Book Review

In Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows, by Ryan Calejo, Charlie, soon after his parent’s mysterious disappearance, grows a pair of horns. Real, honest-to-goodness horns. Along with a map from his mother’s locket, he and Violet, a girl from school he has been crushing on for years, attempt to find out what is going on. As they encounter legends from Spanish mythology, many questions are raised, and the League of Shadows, a collection of the most powerful legends from Spanish mythology, may be able to answer them.

        I love books based on mythology, and Spanish mythology isn’t one I have done any research on, I only knew some basic facts, so it was interesting to see this mythology, which was a really good one. This book was suggested to me by a friend, who also enjoyed it. Overall, a relatable main character, (except for the myth parts). He goes through school problems all of us have gone through at some point, so each individual reader can connect to him in a different way.

         Anybody into mythology would love this book because it explores Spanish mythology, a mythology not a lot of people in the world know a lot about. Especially for Rick Riordan fans, this book is really similar to the Percy Jackson series.

Celtic Mythology 2

Hi! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. I didn’t think I put enough info on the last post about Celtic mythology, so I decided to make a Celtic Mythology 2 post. So let’s get started! (By the way, the picture above is the Dagda.)

The Dagda was the king of the Celtic pantheon and often pictured with his magical staff, which could change into a club for fights. He is pictured as a tall man or giant wearing a hooded cloak and holding his magical staff (or club, whatever you want to call the thing he carries around with him when he is charging into battles or merely casting a spell, being the god of magic as well as the god of life and death, the god of the seasons and crops as well as the god of time and agriculture, and let’s not forget strength. He was a god of many things.)

He was married to Morrigan, Boand, Cirr, and many others. His children include Brigit, the goddess of the fire of  inspiration, the fire of the hearth, and the fire of the forge. However, she is only one of the Dagda’s many children.

His mother was named Elatha. The Dagda’s father is not known. Many think his father was some stray passing mortal who fell in love with Elatha then abandoned her after he learned who she was. Either way, the Dagda grew up without his father and just his mother and his brothers Nuada and Ogma.

Some people think that Nuada and Ogma were part of the Dagda. He was believed to be a triple deity, an immortal being that has three different aspects that are divided up. Still others believe that Nuada and Ogma were simply that: his brothers. They believed that they shared the same mother, nothing else.

The Dagda was a noble figure, carrying a harp, his magical cauldron and staff, striding across mountains. The Dagda is the king of the Celtic pantheon.

Well, that ends my post. See you next time on the blog! I can’t wait! Bye! The Dagda in war form

 

Celtic Mythology

Hi! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. Today I’m doing a post on Celtic mythology, as you can tell by the title, and it’s a new topic for me so let’s get started! Here is a list of Celtic gods that were very common beliefs back then.

CELTIC  DEITIES

Morrigan:

The Celtic goddess of war, she is often paired with Dagda, “The Good God”, father of Brigit and Danu, and technically god of creation. She often takes the form of a crow or raven and is able to predict the outcome of a battle and aid who she chooses in war. She was the one who offered immortality to Cuchulainn, the great hero. He was pretty much the Celtic version of Hercules.

Morrigan

Brigit

Brigit is the goddess of the Fire of Inspiration and the Fire of the Hearth, as well the Fire of the Forge. She keeps the flames of the earth protected. She is not the queen of the Celtic pantheon, but she is still one of the most important and prominent goddesses of the Celtic pantheon. Her father is Dagda. Her mother is mainly known as the Morrigan (see above) and she is married to Bres. They had a son named Ruadán together – who died after he is slain fighting for the Fomorians. She is also thought to be a continuation of the Indo-European dawn goddess. Brigit is mainly connected with the spring season, fertility, healing, poetry, and smithcraft. Some books state that Brigit was the goddess whom poets adored.

Some say she had two sisters- Brigit the healer, and Brigit the Smith. This might mean that she may have been a triple deity. Saint Brigit shares many of the goddess Brigit’s features. Her feast day, on February 1st, was   a festival marking the beginning of spring. Some people suggest that Saint Brigit is merely just a Christianization of the goddess Brigit.

Her name means exalted one, meaning she was one of the most important goddess an of high importance.

Hawaiian Mythology

Hi! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. Okay, let’s get started. Hawaiian mythology is kind of complicated, so I’ll just start with the basics.

The god of creation, Kāne, threw a calabash (large pot for holding water or food for cooking) into the air. The top fell off and became a curved bowl, also known as the sky. Two large pieces fell off and one became the sun, the other one the moon. The rest of the calabash became the Earth and fell back into the sea. Kāne then enlisted the rest of the gods help in creating Red Earth Man, the first shadow. Eventually though, he grew lonely and the gods didn’t want to see him like that, so they made him into a a living, breathing human.

