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Rakhsh’s Lost Days We return to our hero, Rostam, who has fallen asleep after a successful hunt. While he slept, his horse Rakhsh wandered around and was spotted by some Turkish horsemen who captured him and took him away. When he woke up to find his horse missing, Rostam was… Read More »Tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab

Tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab

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It’s finally time for Rostam! Our previous episode kicked off our trilogy on the Shahnameh or “Book of Kings,” an epic by Ferdowsi on the history of Persia’s Greatest Kings and Heroes. We last spoke of the Hero Sam and his son Zal so if you are interested in knowing… Read More »Rostam: Horsin’ Around

Rostam: Horsin’ Around

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The Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) by Hakim Abu al-Qasim Mansur is one of the world’s greatest Epic poems, detailing the history of Iran’s Kings and Heroes. He is known as “Ferdowsi Tusi,” which is actually a title meaning “The Tusi Poet from Paradise”. The work has morphed with every… Read More »Shahnameh: Sam, Zal and Rudabeh

Shahnameh: Sam, Zal and Rudabeh

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June is Pride Month, and as we all gear up to celebrate ourselves and our loved ones, it’s also time to celebrate the strides we have taken in the literary world of retellings! From all corners of the world, we have seen a rise in the representation of BIPOC and… Read More »LGBTQ+ Retellings

LGBTQ+ Retellings

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Podcast Art: The traditional Tales From the Enchanted forest tree in the foreground, with a space backdrop

Sparrow tries to convince Fox that Star Wars is truly a fairy tale. But Fox is not quite convinced. Hear the debate and let us know if you think Star Wars is a fairy tale or just a fantasy.

Star Wars: Fairy Tale Or Fantasy?

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We have used many different versions of “The Mitten” from Barbara Suwyn, Irina Zheleznova, Svitlana Yakovenko, Pavlo Chubynsky (1878) and Ivan Rudchenko (1870).  Today, we have a famous folktale from Ukraine that some of our travellers might have heard already! The story of the mitten has been translated from Ukrainian into many different languages and… Read More »The Mitten: Ukrainian Folktale

The Mitten: Ukrainian Folktale

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Cinderella is unconquerable when accounting for the number of retellings, adaptations, variants and popularity. Most of these adaptations focus on the Charles Perrault version of Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper) when there are many other variants to choose from! One of these variants called “Yeh-Hsien” is the earliest recorded Cinderella… Read More »Beauty and Pockface: Skin Deep

Beauty and Pockface: Skin Deep

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Cover Art of episode "The Doomed Prince: Dog Days"

What began with Egyptian funerary texts, hymns, poems and records soon evolved into one of the earliest records of narrative literature. There were few surviving narrative stories from the Middle Kingdom, including the “Story of Sinuhe,” and “Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor.” Narrative tales like our Doomed Prince didn’t flourish… Read More »The Doomed Prince and the Three Fates

The Doomed Prince and the Three Fates

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Learn more about Joseph Jacobs’ “Field of Boliuans” and Irish folktales with this fun story of Leprechaun trickery! Fantastic finds on Irish mythology, stereotypes, superstitions, beer, and magical creatures!

Luck o’ the Leprechaun

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