Multicultural Monsters and Myths of the World

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When I write fantasy, I tend to use mythology and monsters from around the world. Though there are resources I specifically use for writing about fairies or monsters which are referred to in previous posts, I might focus on a specific culture in a manuscript. For example, in my futuristic Aztec story, Thinking Outside the Flock, I did research about Mayan and Aztec language, names, animals and beliefs. When I did research for my Egyptian science fiction story, The Osiris Paradox (published in Sword and Laser) about a princess travelling through space to beseech help from her gods, I needed to do a lot of research for the religion and culture of Ancient Egypt. When I wrote the Golden Lilies, I needed to focus on Chinese culture and values. For Silent Moon, I envisioned the clan of werewolves to be living in a Scottish-like region several hundred years behind in lifestyle to the “city folk.” Not only did I need to research Scottish dress and language but also I needed to research the life in the Middle Ages. “And I dinnae ken when to begin,” as the characters would say with their Scottish dialect.

The thing is, I love research when it comes to anthropology, mythology and ancient religions. Doing research is as much pleasure as the writing. I love history, art history and there was a time I thought I would become an anthropologist in college. Below are some of the resources I have used for various stories.

 

Multicultural Monsters

 

Rare World Monsters

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/10/rare-mythical-monsters-around-world/

 

North American Monsters

http://mentalfloss.com/article/12903/10-legendary-monsters-north-america-part-one

 

Modern Monster Mythology

I have a feeling more modern monsters are going to make it into my Wrath of the Tooth Fairy series and other stories as a result of this website.

http://www.theactivetimes.com/12-monsters-around-world?utm_source=huffington%2Bpost&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=monster

 

Asia

 

Chinese Gods

http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/chinese-mythology.php

 

Ancient Egyptian Resources

 

Quotes from the Egyptian Book of the Dead

https://www.tumblr.com/search/ancient%20egyptian%20book%20of%20the%20dead

 

Christianity

 

Mythology: Christ-like Gods

http://listverse.com/2009/04/13/10-christ-like-figures-who-pre-date-jesus/

 

Bible Quotes About Immortality

http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Immortality,-In-Nt

 

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