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Looking for a podcast on Japan's mysterious culture? Try listening to Thersa Matsuura's Uncanny Japan Podcast and experience all that is weird about Japan—strange superstitions, folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks—and not found anywhere else! Show notes and transcripts available at uncannyjapan.com
 
What is Family Folktales? Think of it as story time on demand. Whether you're running errands, trying to make dinner, or getting little someones ready for bed, you can listen to a story or two. The stories may be new to you or old favorites. They may even be different, possibly gorier, versions of those stories you now share with your children. Listen, wherever you get podcasts.
 
African Folktales with Miss Jo Jo is a Webby Award-winning children's podcast of diverse short stories originating in Africa, originally passed down through generations by word of mouth. These traditional tales told with a new twist, are not only entertaining but serve to teach a lesson as well. Sometimes of a moral value and other times of survival. Tune in and share with a friend.
 
Stories are a big part of the African culture and growing up in the city of Port-Harcourt, these stories shaped my childhood. Times are different now and these bedtime stories which were passed down through generations are not as popular with children as they once were. This podcast aims to bring these stories to the new generation of African children and introduce everyone else to these wonderful stories from the motherland. The lessons and values learnt from these will never be forgotten. ...
 
Join the community of kids, parents, teachers and librarians who love to listen to dynamic children's stories from around the world in this weekly fantastical funcast! Immerse in the ancient art of storytelling accompanied by an array of instruments, sound effects, music and song. Support the show at Patreon (https://patreon.com/thelibraryfairy), to help keep the podcast free and accessible to directly promote literacy, language and cognitive skills in children. Thank you!
 
Fireside Folktales is a collaborative show that takes myths and legends from around the world and breathes life back into them, transforming them into single-season audio fiction performances. Each story is created by a different writer. Do you have a story that you want to tell? Get in touch with us! We’re looking for stories from all over the world, especially myths from regions such as Africa, South Asia, Scandinavia, Russia, South America, and more! Fireside Folktales is here to help you ...
 
This show was created to introduce the listener to folktales, myths and legends. The story will be told and the lessons will be extracted and discussed. A poetic license has been taken with each story and some will be told in an adult fashion (for those I will post adult content),so be ready to be shocked, and entertained. We are in a new time and although the wisdom is good I have adjusted some of the stories to fit the time. Here is a link to a worksheet to help you define the tales for yo ...
 
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This is a tribal story from Nagaland, India, highlighting the close relationship between man, god, and religion. It is a story of three brothers, Man, Cosmic spirit, and Tiger, and their right on nature and the Earth. Nagas revere tigers and leopards a lot and ultimately trace the ancestry of their own culture to a single man and a single tiger, wi…
 
Speculative fiction writer, long-term resident of Japan and Bram Stoker Award finalist Thersa Matsuura explores all that is weird from old Japan—strange superstitions, folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures she digs up while doing research for her writing. Support us on Patron: https://www.patreon.…
 
Today our magic jeep arrives in a place where a bat is going on a journey to visit his father-in-law, but he needs help to carry all of his things. The mother sheep agrees to let her young lamb journey with the bat, but the bat isn’t too kind to his young companion. The mother lamb seeks the advice of the tortoise, and the tortoise decides to teach…
 
Today's story takes us back to Zambia and is from the Baila people. This story is about the first murder and also tells about the curse placed on humans to continue killing each other. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Want to support the podcast? You can buy me a coffee at https://www.b…
 
Welcome to The Arabian Nights Entertainments! This is the fifth of 16 parts that make up Andrew Lang’s The Arabian Nights Entertainments. In this series, you’ll hear some familiar stories, some new stories, and even stories within stories.Here we will learn about the first three voyages of Sindbad, as he goes off to make his fortune.…
 
Today I'll tell you part 2 of the Sakuragaike Legend (and nanafushigi!) What was waiting at the bottom of the lake? Why was the snake-dragon suffering and how did his old follower help him? Where is Kouen Ajari The Snake-Dragon now? Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other show is The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books includin…
 
Today’s story is a Hungarian folktale, Szusza. It’s a very cruel story with undertones of mental disability, domestic violence, and abuse, but somehow as a silly narrative. The narrative is about the “poor” husband who has to deal with his good for nothing wife, Szusza, who just can't do anything right and keeps making mistakes in everyday tasks an…
 
Today's story is a Togolese one that touches on themes of Jealousy, Love and selflessness. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Places to read: African folktales by Ceni, A; Chiuppi, Lorena Want to support the podcast? You can buy me a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/storiesmthrtold …
 
Today our magic jeep takes us to a place where there isn’t much food for everyone. The tortoise sees that their friend, the dog, is very well fed. The tortoise asks the dog’s secret source of food but the dog does not share his secret. One day, the tortoise follows the dog and finds out the secret of the dog and the farmer’s harvest. Will the torto…
 
How does an Eskimo boy fit back into his family's igloo, after eating a most unusual lunch? Find out by listening to The Library Fairy tell this entertaining Eskimo folktale with music, narration, song and memorable characters. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thelibraryfairy)Av The Library Fairy
 
This Thanksgiving episode covers the story of a young Native Powhatan, Pocahontas and the arrival of English colonizers from the Virginia Company. Although the story romanticizes Pocahontas' encounter with John Smith and her legendary saving of his life, the true story of Pocahontas is tragic and dark. This story has historical inaccuracies and rac…
 
