and the Philippines
Examine many variants on common mythological themes in this region: accounts of humanity emerging from eggs, intricate tales of the origins of different animals, and stories of how humans acquired…
Episode 12 Aboriginal and Colonial Myths of Australia
Australian mythology, like its wildlife, has features found nowhere else. Discover the mysterious underworld, from where most of life arose from the ground; encounter the Totemic Ancestors; hear tales of…

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