Entries by Craig Chalquist

On the Mythuse of Mythic Symbols

On Saturday, August 12th, 2017, crowds of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia marched forth waving flags, banners, and signs bearing symbols out of ancient Germanic mythology.   One of the supremacists drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters and murdered 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer. Two state troopers also died when their helicopter crashed. Initial […]

Pulling Out the Devil’s Hairs

We’ve all heard the advice about facing our fears. What usually goes unanswered, though, is the question: How come I faced my fears and they’ve returned? They often do. A professor I know who has spoken to the United States Congress still gets anxious before starting a class. Remembering this makes me glad and grateful […]

Oonagh’s Insurgency

We live in times of peril. Brexit. Terrorism. Civil war in Syria. White supremacists now in charge in Washington, where global warming denial is set to become a national policy. What hints can folklore offer for meeting such a time? We tend to think that resistance to injustice must always be heroic. Certainly, heroic activism has protected what […]

Trickster Goes to Washington

Myths are to societies as dreams are to individuals: image-packed indicators of what’s really going on down deep inside. And because the same human dilemmas recur, the characters do too. Scratch the surface of a well-known person, place, or event, and you’ll often find a bit of myth hiding beneath it, and under that, a […]

Myth 101: Modern Myths?

In our first edition of Myth 101, a column dedicated to explaining mythological terms and concepts, Craig Chalquist addresses the question …  Are There Modern Myths? This is a contentious issue. Most folklorists would say no. A myth is an originally oral telling involving a traditional or sacred story handed down over many generations. As […]

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Quotations About Myth and Story

It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, […]

Myth, Legend, Folklore Defined

In many ways the history of these definitions has been a history of trying to ward off the numinous, life-changing power of the stories themselves. For instance, myth as a set of binary codes; as tribal “superstitions”; as blurred historic accounts of actual people (“euhemerism”); as enforced ideologies of gender or power; as anything less […]

What Use Is Mythology?

This question could only come up in a culture that has forgotten the value of sacred stories. A culture that insists its stories must always be testable, with measurable facts rather than instructive and colorful fictions, has gone dangerously far toward losing its imagination. In the movie Contact, scientist Elie Arroway implies that the planet […]