Mythical Monsters
Mythical Monsters
Parcast Network
The great heroes of myth are known throughout the world. Their deeds are legendary. But what would these champions be without obstacles in their path? Without monsters to challenge them… Dragons, sea serpents, giants, demons...they aren't merely foils to the hero. They are primal symbols reflecting ancient truths. The new Parcast original, Mythical Monsters, tells the stories of these beasts and asks what they represent to mankind. New episodes released every Monday.
Jörmungandr
Colossal fangs filled with venom. A body so large it encircles the world. Jörmungandr is the sea serpent middle child of Loki and Angrboda, and a Norse monster so menacing, his mere existence is a threat to humanity.
Nov 30
48 min
Unexplained Mysteries Crossover: The Bunny Man
Today we’re bringing you a special episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Unexplained Mysteries on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!  Not all monsters originate from myths… The mysterious Bunny Man was said to run amok in the forests of Fairfax County, Virginia, eating live rabbits and displaying their corpses on an overpass known as Bunny Man Bridge.
Nov 23
43 min
Dictators: The Rise & Fall of a Roman Emperor
They’re natural-born leaders, hungry for absolute power. Every week on Dictators, delve into the minds and motives of history’s most infamous rulers — people who rose through the ranks toward radicalism, eliminating anyone who stood in their way. This week, track the rise and fall of Nero, an emperor who led Rome to destruction. Hear a clip from Part 1 here, then head to Dictators for the rest of the episode. Dictators is free to listen on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Nov 17
13 min
Fenrir
The gods of Asgard use deception and wiles to betray the fearsome Fenrir, courting their own doom even as they make the giant wolf their prisoner.
Nov 16
49 min
Phoenix
Reborn again and again from ashes, with brilliant red and gold feathers and wisdom to dispense, the phoenix is a guide through the ages. And when a young apprentice spies the magnificent bird in a forbidden temple, he undergoes a reinvention of his own.
Nov 9
47 min
Satyr
From ancient Greece comes a mischievous hybrid of human and animal, with a penchant for parties and wine. The satyr is often used as comedic relief in myths… but its lecherous behavior also acts as a warning against unbound inhibitions.
Nov 2
44 min
Vampires
In the 1700s, a Serbian soldier encountered a bloated corpse with a hunger for human flesh, known as a Vrykolakas. But when he tried to break the creature’s power over him, he created a monster even more terrifying.
Oct 26
47 min
Werewolf
The Wolfman is more than just a Universal Monster — it’s a representation of man's capacity for evil. Today's story retells one of the original werewolf stories from Norse mythology's The Saga of the Volsungs.
Oct 19
47 min
Cerberus
When the demi-god Heracles is tasked with defeating the three-headed guard dog of Hades, we see what happens when the world’s greatest hero meets the underworld’s greatest monster.
Oct 12
49 min
Zombies
Their ubiquity in pop culture suggests zombies are a recent creation, but the ideas animating these cannibalistic cadavers originated in a 16th century French colony. Enslaved Africans conceived of a soul in unrest, occupying the ether. In Western culture, zombies transformed into flesh-eating ghouls.
Oct 5
49 min
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