Via Under the influence!-Japanese Folktales: The Dream of Akinosuke – Ants, Dreaming Humans and the Butterfly Soul

In reality the idea of humans being insect-like in any way may seem absurd except in our dreams. But what if when we return from the dream to the waking world we find evidence that there may indeed be some basis for the idea we actually existed in our dream – what then?

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Via Under the influence! Japanese Folktales: The Tale of Rai-Taro, Son of Thunder

Some people say the gods know little of humans and care little. One of the gods heard this and was stung by the criticism. He decided he would send his son to live with people to complete his education to learn what he could about humans. He would then return and teach the gods the knowledge he had acquired.

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Via Under the influence!-The Arthurian Realm: The Madness of Merlin

The Vita Merlini, written by Geoffrey of Monmouth tells of the horrifying effect of war trauma on the individual and their families even one as famous and powerful as Merlin. After the Battle of Camlann, Arthur had been taken to Avalon and Britain split into many small kingdoms that fought among themselves. Merlin ruled over the South Welsh giving laws to the people and foretelling the future.

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Via Under the influence!-Japanese Folktales: Yuki-Onna, the Snow Woman

n Japanese folklore, Yuki-Onna or Snow Woman, is a yōkai, which is a kind of demon, spirit or supernatural monster. Presented here is a retelling of a story called Yuki-Onna, from Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, by Lafcadio Hearn.

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Via Under the influence!-Otherworldly Encounters: Einion and the Lady of the Greenwood

Eerie is the Otherworld and a strange tale to tell. Those who encounter the dwellers from that place – willing, or otherwise – often do not come out of it too well. This is a retelling of one such story, Einion and the Lady of the Greenwood, from, The Welsh Fairy Book, by W. Jenkyn Thomas.

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