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Every episode focuses on a different famous mythological figure. Through atmospheric story-telling we learn the condensed origins of folklore tales from all over the world, and also take a look at varying interpretations, cultural differences, and how the stories have influenced other media. Hosted by Bob Shoy. Contact at fiveminutefolklore@gmail.com

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Every episode focuses on a different famous mythological figure. Through atmospheric story-telling we learn the condensed origins of folklore tales from all over the world, and also take a look at varying interpretations, cultural differences, and how the stories have influenced other media. Hosted by Bob Shoy. Contact at fiveminutefolklore@gmail.com

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Fantastic

By Sarbree - Apr 22 2020
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Fantastic in every way. Love it!

Great show

By TrueLN678 - Dec 18 2019
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Quite a well done podcast IMO all around

iTunes Ratings

41 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
1
0
1
1

Fantastic

By Sarbree - Apr 22 2020
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Fantastic in every way. Love it!

Great show

By TrueLN678 - Dec 18 2019
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Quite a well done podcast IMO all around
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Five Minute Folklore

Latest release on Aug 13, 2020

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Rank #1: #10 - Ceridwen & Taliesin

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Welsh Folklore this week. The stories of Ceridwen the Enchantress, and Taliesin the Bard were too connected to split into separate episodes, so I will be talking about both on this one. Pagan beliefs, ancient texts, and Arthurian connections.

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Dec 28 2017

30mins

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Rank #2: #14 - Boggarts

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Folklore from the north of England, and my most requested topic - Boggarts. Includes the stories, 'The Farmer and The Boggart', and 'The Legend of Boggart Hole Clough'. I also talk about superstitions, appearances in fantasy media, and The Grizlehurst Boggart.

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Mar 01 2018

28mins

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Rank #3: #12 - Headless Horseman

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This episode looks at Headless Horseman stories from all over the world. From the oldest stories of the Dullahan in Ireland, and the German horsemen written down by the Brothers Grimm, to Ichabod Crane and The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow.

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Jan 11 2018

26mins

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Rank #4: #7 - Koschei The Deathless

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This episode is all about the villainous Russian folklore character - Koschei The Deathless.

I retell the classic story 'The Death Of Koschei The Deathless,' and we talk about some other Russian stock characters; Baba Yaga, Prince Ivan, and Marya Morevna.

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Dec 07 2017

24mins

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Rank #5: #4 - Momotarō

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On this episode we learn about the origins of Momotaro, the Japanese 'Peach Boy', in a more fairy-tale style of story, and his use as role model to children, as well as a World War II propaganda figure.

The story of 'The Monkey-Crab Battle' is also covered.

Thanks to Rick Dove, James Mildenstein, Karen Chapman, Malcolm Shoyer and Rebecca Chapman for providing voices on this episode.

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Nov 16 2017

21mins

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Rank #6: #27 - Fatma Al Samha & Fatoom: Daughter of Beggars

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This episode features two stories; both longer than usual, from two different African countries - Sudan and Libya. The Sudanese story of Fatma Al Samha, or Fatma The Beautiful if one of the most well known folklores in the ahaji style, and the story of Fatoom is a very strange Libyan tale that I have barely any information on.

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Dec 06 2018

24mins

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Rank #7: #28 - La Befana

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This festive episode of Five Minute Folklore takes a look at La Befana - the Christmas witch of Italy, who visits children to delivery gifts of the eve of Epiphany. There are many similarities between her and the more modern Santa Claus, although she is much more closely tied to the traditional Christian Christmas story.

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Dec 20 2018

15mins

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Rank #8: #22 - Suur Tõll

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Folklore from Estonia - The legend of Suur Tõll, otherwise known as Toell the Great, or Tyll the Giant, who defends his island of Saaremaa, alongside his wife Piret, against the attacking hordes, the evil Warlord, and his rival, Vanatuhi, The Old Vile One.

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Aug 16 2018

15mins

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Rank #9: #5 - Ankou

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On this episode we learn about the origins of Ankou, who originates in Breton mythology, and is one of many Death representations in folklore.

(*This was the first episode I out together so is shorter, and less polished than the others.*)

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Nov 23 2017

15mins

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Rank #10: #17 - Arash The Archer

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This episode explores the heroic Iranian folklore character of Arash The Archer. He is a symbol of sacrifice and bravery in Persian culture, and his story has been told for many, many years. We look at the many variations of his tale, his importance to Iran, and who he is in relation to other Persian folklore figures.

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Mar 29 2018

20mins

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Rank #11: #21 - Aldar Kose

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This episode looks at the legendary trickster from the folklore of Kazakhstan - Aldar Kose. He is a hero of the lower classes who always comes out on top, by outwitting the wealthy.

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Jul 19 2018

16mins

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Rank #12: #8 - Anansi

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This episode looks at the 'God Of All Stories' - Anansi, the trickster spider.

Originating in Ghana, but spreading across the the Caribbean, and the rest of the world; Anansi stories are some of the most far-reaching folklore tales.

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Dec 14 2017

25mins

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Rank #13: #25 - Pasancana & El Familiar

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This episode covers two different folklores from Argentina - The Legend of the Cactus; Pasancana, and The Devil's fearsome debt collector; El Familiar.

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Nov 08 2018

18mins

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Rank #14: #9 - Nisse / Tomte

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A festive Five Minute Folklore, that looks at the Nisse.

Farm helpers from Scandinavia, who only wish for Christmas Pudding as their payment.

What they are, where they come from, and how they became a Santa figure.

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Dec 21 2017

27mins

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Rank #15: #20 - El Sombrerón

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This episode is all about the guitar-playing, hair-braiding, sombrero-wearing, El Sombrerón, from Guatemalan folklore. His music can mesmerise young girls, as he attempts to woo them, and possibly steal their souls...

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Jun 28 2018

17mins

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