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What is your favorite Myth, Folktale, or epic? What is it that you like about it? Any thoughts?
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Greco-Roman mystery religion myths. Recently I got interested in ancient near east myths, primarily Egyptian and Assyrian.
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I’m always fond of the myth about how Beaver stole fire from the Pines because it gives a great deal of insight into how the native American tribes developed their religious beliefs and traditions.

In the story a beaver steals fire and runs away to share it that all the creatures of the forest can warm themselves on a cold night. The pines chase after him, and when they close in he jots from left to right to avoid them. When he has a lead he shoots straight. Supposedly a river was placed to show the path he took, and that’s why parts of the river are straight while others are rough and winding. A great cedar tree chased him to the top of the hill, but Beaver escaped and shared fire with the other trees. The cedar stopped chasing him on the hill and watched him go about. That’s why the cedar was all alone on that hill top.

It’s much more interesting to read about yourself, but if you read my summary above you’ll know the story as though you read the cliff notes yourself!

I also like some of the more ancient and traditional stories. I love the Odyssey, though I dislike the Iliad. (Darn story wanders off too much. The Iliad will literally introduce a character with one sentence, kill him in the next, and then dedicate three or four pages to telling his life story even though he doesn’t impact any part of the story. In other words I recommend the shortened version.)


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I loved reading the Odyssey(?) of Homer or something like that, and it is set in ancient greece where all the magic,hydras,gorgons and stuff happen. A rather long but enjoyable book.
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My favorite Piece of writing would definitely be Stockton's The Lady, Or The Tiger? I don't know why, but I just sticks out for me so well, and in English my teacher made us write a conclusion for it, as there isn't one. It was delectable.
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Epic-wise, I love The Odyssey. It was long, but a page turner because of different aspects. It allowed the reader to question as they read. I fairly enjoyed it even though it was a school assignment. Myth-wise, I enjoyed Demeter and Persephone, also a school assignment. I was to study the myth and write a report as well as draw my artistic views of Persephone [meaning, I couldnt look at any pictures of her] That was difficult, but the myth itself gave enough description of her. Folktale-wise, I love the Snow Queen. The original grim version was somewhat disturbing [Spoiler: since at the end, she had to skin her finger and use it as a key End of Spoiler] but thats what made it an original.
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I love Ovid's Metamorphoses and Milton's Paradise Lost. The poetry seems to dissolve into images right before your eyes, for every line contains more imagination and creativity than what we ordinarily think.

I had sought out these books after seeing Bernini's sculpture of Apollo and Daphne (where she turns into a laurel tree).
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I got to say that the story of Gilgamesh , the fifth king of uruks and his rival Enkidu. Also one of the first superhumans that are recorded in history! (That includes Hercules and some other...)
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I like almost all types of myths..especially all those listed above. I haven't read about the native american myth though. Odyssey and lliad are great classics. Indian myths/religious stories are very interesting too such as the Bhagavad Gita. Action, romance, Phillosophy, supernatural all rolled into one making it a very good read indeed. Chinese Myths are quite standard though ( Perhaps it is because i am a chinese). However my favourite is Irish and Norse myths especially the one detailing the coming of ragnarok and also other tales of advenures of the gods (which are human-like in many ways except for their supernatural powers).


PS: THese comments are just my personal view and i hope it does not offend anyone of and religious beliefs if you find it insensitive as it is not my intention at all.
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basically i just loveeee all kinds of stories: from fairytales(for kids) to those serious type of legends/tales from all over the world - but mostly i just totally in love with any kind of stories that involves magic and gods/goddess in particular!!!!! My favourite stories are the Freek/Roman ones, maybe that's why i did Classics because i got soooo enchanted by those endless stories of gods/goddess.

By the way at the moment I am studying Ovid Amores* which i found quite amusing^-^
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I'm trying to find more information about Ifugao myths and folklore....
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Well I love epic books with a hero needs to save the world and has problems of his own...Like Eorogan or The lord of the rings...or Harry potter! (I am talking about the books not the movies)
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Aesops Fables

No, just kidding... well, actually I do like aesops fables... who doesn't? They're classic! xD
but i like narnia and lotr and the hobbit. i also like some greek mythology, like the myth of Daphne or the myth of cupid and psyche
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i love all greek mythology...oh but my favorite is the story of homer's epic of Iliad and the Odyssey.
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In terms of folklore, myths and legends the only one that comes to my mind is an epic legend called Biag ni Lam-ang... its an epic poem that talls the story of Lam-ang and the people in the pre-hispanic colonial period in the Philippines:


The hero, Lam-ang, could talk immediately after birth. He picked his own name, chose his own sponsor, and asked for his father’s presence. Barely nine months old, Lam-ang fought the headhunters who killed his father. Accompanied by his pets - a rooster and a dog - he journeyed to court the beautiful Ines Kannoyan. Ines Kannoyan’s palace was filled with suitors, so Lam-ang’s rooster flapped its wings and the long house toppled. This amazed everybody, especially Ines. Then, Lam-ang’s dog barked and a big house arose. Lam-ang gave Ines two golden ships filled with treasures, and then he married her. Finally, he was eaten by a sea monster, but was reborn from his retrieved bones.

_summary from Wikipedia_

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