Hilarious retellings of myths and history.
We’ve all heard mythological tales of monsters and guardians, good versus evil and so on from our parents and grandparents, regardless of what culture we grew up in. Stories of gods, angels, and other worlds are commonplace. Mythological worlds act as a strong base for memorable fictional worlds created by authors.
Modern mythological fiction provides an unseen, complex, deep and often dark sides of these mythological worlds.
Here are what I believe to be some of the best, most engrossing works of mythological fiction.
1. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
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Ordinary boy Percy Jackson finds out that the Greek Gods are not just real, but he is the son the son of Poseidon; a big responsibility rests upon the young shoulders.
Author Rick Riordan blends the ancient Greek Myths with the modern day in a perfect harmony, the formal behind his critically acclaimed success. He also wrote about Egyptian and Norse Mythology in a similar fashion.
2. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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Neil Gaiman has gathered the great Norse myths, which have inspired countless modern cultures, and retold them unlike ever before, from the dawn the the world to the halls of Valhalla.
The collection of these myths by Gaiman was somewhat essential since unlike all other forms of mythologies, Norse myths had not be compiled in any ancient scriptures. So this book acts as a hub, a compilation of the Norse Myths.
3. Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi
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Shiva is one of the three main Hindu Deities. Amish imagines Shiva as a common man, and depicts his journey and rise to Godhood. Set in the Indus Valley Civilization, the world’s oldest civilization, the trilogy blends history, fiction and mythology, while exploring the lives of various less-known gods, their contributions to the world and their rise to Godhood with Shiva.
4. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
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I am not certain if this book belongs in this list or is it perhaps the parent of the genre. Dante’s The Divine Comedy is a 14th-century three-part poem, beginning with Dante’s Inferno. Dante is led through Hell, guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil in the first poem. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso which tour purgatory and paradise.
The Divine Comedy has had a lasting effect on the literature and philosophy of the world. In fact, many of depictions of Hell and Paradise common in art and literature originate from this very poem.
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“We have ideas in our head where we want to go… Right now we know we want to stay in the Norse universe. We want to explore this relationship between a father and son, we know they have a very specific destination to get to. But we also know our fans are very savvy and smart. We wouldn’t just add atreus to God of War if it was just a one-off. This is a fundamental, big change and this being the beginning of Chapter 2, which allows Kratos to evolve, allows Atreus to come in as a new characters, as a new, vital and important character.”
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Iman Joy El Shami-Mader has been drawing a creature a day since October 2017, and posting the illustrations on her Instagram.
She told Atlas Obscura “It all started with the book Phantasmagoria—which is great—but there are many creatures that are only mentioned in passing or without any description at all.”
guys, one amazing thing after the other is happening and I’m serisouly just gobsmacked by it all?.. I cannot find the words to thank you all!❤️❤️❤️ . today another creature from the USA! here’s… Champ/Tatoskok . In American folklore, Champ or Champy is the name given to a lake monster supposedly living in Lake Champlain, a 125-mile (201 km)-long body of fresh water shared by New York and Vermont, with a portion extending into Quebec, Canada. The legend of the monster is considered a draw for tourism in the Burlington, Vermont and Plattsburgh, New York areas. Over the years, there have been over 300 reported sightings of Champ. Legends of a creature living in Lake Champlain date back to Native American tribes in the region. Both the Iroquois and the Abenaki spoke of such a creature. The Abenaki referred to it as “Tatoskok”. “Champ,” has allegedly been seen by hundreds of witnesses over the years. Descriptions of Champ vary, but most suggest a creature between 20 and 80 feet long, with a series of distinct humps on its back and a serpentine body. Some say the head looks like a snake or a dog. . Thank you Martin H. for telling me about Champ! . I was serious in my insta story btw – anyone know @realgdt … send him my way ?? . . . . . #phantasmagoria #creature #monster #champ #champy #lakemonster #monster #champlainlake #newyork #vermont #canada #serpent #snake #inkdrawing #drawing #illustration #fantasticbeasts #arkart #beautifulbizarre #blackwork #scales #bestiary #originalart #copicmarkers
She has asked her Instagram followers to send her ideas of beasts to draw at email@example.com, and has received and drawn suggestions spanning many time periods and cultures, as well as several characters from fiction such as a porg from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and an Owlbear from Dungeons & Dragons.
