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Five Minute Folklore

Every episode focuses on a different famous mythological figure. Through atmospheric story-telling we learn the condensed origins of folklore tales from all over the world, and also take a look at varying interpretations, cultural differences, and how the stories have influenced other media. HostedRead more

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#34 - Finale.

Aug 4 • 40:26

This is the end. Thanks for listening! ...

#33 - Adze: Vampires of Africa

Aug 13 • 17:30

Folklore from West Africa, specifically the areas of Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin, that originate from the Ewe, Akan, Ashanti and Dahomey people....

#32 - Strigoi: Vampires of Europe

Jun 12 • 32:27

Folklore from Eastern Europe, specifically Romania and Croatia....

#31 - Curupira & Boto Encantos

May 1 • 18:59

#30 - Sedna & Qivittoq

Oct 12 • 19:51

#29 - NyamiNyami

Jan 8 • 13:59

The episode is all about the snake spirit river God; NyamiNyami, who lives within the waters of the Zambezi river, that runs between the African countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The story on this one is a retelling of actual events that occurred around the construction of the Kariba Dam in the 1950s....

#28 - La Befana

Dec 20 • 15:39

This festive episode of Five Minute Folklore takes a look at La Befana - the Christmas witch of Italy, who visits children to delivery gifts of the eve of Epiphany. There are many similarities between her and the more modern Santa Claus, although she is much more closely tied to the traditional Christian Christmas story....

#27 - Fatma Al Samha & Fatoom: Daughter of Beggars

Dec 6 • 24:06

This episode features two stories; both longer than usual, from two different African countries - Sudan and Libya. The Sudanese story of Fatma Al Samha, or Fatma The Beautiful if one of the most well known folklores in the ahaji style, and the story of Fatoom is a very strange Libyan tale that I have barely any information on. ...

#26 - Vila

Nov 22 • 29:40

Slavic folklore originating in Serbia, but told over many European countries, Vila are nature spirits that are also fearsome warriors, and mesmerising dancers. Otherwise known as Wilis, they are also the inspiration for the ballet Giselle, and the Veela from the Harry Potter series....

#25 - Pasancana & El Familiar

Nov 8 • 18:11

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