Sunday, March 13, 2011

#mythbeasts transcript 03/08/2011

@leapetra It's 6:30 EST. Time for the 1st official chat. #mythbeasts -6:30 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra For International Women's day, I thought it would interesting to talk about the female monsters that are in folklore and myths. #mythbeasts -6:31 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 RT @leapetra: It's 6:30 EST. Time for the 1st official chat. #mythbeasts -6:31 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra Medusa would be a good one to start with. We all should be familiar with her #mythbeasts -6:32 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 Medusa is my favorite. I think every woman can relate to her. Bad hair day and all. ;) #mythbeasts -6:34 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris @leapetra ok so this is the first chat I've actively tried to follow is there anything special I should do? #mythbeasts -6:34 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @BookLover73 The worse hair day #mythbeasts -6:34 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @leapetra i love the notion of medusa actually #mythbeasts -6:34 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Pyris make sure you use the hashtag. or your comments might get lost. #mythbeasts -6:34 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 Seriously, she was the one violated and she was the one punished! #mythbeasts -6:35 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @theapatra what do you love about her? #mythbeasts -6:35 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @leapetra not sure. i think that her power was in her hair...kinda like samson #mythbeasts -6:36 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @BookLover73 A lot of the monsters I mentioned, follow the same path as Medusa. Their forms are punishment #mythbeasts -6:36 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @theapatra Interesting point. #mythbeasts -6:37 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @leapetra i just always liked the idea of snakes coming from her head. never knew why. i'm not scared of snakes, so maybe that's #mythbeasts -6:38 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra My first introduction to her was Clash of the Titans (original) I remember being scared and sad she died #mythbeasts -6:40 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris I have always strongly identified with Medusa, as a scorned and punished woman that retains so much power she is feared. #mythbeasts -6:40 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra In Japan there is the Harionago a woman with barbs in her hair. She will attack young men and rip them apart. #mythbeasts -6:41 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @leapetra wow. love that one #mythbeasts -6:42 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra I couldn't find her background story. But another one with horrible hair. #mythbeasts -6:42 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 @theapatra She was a priestess to Athena, I think. Posideon violated her. That's when she was turned as punishment. #Mythbeasts -6:42 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@ObsidianMiss @leapetra but the Harionago won't attack without provocation #mythbeasts -6:43 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris Nods @leapetra, same here although I was sad and sympathetic rather than scared. #mythbeasts -6:43 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @BookLover73 oh. i had no idea. thanks for the info #Mythbeasts -6:43 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 @theapatra She and her sisters, actually. They were all turned into Gorgons. #mythbeasts -6:43 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @ObsidianMiss But she does try to trick men. she works as a warning to young men? #mythbeasts -6:44 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris Saw you mention the Harionago a couple days ago and wondered if that myth inspired the porcupine woman from Nightbreed #mythbeasts -6:44 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Pyris I wonder, or could that have been a Native American myth? i will have to look into it #mythbeasts -6:46 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 Not up on the Harionago. What is she about? #mythbeasts -6:46 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 Ooops, didn't see previous tweet. :) #mythbeasts -6:47 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra japan has another woman, disfigured, The Slit-Mouth woman. unlike the rest, she has caused panics up until 1970's #mythbeasts -6:49 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra The Slit-Mouth woman covers her mouth, asks if she is pretty, if you say "yes" she will reveal her ripped face #mythbeasts -6:50 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris Taking Medusa and the Harionago both, the focus seems to be on hair with is often seen as a sign of power, virility and beauty #mythbeasts -6:50 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @leapetra wow. way cool #mythbeasts -6:51 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Pyris a response in my blog said it was that hair was the crowing jewel of a woman #mythbeasts -6:51 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Miniatt So, who else thinks Hollywood is out of ideas when it comes to mythical beasts, male of female. #mythbeasts -6:53 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @leapetra i'm sorry. i can't get past the slit mouth woman. that's just ... mind blowing. where did that one come from? #mythbeasts -6:53 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra All of them still retain their beauty. although in twisted forms. Why not make them totally monsterous #mythbeasts -6:53 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @leapetra great point. i know some vry beautiful women who are just evil #mythbeasts -6:54 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Miniatt they haven't touched all the cultures yet. #mythbeasts -6:54 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 How about the Banshee? #mythbeasts -6:54 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @leapetra or totally breathtaking and evil? #mythbeasts -6:54 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @BookLover73 another of my favs! #mythbeasts -6:54 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@tribal_gothic @BookLover73 I dated a Banshee once - or, at least she screamed like one ;) #mythbeasts -6:55 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @theapatra original story, was that she was disfigured by her samuri husband. #mythbeasts -6:55 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @BookLover73 the banshee another beautiful, but monstrous woman. yet she has a purpose too. #mythbeasts -6:56 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 I believe she had a comb of gold or silver continually combing her hair. #mythbeasts -6:56 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris ach now slit-mouth woman is clearly derogatory in a cautionary way like a lot of folklore/urban myth #mythbeasts -6:56 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris Don't be too vain little girl or this will happen to you, you will become such a thing #mythbeasts -6:56 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@TattooedWriter @leapetra because the contrast between their beauty and monstrous side is all that more compelling and horrifying #mythbeasts -6:56 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @leapetra