El Shami-Mader began the project as a stress reliever while working five jobs.
I felt extremely drained and worn-out all the time. I really needed something to balance out the lack of creative expression I was feeling and to get my mind off things, at least for an hour a day… A few years back I did a series of fairytale illustrations and came across many amazing creatures, like the Bøyg in Per Gynt. Since I always wanted to deepen my knowledge about these creatures, I ordered the book Phantasmagoria by Terry Beverton and it arrived on my doorstep on September 30, just in time for me to begin a daily monster-drawing challenge I’d set myself for the month of October.
She says that she feels mythical creatures show “humanity’s need to have a reason for both good and bad things happening. Sometimes they are a ray of hope, the only thing able to cure an incurable illness; other times they bring plagues and death. They are wise helpful spirits, and they are malicious tricksters. It can also be really funny—you can tell that some only exist because of the bad descriptions the scholars wrote down.”
had an extremely stressfull day catching up on all the work that piled up while I was living the good life on my mini-break in Vienna! so today I had very little time to get a good drawing done and as often, I’m really unhappy on how this little guy turned out… I’ll re-draw it soon, ’cause I do think the general idea can look nice! The Leshy . The Leshy (Russian: Ле́ший, IPA: [ˈlʲeʂɨj]; literally, “[he] from the forest”) is a tutelary deity of the forests in Slavic mythology. The plural form in Russian is лешие, leshiye (retaining the stress on the first syllable). As the spirit rules over the forest and hunting. Leshy are masculine and humanoid in shape, are able to assume any likeness and can change in size and height. He is sometimes portrayed with horns and surrounded by packs of wolves and bears. In some accounts, Leshy is described as having a wife (Leshachikha, Leszachka, Lesovikha) and children (leshonki, leszonky). He is known by some to have a propensity to lead travelers astray and abduct children, (which he shares with Chort, the “Black One”) which would lead some to believe he is an evil entity. He is however also known to have a more neutral disposition towards humans, dependent on the attitudes and behaviours of an individual person, or local population, towards the forest. Some would therefore describe him as more of a temperamental being like a fairy. . . . . . . . . . . #leshy #creature #monster #demon #evilspirit #forestspirit #darkforest #darkart #darkfairy #fairy #beautifulbizzare #fantasy #myth #folklore #mythologyart #inkonpaper #ink #blackwork #blackworknow #illustration #originalart #bestiary #humanoid #copicmarkers #copic
El Shami-Mader told Atlas Obscura that she would love to turn her illustration into a series of books, adding, “For now there is only an idea, but a friend of mine is a composer and we were thinking of collaborating on a trilingual ‘monsters set to music’ book. My current priority, however, is finding as many mythical creatures as possible.”
Illuyanka . In Hittite mythology, Illuyanka was a serpentine dragon slain by Tarhunt, the Hittite incarnation of the Hurrian god of sky and storm. It is known from Hittite cuneiform tablets found at Çorum-Boğazköy, the former Hittite capital Hattusa. The contest is a ritual of the Hattian spring festival of Puruli. The dragon was the symbol of the goddess and she was destroyed. In one version, the two gods fight and Illuyanka wins. Teshub then goes to the Hattian goddess Inaras for advice. Having promised her love to a mortal named Hupasiyas in return for his help, she devises a trap for the dragon. She goes to him with large quantities of food and drink, and entices him to drink his fill. Once drunk, the dragon is bound by Hupasiyas with a rope. Then the Sky God Teshub appears with the other gods and kills the dragon. . what are your favourite mythologies? which ones should I still check out?? . . . . . . . #phantasmagoria #creature #monster #snake #serpent #dragon #illuyanka #hittites #mythology #fantasy #fantasticbeasts #beautifulbizzare #darkart #ink #inkdrawing #drawing #originalart #blackworknow #blackwork #scales #bestiary #creatuanary2018 #legend #mythicalcreature #mythologyart #gods #goddess #teshub #hattusa
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Allegory of Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino, 1545 / Image Via Steven Art Gallery AB
Seated Cupid by Etienne-Maurice Falconet, 1757 / Image Via Wikipedia
Cupidon by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1891 / Image Via WikiArt
Sleeping Cupid by Caravaggio, 1608 / Image Via Wikipedia
Now that you can impress your friends with mythological facts and stories, don’t forget that this is the little face who’s responsible when you start catching those feelings.
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