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    I've been doing some dabbling in worldbuilding lately, and gained an interest in mythologies NOT related to the Greek, Roman, Arthurian, and Norse. I watched an episode of Halfworlds. It was crap, but talked a lot about Indonesian mythology, which I thought was pretty damn interesting.

    Do you have any favorite characters, concepts, creation stories, etiology, or folktales, from little-known mythologies around the world?


    What about your favorite literary mythologies? And please don't go the Lovecraft route, I'm interested in something new.
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    My favourite myth is the Judeo-Christian God.

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    Ooh, so edgy. So original I forgot to laugh.
    Aaand sold.


    Be it through hallowed grounds or lands of sorrow
    The Forger's wake is bereft and fallow

    Is the residuum worth the cost of destruction and maiming;
    Or is the shaping a culling and exercise in taming?

    The road's goal is the Origin of Being
    But be wary through what thickets it winds.

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    I'm very interested in Irish monsters. Dullahans (headless horsement), grogachs, merrows, cluricauns, fae, and the like. If you want to start somewhere, I recommend the Tuatha de Danann.
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    I don't know about these things directly, but books which incorporate Sumerian and Hindu mythologies are pretty interesting. Although, it's probably the 21st century American perspective that makes me enjoy them more

    I would start talking about Snow Crash, but, you've read it, so I'm just preaching to the choir.

    Egyptian mythology can also sometimes be interesting, although, again, most of the mysticism was added by 18th century European romantics. But, there's some stuff there.

    As for specifics ... Just too damn lazy ... Uggghhhhh
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    I'm a huge D&D fan, so my honest mythology recommendation is all the D&D books, like the Monster Manual. You can find free PDF downloads of them with some simple Googling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visions of Khas View Post
    Ooh, so edgy. So original I forgot to laugh.
    http://ohzit.com/wp-content/uploads/...t-1200x675.jpg

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    Speaking of D&D, look up the 3.5 manual of the planes. That's really fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEconomist View Post
    I don't know about these things directly, but books which incorporate Sumerian and Hindu mythologies are pretty interesting.
    This. Also everything involving Judaism mythology is cool, especially demonology. I think it was mostly influenced by Sumeria though but I honestly don't know much on the subject. I just went through the demon list on wikipedia a couple of times...

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    This. Also everything involving Judaism mythology is cool, especially demonology.
    Yeah, I've been interested in Judaic mysticism too. The range of things it covers is wild. I learned as a kid that golems originated with judaic legend. Also, Safer Sephiroth. (Safer Sephiroth encouraged YOU to be SAFE! (But really, it's pronounced sah-fer.))

    I'm trying to get into Hindu and Indian mythology right now, but it's pretty damn expansive. I had an indian man try to explain the meaning of maya to me. It was subtle and nuanced, so I'm not sure I entirely understood his meaning.
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    Be it through hallowed grounds or lands of sorrow
    The Forger's wake is bereft and fallow

    Is the residuum worth the cost of destruction and maiming;
    Or is the shaping a culling and exercise in taming?

    The road's goal is the Origin of Being
    But be wary through what thickets it winds.

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