Category Archives: Buddhism

More Names, More Fun

After I shared my last post on Dragon Quest names on Discord, Arlen Pavka replied with a list of names from the mobile and Nintendo Switch versions of DQ2, which includes a few I hadn’t previously seen. I’ve written about … Continue reading

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Give Me Back My Name

A subject I’ve sometimes seen come up on Dragon Quest fan communities is that of the names in DQ2. You give the hero, the Prince of Midenhall, whatever name you want, and that somehow determines the names of your companions, … Continue reading

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This Life Is for Squirrels

Shakespeare for Squirrels, by Christopher Moore – The third of the author’s Shakespeare parodies, after Fool and The Serpent of Venice, takes on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’m interested in this play as it’s sort of a mythological crossover, mixing … Continue reading

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Save Our Symbols

I’ve recently heard about white supremacist groups co-opting the A-OK finger symbol, which hardly seems fair to the rest of us. If they want to steal it, why should they just be able to get away with it? We can’t … Continue reading

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Kondo for Sale

Someone recently posted this article in response to a mention of Marie Kondo on Facebook, and I had a few thoughts regarding it. Especially with what’s going on the government these days, it’s probably never a good idea to outright … 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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Hell-thy, Wealthy, and Dead

The expression “you can’t take it with you” apparently dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, but the idea is older than that. Not all cultures have believed this, however. We know that the tombs of wealthy … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Feed the Ghosts

Hungry ghosts are a Buddhist concept, but they’ve spread into other East Asian religious traditions as well. The Sanskrit term for this kind of spirit is preta, which basically means “departed.” The Chinese name for them, èguǐ, means “hungry ghost,” … Continue reading

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Save Your Drama for the Yamas

Yama Yama Land: Where Everything Is Different, by Grace Duffie Boylan, illustrated by Edgar Keller – There were several books released in the early twentieth century that were largely imitative of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, both in story and … Continue reading

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There Goes the Sun

I thought I might do something with mythology related to eclipses this week, and this page gives an overview of some such explanations. It was apparently pretty common to assume the Sun was being eaten when it disappeared during the … Continue reading

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