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Comparative mythology.

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Comparative mythology.

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Myths over Miami: an article about how myth comes to exist among the homeless children of Miami (I yank this from the LJ of one cynicaljester).
God, it's heartbreaking to imagine the circumstances these poor kids are in. But at the same time, it's fascinating to see how humans put together myths- right there, in plain view of everybody, and we just think it's a children's game or something.
crotalus_atrox: ages back you'd drawn a very curious image of a skeleton with an equine skull on it, and mentioned it as another character's mother, and I'd mentioned an Hispanic legend? This story touches on that legend- about which more can be found here, at LaLlorona.com-- or here at Obiwan's UFO-Free Paranormal Page (which I link because the name amuses the hell out of me).
  • I love that article about the homeless kids in Miami and their myths. I found it several months ago and have circulated it around, but neglected to put it on my LJ.

    It is pretty amazing stuff. Reminds me of the kind of stuff that must have inspired films like "Candyman" and "Nightbreed" (never read Cabal, so I can't really speak for it, but I'm told it's got even more of that modern urban mythos theme to it).
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    • Yes, of course you can share this. I'd just ask that you please be sure let people know what you're sharing, so (for instance) strontium90 doesn't hit my LJ, comment, then read yours, hit it, and feel strangely cheated by the experience. ;)
  • Really interesting read. Wow..
  • La Llorona! ::amused:: I'd be scared by her when I was a little. If I didn't eat onions, la llorona would come and get me.
    • She seems pretty darn scary, truth be told.

      I also linked Obi-Wan's page because it mentions a relationship to the 'Phantom Hitchhiker'.
      The first La Llorona story I ever heard was: a young woman hitches a ride from a man on horseback down to the river- I think her little brother or sister was supposed to be there. When they get to the river, her grip tightens on him, and her shawl falls back from her head to reveal a horse's skull and the horse, terrified, rides off into the darkness, never to be seen by man again. The rider is still there on the side of the road and walks back into town, his hair gone dead-white from the shock of the experience.
      And that's the image that Collin's mother reminded me of. ;)
      • and a bit more because it struck me while watching TV

        Oh, and there was a drawing- the story was in a collection of Latin American folk tales (a bunch of Mayan stuff, too).
        La Llorona was depicted on the back of a horse, skeleton with horse's head and a sort of capeish affair (the shawl), the horse bucking and kicking and the man in front of her looking over his shoulder with terror while starting to fall off the horse to one side.
        And the whole thing looked very Diego-Rivera-woodcut-like.
        And I was I-think-seven.


        I'm going to try to sleep now HAH HAH HAH HAH.
  • Mercedes Lackey uses something like this in her latest Eric Banyon book, Mad Maudlin. Thanks for tracking it down. It's fascinating stuff.
  • Life is weird. About...maybe two years ago? SOmething like that. I was at work and stumbled on that, or someone forwarded it to me. I don't remember.

    Anyways, I was blown away. I kept thinking, "there's a lot of cool stories in there." I babbled about it to Darren at Gothic.net - he thought it was cool and sent the URL to Poppy Z. Brite, who sent it off to Clive Barker who immediately optioned it for a movie.

    At the time I thought, "I should have kept the damn thing to myself". But now I see that it's a pervasive enough story that it would have gotten to them anyways.
    • i couldn't remember who found it first. i remember my head whirling for a day or so with examples of maternal infanticides and stories about the power of childish belief.
  • Actually, for the record, that article's been floating around the internet since around 1997, when it was written. Clive Barker and Lynda Edwards were working to make a movie based off of this story - last I heard, the script revolved around a man working at a homeless shelter hearing these stories and eventually going into the Everglades to fight Bloody Mary herself, but the movie was bogged down at Miramax in development hell and funding was an issue (back in 2001).

    Also, hey, Bloody Mary myths go back to the 15th Century; the first La Llorona myth involves her appearing to the Aztec to warn them about Cortez (in a round-about way). You can find out more about her at http://www.lallorona.com/

    (Sorry to be semi-pedantic about this, but I'm actually using this article for one of the plots in the game I'm running, so I did a whole bucket of research on this article, Bloody Mary/La Llorona and the like....
    • Whoops, sorry, didn't notice you mentioned to La Llorona website as well - my bad. I was caught up in my pendant mode, I guess....

      (And hey, the Hernandez Brothers, in Love and Rockets, have a couple of La Llorona stories as well!)
  • This was a neat article. I really enjoyed reading it. It IS facinating how myths just seem to all pop together at once, like it really happened and only a select people knew... makes me wonder what REALLY goes on in this world, hu?
    • Indeed- I often find myself wondering what reaaaaally is going on under the surface. Is it all post-Newtonian down to the core? Or do Newton and his antecedents simply lay their own myth over a layer of other myth?
      Me, I'm agnostic because I think god is something we CANNOT understand: we can only hang masks on it and try to make sense of it by telling ourselves stories about the thing that's wearing the mask. But what wears the mask is far more than the mask. Not exactly in a Robert W. Chambers sort of sense but...
      Wow, now I'm creeping myself out at 9 AM! fabulous.
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