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It's Warping Time: The Táin Bó Cúailnge

May 17, 2021 Jennifer Fain and Paige Downey Season 3 Episode 10
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It's Warping Time: The Táin Bó Cúailnge
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Paige finally gets her chance to make everyone listen to a story from Irish Mythology. Tune in to hear about an Irish epic centered around a cattle raid and a protagonist with the weirdest superpower.

Mythology & Folklore: Irish

  • Most of this came from the preface of the Tain
  • Wikipedia got Paige through the info on the Morrigan and Lugh

Paige Presents Fun with Comics: Get real bookish and check out The Reference Desk podcast, hosted by two librarians and discussing the topics that fascinate them the most.

The Táin, translated by Thomas Kinsella

Creative’s Corner: This week, Jennifer is recommending another webtoon, Unholy Blood. Recommended if you’re into vampires, action, gorgeous art, or badass kween protagonists.

Discussion Questions

  • Tale Foundry suggests that one of the reasons that Irish mythology isn’t as popular, and also is an excellent choice for writers, is because there are a lot of holes in the myths. It isn’t as tightly constructed as say Norse Mythology or Greek Mythology. What do you think about this?
  • Cuchulainn is used as a propaganda tool by Northern Ireland. What do you think about harkening back to a glorified past based on mythology?

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Mythology: Irish
Paige Presents Fun with Comics
Summary: The Tain
Creative's Corner
Discussion