Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fox Spirits

I wanted to share this website: Fox Spirits in Asia and Asian Fox Spirits in the West. The website has not been updated in a long time, but that's fine: it is full of wonderful information.


... plus more links at the website 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Hero's Journey

This diagram comes from the Wikipedia article on The Hero's Journey, which is based on the work of the mythologist Joseph Campbell, quoted here:
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
Here is the diagram, and see below for more details about Campbell's scheme:


Campbell's 17 Stages:

Departure
1. The Call to Adventure
2. Refusal of the Call
3. Supernatural Aid
4. Crossing the First Threshold
5. Belly of the Whale

Initiation
1. The Road of Trials
2. The Meeting with the Goddess
3. Woman as Temptress
4. Atonement with the Father
5. Apotheosis
6. The Ultimate Boon

Return
1. Refusal of the Return
2. The Magic Flight
3. Rescue from Without
4. The Crossing of the Return Threshold
5. Master of Two Worlds
6. Freedom to Live


Monday, September 4, 2017

Delighting in Differences

I am a lifelong fan of Star Trek (I religiously watched reruns of the original series starting in 1972 when I was in third grade). Here is a quote from the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry; you can find more Roddenberry wisdom at Wikiquote. This idea about science fiction is, in my opinion, what also inspires great storytelling in general:

Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.





Monday, August 21, 2017

Real Relationships with Imaginary Characters

This is a TEDx video from OU with an OU faculty member: Jennifer Barnes. It was featured on the TEDx Innovations page... and since you are spending a lot of time with imaginary characters in this class, I think you might really enjoy what she says about our emotional investment in fictional worlds.





Sunday, August 20, 2017

Amy Burvall: Trojan War

Here is one of Amy Burvall's wonderful "History Teacher" mash-up videos. This one is about the Trojan War, and the music is Tainted Love by Soft Cell. Be sure to turn on the captions to get all the lyrics:


In Homer’s epic tale of 
Ancient Greece in order to
Make some peace at a wedding
The handsome Paris had to make a choice
Who was most fair
Of all the goddesses there?
A golden apple they’d receive
And don’t you know he picked Aphrodite!
Then she promised him 
The love of a maiden
The most beautiful woman
From Sparta, her name was Helen
Wife of the King Menelaus, oh!

Trojan War
Trojan War

The Greeks were mad
They gathered all the ships they had
But then the fleet just wouldn’t move
So Agamemnon asked what he could do
To make things right
Diana needed sacrifice
With Agamemnon’s daughter slain
Those Greek ships could sail for Troy again
Ooh, Odysseus
Known for his eloquence
Ambassador to Priam
Demanded Troy return fair Helen
The king refused and that started the war

Trojan War
Trojan War

Hektor was killed
Then Paris shot Achilles’ heel
But the Greeks hid in a wooden horse
And breached those walls of Troy of course!

Trojan War
Trojan War

Face that launched a thousand ships
Talkin’ ‘bout the Trojan War
Face that launched a thousand ships
Talkin’ ‘bout the Trojan War