Another version of the story of creation is that there was only Po, the great black chaos that never ended. Kāne, feeling himself slip away of Po’s clutches, managed to free himself. Seeing their brother free, Lono (the god of the heavens) and Kū (the god of war) also escaped through the gap their brother had made and freed themselves as well. The three, or union, of gods created the rest of the powerful gods and made the earth for their footstool. They also created several lesser gods to be their servants and work for them. Some of the powerful gods that Kāne, Lono, and Kū created include Pēle, the goddess of fire and volcanoes, Hi’iaka, the goddess of lightning (and Pēle’s little sister!),  Papa, the goddess of nature, and Kamapua’a, the god of boars and pigs, who is also Pēle’s husband. Another of the really prominent gods is Kanaloa, the god of the sea. After all, Hawaiians do live on an island!

Well, that will end my post. See you next time! Bye!

Egypt’s History

Hi! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. Today’s post is about Egypt’s history, as you can tell by reading the title.  So, let me tell you the the story of the Egyptian gods.

There was once a god named Ra and his eternal enemy, Apophis, who was literally made of pure evil. Ra, on the other hand, was the picture of goodness and light. (Literally. Ra was the god of the sun, so kind of like Apollo from Greek mythology, but Ra is the king of the Egyptian gods, so not like Apollo and more like Zeus in this case.) Every night, as the sun set, Ra would battle Apophis, and emerging triumphant every time, start his journey through the twelve houses of night, battling monsters all the way. As you might of guessed, the twelve houses of night match the twelve hours of night, so you can only pass through if  the hour of night matches the Houses of Night. The Houses of Night are located in the Duat, which is pretty much just a whole lot of never ending layers hidden under the surface of the world.

       Anyway, eventually some other gods started popping up in history right about this period. Ra made Bastet, (But everyone calls her Bast),the cat goddess, his top lieutenant and ever since then, she is fiercely protective and loyal, like all cats are, to her master. Set, the god of evil, was also mentioned right about here, and being the god of evil, joined up with Apophis in the war against goodness and light. The war is eternal and never ending, but the gods will live and survive.

      Well that ends my post! Bye!

Greek myths

Hello! Today we are doing something different. Instead of learning about gods, we are learning about other myths. This post is is going to be about Greek myths.

Cyclopes are basically giants, but they only have one eye instead of two eyes like a normal person would have in their head. If you have every read or watched the movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters, you would know that all Cyclopes are is descendants of Poseidon, the sea god, and a sea nymph, but I forget her name. You would also know that Percy Jackson has brother named Tyson, who is a Cyclopes as well. In the book (and movie), Polyphemus is mentioned. Also widely known for being one of the stops for someone from the Trojan War. But I will not go into details right now. Anyway, he was practically blinded by this person, who I know is male but I forget his name. Polyphemus is one of a couple Cyclopes who many people knew, back when the Ancient Greeks who invented them were alive, and who have their own myths.

The Trojan War is pretty simple, except I am absolutely not sure whether it is made up or not because it started with a goddess competition, but goddesses are not real, so that just may be an excuse for the real reason of the war. It is one of Greek’s many mythology mysteries that I really want to solve. The goddess competition was for who was the fairest goddess of them all. The three competitors were Hera, goddess of marriage and childbirth as well as queen of the gods and Zeus’s wife, Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.

Well, that ends my post. See you on my blog next time!

 

 

Egypt and its Myths

Hello! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. Today’s post is about Ancient Egyptian myths.

Ancient Egypt invented its own language, which is of course called Ancient Egyptian. For writing, Ancient Egyptian people came up with hieroglyphs, which are strange symbols for each word. The Ancient Egyptians did not write very much, but they did have very complicated myths and legends to explain things about the way the world was built and structured.

In their thoughts, Ra was the king of the Egyptian gods. He was the god of the sun and eternal enemy of Apophis, the Chaos snake. Ra is was also leader of Ma’at, also known as order.

Isis is the goddess of magic and she is the wife of Osiris, who became king of the gods after Ra retired. She is also the mother of Horus, who is also known as Horus the Avenger. He became king of the gods after Osiris.

Other better known gods include Babi, the baboon god, Neith, the goddess of hunting, Bes, the god of dwarfs, Tawaret, the goddess of childbirth and hippos, Bast, (she is my favorite Ancient Egyptian goddess), the goddess of cats and Ra’s most faithful bodyguard and lieutenant, Anubis, god of death, and Hapi, (I know, it sounds like happy, so he is always happy), the god of the Nile. Hapi is a giant among giants. He is absolutely gigantic.

