Category Archives: Chinese

Turtle Whirl

I was looking for information on the Black Tortoise of Winter who played a significant role in Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned to Silver, and it turns out that he’s pretty closely tied to a god called Xuanwu, a … Continue reading

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Coping with Totalitarianism

The Table of Less Valued Knights, by Marie Phillips – There have been many parodies of the King Arthur mythos, but this one covers some ground that I hadn’t seen before. It introduces another table at Camelot for the knights … Continue reading

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It’s Just a Fantasy

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, by Catherynne Valente – I believe this is officially the last book in the Fairyland series, but who knows what the future will bring? Well, maybe the marids do. Anyway, the … Continue reading

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Hyrule on the Hog

Years ago, I wrote a post on how common people turning into pigs is in mythology and fantasy. More recently, this post on Power of Babel also addressed the theme of pig-people, specifically that of orcs with the heads of … Continue reading

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Sorry, I Was Creating the Milky Way

The name “Milky Way” comes from the appearance of a band of stars and other celestial objects visible in the sky at certain times. It’s actually a view of the galactic plane from the outer spiral arm on which Earth … Continue reading

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Dragon-Infested Waters

Dragons are pretty common in Chinese mythology, serving as the protectors of various aspects of nature. Four of them are regarded as the rulers of the seas, and are known as the Long Wang, implying that they know how to … Continue reading

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Wheels of Fire

I wanted to feature some aspect of mythology associated with fireworks, what with the Fourth of July and all. The best I could come up with through Google was the Chinese hero and deity Li No-Cha, or Nezha. He fought … Continue reading

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