Today’s theme in the Wyrd & Wonder challenge is myths and legends. There are a lot to choose from! Although some of them are very weird… But it’s also wonderful that some stories are so memorable that they survived thousands of years! Here are some myths and legends I find interesting. Because I know many of them from adaptations, I also tried to find a modern book based on the myth or legend.
As child Mulan was always my favourite Disney movie. When the Huns invade China, Mulan’s father is called to war. Because he is old and suffers from old war injuries, Mulan is afraid he won’t survive. So Mulan secretly disguises herself as man, takes her father’s weapons and goes in his place. I love how courageous and selfless Mulan is! It was very interesting to hear on the Myths and Legends podcast that the Disney version is based on an actual legend. It turns out that Disney stayed quite close to the original. One of the most important differences is that Mulan originally went to war with approval of her family. Her father actually trained her!
On my TBR: Reflection by Elizabeth Lim
If you have seen the movie, you probably remember the scene where captain Shang and his army fight Shan Yu in the mountain pass. What if Captain Shang was mortally wounded in this battle, and Mulan had to travel to the Underworld to save him? This sounds like a story I would love to read!
The legend of Atlantis was originally told by Plato. The island had a wealthy population that lived in a technologically advances civilization. But the people became greedy and corrupt. This made the gods angry. As a punishment they sent earthquakes that caused Atlantis to sink in the ocean. Most fascinating to me about this legend is that it may be based on real events. It also really sparks my imagination. I could totally image people living on the bottom of the ocean.
On my TBR: The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards
This book is set on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home. It’s an urban fantasy, because the world resembles ours. The biggest difference is the existence of magical beings. I’m not sure which role the setting plays, but this does sound like a good book.
3. The story of Isis and Osiris
Ancient Egypt has always interested me. I especially like this story about the goddess Isis and her husband Osiris. Here is a short version. Osiris successfully ruled over Egypt. His brother Seth was jealous of his success and wanted to kill him. On a party Seth tricked Osiris into lying in a box. He sealed the box and threw it in the Nile. At that moment, Isis was away. She immediately knew about her husband’s death and started to search for his body. After a long journey she finally recovered Osiris’ body. Yet, Seth discovered them. He cut the body into pieces and spread them all over Egypt. Isis again decided to find her husband. She collected all the pieces and reassembled them. With her magical powers she breathed life in Osiris and resurrected him. He lived long enough to make Isis pregnant. Then Osiris became ruler of the Underworld.
Reading recommendation: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
You probably know this writer from the Percy Jackson series (which I haven’t read). He also wrote a trilogy featuring the gods of Ancient Egypt. I only read the first part, but I like this take on Egyptian mythology. The main characters are Carter and Sadie. Carter travelled the world with his father, a brilliant Egyptologist. His sister lived with their grandparents in London. Everything goes wrong when their father tries to bring back Osiris to our world.