Apophis is called the Chaos snake for a reason. He and Ra battled each night as Ra passed through the Twelve Houses of Night in the Duat. The Duat is basically just a sea under our world, with gazillions of never ending layers you can travel through if you are brave enough to dare to try.

There is also a Underworld, where the dead live in homes. In the court of the Underworld, Ammit the Devourer eats the hearts of people who have done too much bad in their lives to pass on to the Underworld.

Well, that is the end of today’s post. See you later! Bye!

 

 

 

Norse Myths and other awesome things

Hi! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology.

As I told you in the last post, today’s post is about Norse mythology. Norse is not one of my favorite mythology’s, but it is pretty good to study. Really complicated, but I think you could get it.

Anyway, back to the post topic. Basically, the Norse believed that there was three brothers, a giant named Ymir, and a big battle. Eventually the brothers won.

Two brothers died, or went away, but anyway, Odin, the remaining brother, tore up the giant (I know, it sounds gross) and moulded the earth out of Ymir’s flesh, made rivers, lakes, seas, and oceans out of Ymir’s blood, and a tree grew and flourished.

The tree was called the World Tree, and had nine levels, or worlds. The level that Odin founded the Norse gods was called Asgard. He took the lovely Frigg as his wife and settled down to have a family. Little did he know what awaited him.

He became the king of the Norse gods. The more well known gods include Freya, the most beautiful of the goddesses, and her brother Frey.

Njord is the god of the sea and is married to a giantess who’s name I can not remember.

There is, also, of course, Thor, who is the god of thunder and is one of Odin’s sons, which kind of makes Thor a prince.

There is also Loki, the god of trickery, who is kind of like Mercury or Hermes, but Loki’s tricks are much worse. Once, he chopped off Sif’s hair. Since Sif is basically the goddess of spring, her hair keeps the crops in Midgard (the human world) healthy, so there was a huge shortage of food.

Sif is also Thor’s wife, so he was really mad over Sif’s hair. Loki had to make the dwarves agree to make a replacement hair piece for Sif, which is really difficult because dwarves are so grumpy. Anyway, he got the hair, but his head got put on the line (as they say)because of some deal he did. So the answer is, never mess with Loki and absolutely never ever wish to be him.

I hope you enjoyed the post! I am not sure yet what the next post is going to be, but I think I will do one on Egyptian mythology or one just on Roman mythology. Bye! Can’t wait till next time!

Comparison of Greek and Roman gods

 

Hi! Todays post is about Greek and Roman gods. When the Romans took over Greece, they adopted the Greek beliefs, but changed the names of some of the gods. Here is a list of the gods and their different names.

GREEK then ROMAN

–  Zeus = Jupiter

– Hera = Juno

– Athena = Minerva

– Apollo = Apollo

– Artemis = Diana

– Hephaestus = Vulcan

– Ares = Mars

– Demeter = Ceres

– Poseidon = Neptune

– Hades = Pluto

– Persephone = Proserpina

– Hermes = Mercury

Now that I have told you about some of the gods and their different names and historys, I want you to remember that they keep most of their personalities and traits. They also keep many of their arguments and titles.

For example, Zeus, the king of the gods, when he is turned into Jupiter, he is still king of the gods and ruler of the heavens.

You also might have noticed Apollo keeps his name. That is because the Romans decided to keep his name. That is one of the biggest reasons that we can connect Roman and Greek mythology together. There are many other less obvious clues, but we won’t talk about them today.

The next post will probably be about Norse mythology, which I’m super excited about. Can’t wait to see you next post! Bye!

The Olympian Council and other well-known Gods and Goddesses

Hello! Welcome back to Mismatched Mythology! Today I am going to introduce you to some the most respected gods and goddesses. The Olympian Council is some of the most powerful and important gods and goddess. They rule over Mount Olympus, which is where they live.

On the Olympian Council is Zeus, king of the gods and ruler of the heavens. He rules with his sister and wife, Hera, goddess of marriage, birth, women, and family. Zeus, along with his brothers, Poseidon (god of the sea) and Hades (god of the underworld), make up the Big Three.         Demeter (goddess of the harvest), Hera, and Hestia (goddess of the hearth and home) make up the girl Big Three.  Those are the six children of Cronus and Rhea, the king and queen of the Titans.

        They make up part of the Olympian Council. The rest of the Council is made up by Apollo, the god of poetry, healing, archery, and the sun, Artemis, the goddess of the moon and the hunt, Persephone, goddess of spring and queen of the underworld, along with Ares, god of war, Dionysus, god of wine and revelry, Hermes, god of travelers and thieves, Athena, goddess of war and wisdom, and Hephaestus, god of craftsmanship and fire.