i c. i imagine it's a metaphor for what comes out of a woman's mouth...seen and not heard sort of thing #mythbeasts -6:57 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Miniatt Didn't some one trick the husband into thinking his wife screwed around? #mythbeasts -6:57 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra @Pyris yes #mythbeasts -6:57 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@ObsidianMiss @BookLover73 the comb is a crossover between mermaids and banshees #mythbeasts -6:58 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Miniatt That is one of the stories, so she came back and demanded him to tell her she was beautful #mythbeasts -6:58 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Miniatt What was the motive for doing this? #mythbeasts -6:58 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @theapatra in the last panic, if you told her you were busy, she would apologize and move on. #mythbeasts -6:59 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 @ObsidianMiss Hmm, I can see that. All these women either have their power in their hair or their voice. #mythbeasts -6:59 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Miniatt revenge or punishment, seems to be the theme #mythbeasts -7:00 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Miniatt That one Russian woman tickles you to death. #mythbeasts -7:00 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Miniatt you beat me to it!!! Rusalka! #mythbeasts -7:01 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris There are all sorts of riffs off the Banshee. @ObsidianMiss dun forget Sirens #mythbeasts -7:01 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@ObsidianMiss @BookLover73 true a banshee is technically a fairy woman who fortells your death. I don't think she's a monster though #mythbeasts -7:01 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra Rusalkas live in the water and if they like a young man, they will (cough) "tickle him to death" #mythbeasts -7:02 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra  of all the ways these female monsters kill, tickling seems the least leathal #mythbeasts -7:03 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@ObsidianMiss @Pyris I haven't I just don't put them in the same category banshees warn of death sirens lure you to your death #mythbeasts -7:04 PM Mar 8th, 201
@BookLover73 @ObsidianMiss I think the Fae can be just as monstorous as any mythical creature out there. #mythbeasts -7:04 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Miniatt "Tickle" as a stand in for"f***"...interesting. #mythbeasts -7:04 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@theapatra don't forget the succubus #mythbeasts. I'm writing about one now -7:05 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra there is a sexual overtone with all of the monsters #mythbeasts -7:05 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris So we have revenge & punishment but what about justice oris there any way to 'redeem' these monsters? #mythbeasts -7:05 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@ObsidianMiss @BookLover73 very true but I think in terms of the other monsters we've seen where they kill you she seems friendly :) #mythbeasts -7:06 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Miniatt Many of them have passed on. So, I'm not sure. #mythbeasts -7:06 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris It depends on the type of banshee, there are at least two common origins for them drowning as mentioned or death in birthing #mythbeasts -7:06 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Pyris I can't think of any of them that could be redeemed, their monstrous form is forever. #mythbeasts -7:07 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Miniatt They appear as wraths, ghosts, and the like. #mythbeasts -7:07 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra Although some Rusalka will stop pestering men, if it is found they were killed, and the killer brought to justice, #mythbeasts -7:07 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra but nothing said if that will really put the Rusalka to rest. #mythbeasts -7:09 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra A final one, a real horrible one. is in their form because of the type of death. The Pontianak #mythbeasts -7:10 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra Pontianak have died in childbirth. They come back as a vampire like being that eats intestines #mythbeasts -7:11 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra The Pontianak did not do anything wrong, but are punished. #mythbeasts -7:13 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris Ew, what is the ethnic origin of the Pontianak? #mythbeasts -7:15 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Pyris Indonesia #mythbeasts -7:16 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra Wow the Pontianak brought everything to a stand still #mythbeasts -7:19 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 @leapetra Do their families have to do anything special to allow them to rest? #Mythbeasts -7:19 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris *scratches head* I would expect that the punishment of a Pontianak has to do with either a lack of fortitude or perhaps gluttony #mythbeasts -7:20 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @BookLover73 nothing is said in anything I read, but being a vampire, there are probably precautions. #mythbeasts -7:21 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris @booklover73 oh, that's a good point! maybe the woman did not do anything wrong but their family did? #mythbeasts -7:21 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Pyris Very good point #mythbeasts -7:22 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 @Pyris Curses often times can effect a whole family even a whole village. #mythbeasts -7:23 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Miniatt The Pontianak are associated with the aroma of the Plumeria. A Colorful flower with a milky poisonous sap. #mythbeasts -7:24 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Miniatt Sap that irritates the eyes and skin. #mythbeasts -7:26 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra So the Pontianak might be a caution against abandoning a woman during childbirth, like a scorned lover?? #mythbeasts -7:26 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra Times almost up. I hope the first chat went ok for everyone #mythbeasts -7:28 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra Next week, for St. Patricks Day. we will talk about Irish monsters. #mythbeasts -7:29 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris @leapetra I was already thinking of that and another legend, La Llorona http://ow.ly/4atK4 #mythbeasts -7:29 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@BookLover73 @leapetra I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot. :) #mythbeasts -7:30 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Pyris The weeping woman, I want to spend a day on her later. #mythbeasts -7:30 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @BookLover73 Great it was a lot of fun to host too #mythbeasts -7:30 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@Pyris Yay, Celtic monsters \o/ #mythbeasts -7:31 PM Mar 8th, 2011
@leapetra @Pyris And I am sure before next week I will have more than banshees and leprechauns to talk about. #mythbeasts -7:32 PM Mar 8th, 2011

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