Today our magic jeep brings to a princess who is due to be married. The only problem is that she has fallen in love with two strong men. One of them is called Fire and the other is called Rain. Both men must pull out all the stops to win the princess’s heart. Who will win the contest between Fire and Rain? Support for African Folktales with Miss Jo…
 
The story is set in feudal Japan around the year 1300, called, Tokoyo, the Samurai’s Daughter. It is a story of danger, love, sacrifice, and adventure in the Oki Islands. Tokoyo is an indefatigable, unstoppable force of justice. A loving and brave daughter sets on an adventure and puts her life in danger to save her father and while doing that save…
 
The story goes that a large snake-dragon lives at the bottom of Sakuragaike Lake. It's waiting. But where did this snake-dragon come from, and who is it waiting for? I'll tell you about this still obscure myth -- and nanafushigi -- in this episode of Uncanny Japan. Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other show is The Soothing Stories Podc…
 
Today's story is one that follows the wicked Shark and clever Monkey. It shows that we should never judge anyone by their looks, beautiful people can do horrible things. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Places to read: East African folktales : from the voice of Mukamba by Kĩtukũ, Vinc…
 
Today our magic jeep takes us to where a tortoise finds a big egg on her travels. She wants to bake her a cake using the eggs but she has no way to do so. She decides to promise a nearby family to bake them the cake if they provide the tools and ingredients, but later on, the tortoise runs away with the cake. When the tortoise finds the leopard’s h…
 
Find out how what happens when Jack and a tribe of animals take a journey to find their fortune and come across a few bumbling robbers. The Library Fairy tells this entertaining folktale with music, narration, song and memorable characters. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thelibraryfairy)Av The Library Fairy
 
This week’s story is a Japanese fairy tale called Shippeitaro. The story begins by introducing us to a young samurai warrior, Chõshirõ, who has wealth, good looks, healthy parents, peaceful life, but missing is the adventure. His machismo seeks adventure and he finds himself saving a girl from sacrifice. The story has some anti-cat rhetoric thrown …
 
Welcome to The Arabian Nights Entertainments! This is the fourth of 16 parts that make up Andrew Lang’s The Arabian Nights Entertainments. In this series, you’ll hear some familiar stories, some new stories, and even stories within stories.Today we will hear the rest of the Second Dervish’s Story, including a story he told; we will also hear the St…
 
Today's story is from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. This is an origin story on how Yorubaland came to be. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Places to read: African myths by Husain, Shahrukh Want to support the podcast? You can buy me a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/storiesmthrto…
 
Today our magic jeep brings us to where a goat is traveling with her daughter. But as they travel there are many dangers. Other animals want to eat them. The goat decides to teach her daughter a nice trick to scare away the wicked predators. Come and let me tell you how the goat and her daughter ended up living safely together! Support for African …
 
Diwali is one of India's biggest festivals and most important holidays of the year. Mythology and folklore go hand in hand and we often find different versions of mythological legends behind Diwali woven into the folklore. This is a story from the Hindu epic, Ramayan. The story has king, queen, getting exiled, a great battle between two mighty armi…
 
Today's story takes us back to the Ashanti tribe in Ghana. In this story we follow Anansi whose greed is discovered by his family. We also see how they decided to teach him a lesson. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Want to support the podcast? You can buy me a coffee at https://www.buy…
 
Today's story is from the Maasai tribe of Kenya. It shows how bravery can come from the most unlikely places I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Want to support the podcast? You can buy me a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/storiesmthrtold Instagram: @storiesmothertold Black History …
 
Kokkuri or Kokkuri-san is the name for the Japanese ouija or spirit board. It's also the name for the spirit who visits during the game. For Halloween, Richard and I decided to try our hand at this super creepy pastime and you'll never believe what happens. Headphones on and buckle up! Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other show is The …
 
Today our magic jeep takes us to a place where a chief loves him some good stories. Just like you! But this chief issues a challenge for someone to tell him the longest story ever. Nobody thinks this is possible, until a young storyteller named Mo shows up. Does Mo really know the longest story in the world? Let me share this story with you, I prom…
 
What happens when a clever baby meets a ghost face to face? Find out by listening to The Library Fairy tell this entertaining, kid-friendly Halloween folktale with music, narration, song and memorable characters. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thelibraryfairy)Av The Library Fairy
 
The traditions of Halloween originate from a blend of Samhain, the Celtic celebration marking the end of the summer harvest, and Christian traditions honoring saints and martyrs. Today, one of our most popular Halloween customs is pumpkin carving. This too has been around for many centuries, except that in Ireland, they used turnips and rutabagas. …
 
Welcome to The Arabian Nights Entertainments! This is the third of 16 parts that make up Andrew Lang’s The Arabian Nights Entertainments. In this series, you’ll hear some familiar stories, some new stories, and even stories within stories.Today we will begin to hear about an unusual dinner party in The Story of the Three Dervishes, Sons of Kings, a…
 
Today our magic jeep takes where a farmer named Musa and his wife have just had a cute baby boy. Musa must feed his wife to keep her strong and healthy, but on his way home from buying their favorite meal, Musa is chased by hyenas. Musa must offer them the food he bought so they will leave him alone, but what will he cook for his wife now? Let me t…
 
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