Category Archives: Chinese

Drainpipes and Dragons

Dragons are a mainstay of fantasy fiction, and of course have appeared in a number of video games. Even Metroid has them, and that series is more science fiction than fantasy. Dragons in the Super Mario universe in particular are … Continue reading

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Nobody Ever Suspects the Butterfly

Picture by Carsten Witte In this post about a Chinese drama, there’s a mention of butterfly demons, and some possibilities as to how this links to mythology. Butterflies are apparently considered manifestations of the soul in Greek, Chinese, and Japanese culture. … Continue reading

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Falling for the Fairy Fellowship

I’ve mentioned the fairyland on the other side of the world from Oz a few times, but since I’m planning on writing some fiction that takes place there, I might as well detail what we know about it. It first … Continue reading

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The Moon Has His Eyes on You

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi – The series based on Hindu mythology continues with this volume, where the reincarnated Pandavas seek out the magical tree Kalpavriksha with the help of a proud naga prince. Over … Continue reading

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Weasels on the Wind

Another mythical Japanese creature, or yokai, that came up in the Pokémon videos I talked about last week is the kamaitachi, the probable inspiration for the Sneasel. The name kamaitachi literally means “sickle weasel,” and that’s basically what they are, … Continue reading

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Such Shellfish Women

I’m not really not that knowledgeable about Pokémon, but I have played Pokémon Yellow and picked up a few other things here and there. These are mostly about the original Pokémon, though, and there have been so many others since … Continue reading

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Dragon Divinity

I can think of a few different video games with dragon gods, or at least dragons with celestial powers. I suppose that fits in with the East Asian conception of dragons, where they tend to be heavenly beings rather than … Continue reading

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You Always Lose with Impundulus

I’ve written a bit about thunderbirds before, but I’ve only recently come across their African counterparts, lightning birds. They’re part of Zulu, Pondo, and Xhosa culture; and beliefs about them vary somewhat. The most common name for the bird seems … Continue reading

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Toilet Terrors

There was a link on Twitter to this article on ghosts that haunt Japanese bathrooms, and I thought that might be a topic worth addressing myself. Bathrooms can be pretty scary places anyway, but usually the fear is more that … Continue reading

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Who You Gonna Quell?

Zhong Kui, known as the Demon Queller, is a popular figure in Chinese folklore, and a very popular subject in art. Indeed, when I searched for information on him, most of the links were to paintings, and many others to … Continue reading

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