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Dec. 19, 2022

70. Baba Yaga (Slavic Folklore)

In today's episode, we talk about Baba Yaga from Slavic folklore. For more information about today's episode, go to mytholadies.com. To donate, please go to ko-fi.com/mytholadies. To subscribe, go to https://anchor.fm/mythola...

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Dec. 5, 2022

69. Sedna (Inuit Mythology)

In today's episode, Lizzie tells Zoe about Sedna, the ferocious and powerful Inuit goddess of the sea. Together, they discuss the different versions and interpretations of her story, and how important she is to Inuit communities today.

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Nov. 21, 2022

68. Lot's Wife (Genesis)

In today's episode, we discuss Lot's wife from the bible. We discuss a variety of interpretations of her story, the parallels to the Orpheus and Eurydice story, and the way she became a symbol for colonialism

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Nov. 7, 2022

67. Winter Goddesses (Themed Episode #14)

In this episode, we discuss figures associated with winter from several different cultures. We discuss Skaði from Norse mythology, Nane Sarma from Iranian folklore, Poli'ahu from Hawaiian mythology, Marzanna from Slavic folklore, Hine-takurua from Māori mythology, and Snegurochka from Slavic …

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Oct. 24, 2022

66. Mae Nak (Thai Folklore)

In our last Halloween episode of the season, Lizzie tells Zoe about Mae Nak, a spirit from Thai folklore. Together, we discuss how her story relates to themes of grief, women's roles, and protests against the draft.

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Oct. 10, 2022

65. Princess Leutogi (Samoan Mythology)

In today's episode, we discuss the Samoan goddess Princess Leutogi. We discuss her association with bats, the different conceptions of bats throughout the world, and the importance of not removing myths and folktales from their context.

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Sept. 26, 2022

64. 山姥 - Yamauba (Japanese Folklore)

In our first solo Halloween-themed episode of the year, Lizzie discusses Yamauba, a frightening old woman spirit from Japanese folklore. We talk about the different stories surrounding her, as well as what she as a folk character can say about …

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Sept. 12, 2022

63. Witches (Themed Episode #13)

In today's Halloween-themed episode, we welcome the spooky season by discussing a few witches from mythology and folklore. We first discuss the antisemitic origins of the popular depiction of the witch. Then, we talk about Black Annis from English folklore, …

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Aug. 29, 2022

62. Draupadi (Sanskrit Epics)

In today's episode, we talk about Draupadi from the Sanskrit epic the Mahābhārata. We discuss her role in the famous epic, her multiple husbands and their relationships, and her importance today.

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Aug. 15, 2022

61. Rusalka (Slavic Folklore)

In today's episode Lizzie once again delights Zoe's inner Russian and Decemberists nerd with the rusalka, a water spirit from Slavic folklore. We discuss the dualistic nature of the rusalka myth, the many different stories associated with rusalki, and the …

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July 18, 2022

60. Yemoja (Yoruba Mythology)

In today's episode, we discuss the famous water goddess Yemoja from Yoruba mythology. We talk about the many different aspects of her worship throughout the world, the different forms she takes, and how her importance has lasted to this day.

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July 4, 2022

59. Women of the Trojan War (Themed Episode #12)

In today's episode, we discuss several of the women involved in the Trojan War from Greek mythology. We talk about Iphigenia, Chryseis, Briseis, Penthesilea, Polyxena, Hecuba, and Andromache.

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June 20, 2022

58. 黃崇嘏 - Huang Chonggu (Chinese Legend)

In our second Pride Month episode, we get into gender politics with the story of China's famous cross-dressing poet, Huang Chonggu! We dive deep into the various theatrical texts that depict her story, and examine what they have to say …

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June 6, 2022

57. Santa Muerte (Mexican Folklore)

In today's episode, we discuss Santa Muerte, the folk saint and personification of death in Mexico. We discuss different ways of viewing death, her association with the LGBT community, and the way her worship exemplifies the Catholic church's stigma against …

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May 23, 2022

56. Arraweelo (Somali Legend)

In today's episode, we talk about the legendary Somali queen, Arraweelo. We discuss how her story has been used as an argument against female leadership, the feminist movement to reclaim her story, and the similarities betwee...

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May 9, 2022

55. Moon Goddesses (Themed Episode #11)

In today's episode themed episode, we discuss moon goddesses from different cultures around the world. We talk about the Maya Moon Goddess, Selene (Greek mythology), Mayari (Filipino mythology), Coyolxāuhqui (Aztec mythology), Huitaca (Muisca mythology), Kuutar (Finnish mythology), and Mama Killa …

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April 25, 2022

54. Mary Magdalene (Christian Bible)

In today's Easter-themed episode, we discuss Mary Magdalene from the Bible. Zoe (who was raised Catholic) explains biblical lore to Lizzie (who was not raised Catholic). We discuss her depiction in the Gospels, her relationship to Jesus, and the origins …

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April 11, 2022

53. La Siguanaba (Central American Folklore)

In today's episode we discuss La Siguanaba, a frightening, horse-headed spirit found in folklore all throughout Central America. We explore the many, many different iterations of her story, talk at length about the symbolism of horses, and delve into colonial …

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March 28, 2022

52. Nafanua (Samoan Legend)

In today's episode, we talk about Nafanua, a warrior goddess and leader of Samoan legend. We discuss colonialism, the archetype of the female warrior, and the ways excluded identities are empowered by her story.

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March 14, 2022

51. Ériu (Irish Mythology) (feat. Cathy)

To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, Lizzie's friend and roommate Cathy joins to talk about the Irish goddess Ériu. We discuss sovereignty goddesses, the ways Irish mythology changed after Ireland adopted Christianity, and Irish solidarit

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Feb. 28, 2022

50. Medusa (Greek Mythology)

Today, we celebrate our fiftieth episode with one of Lizzie's favorite Mytholadies ever, Medusa herself! We discuss how the depictions of her have changed throughout the years, whether or not Medusa is really a monster, and w...

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Feb. 14, 2022

49. Oshun (Yoruba Mythology)

In today's episode, we talk about Oshun, a Yoruba orisha of fertility and love. We discuss lessons of cooperation, kinship terms, and power relations.

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Jan. 31, 2022

48. Manimekalai (Tamil Epics)

In today's episode we discuss Manimekalai, the heroine of another Tamil Epic. We compare and contrast it with the Silippatikaram (previously covered in Episode 17), examine the story of two minor characters within the narrative, and express our love for …

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Jan. 17, 2022

47. Hearth Goddesses (Themed Episode #10)

For our first themed episode of 2022, we look at goddesses of the hearth from around the world. We discuss Gabija from Lithuanian mythology, 조왕신 (Jowangsin) from Korean mythology, Kamui Fuchi from Ainu mythology, Chantico from Aztec mythology, Emoinu from …

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