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Author Topic: General Feedback: Suggestion: Add a sub-forum for "Myths, Legends, and Folklore?"  (Read 465 times)

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Suggestion: Add a sub-forum for "Myths, Legends, and Folklore?"
« on: October 13, 2018, 06:34:52 pm »
Dear Randall & TC Staff,

I have posted several topics on this site that I don't feel fit well in any of the existing suib-forums, but which I DO feel are topical and relevant to the main thrust of TC, and thus not suitably "off-topic" either.

You see, I like to discuss matters which involve literal, supernatural, beings and events, but which do not involve A) Magic, sorcery, or witchcraft, B) Philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, nor C) Worship of God or deities.

I am taking about things which anthropologists would describe as "Myths, Legends, and Folklore." Stories that were believed to be literally true, from various cultures and religions, that involve beings such as Demons, Giants, Dragons, Elves, Dhjinn, Oni, Kami, and similar non-human actors.

These stories aren't fiction, at least not in the eyes of the people who wrote them, and nor are the beings therein. An example of a thread that I feel belongs in this category would be my recent "Giants?" thread.

Giants aren't Magic, they aren't Philosophy or Metaphysics, they (usually) aren't Gods, but they are a part of many religions, ranging from Taoism to Norse Paganism to Christianity.

Thank you for taking the time to read my suggestion! I hope you find that it has merit.

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Re: Suggestion: Add a sub-forum for "Myths, Legends, and Folklore?"
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2018, 08:31:14 pm »
Dear Randall & TC Staff,

I have posted several topics on this site that I don't feel fit well in any of the existing suib-forums, but which I DO feel are topical and relevant to the main thrust of TC, and thus not suitably "off-topic" either.

You see, I like to discuss matters which involve literal, supernatural, beings and events, but which do not involve A) Magic, sorcery, or witchcraft, B) Philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, nor C) Worship of God or deities.

I am taking about things which anthropologists would describe as "Myths, Legends, and Folklore." Stories that were believed to be literally true, from various cultures and religions, that involve beings such as Demons, Giants, Dragons, Elves, Dhjinn, Oni, Kami, and similar non-human actors.

These stories aren't fiction, at least not in the eyes of the people who wrote them, and nor are the beings therein. An example of a thread that I feel belongs in this category would be my recent "Giants?" thread.

Giants aren't Magic, they aren't Philosophy or Metaphysics, they (usually) aren't Gods, but they are a part of many religions, ranging from Taoism to Norse Paganism to Christianity.

Thank you for taking the time to read my suggestion! I hope you find that it has merit.

Sincerely,
EDF

I would be extremely interesting in this subforum if it was set up, but it would be good to broaden it a bit so it also incorporates myths about humans and mytho-history. Paul Bunyan, King Arthur etc.
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Re: Suggestion: Add a sub-forum for "Myths, Legends, and Folklore?"
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2018, 09:24:03 pm »
I would be extremely interesting in this subforum if it was set up, but it would be good to broaden it a bit so it also incorporates myths about humans and mytho-history. Paul Bunyan, King Arthur etc.

I would also expect such content to fall under the umbrella of myths, legends, and folklore!
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Re: Suggestion: Add a sub-forum for "Myths, Legends, and Folklore?"
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2018, 10:36:20 pm »
Dear Randall & TC Staff,

I have posted several topics on this site that I don't feel fit well in any of the existing suib-forums, but which I DO feel are topical and relevant to the main thrust of TC, and thus not suitably "off-topic" either.
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Thank you for taking the time to read my suggestion! I hope you find that it has merit.

Sincerely,
EDF

I've bumped this along to a staffside discussion; while we might or might not decide to implement it, it's a good suggestion.

Meanwhile, I encourage other folks (non-staff, though staff members might well also take part in this public discussion) to post their thoughts about such a forum here. Cauldronites' input on whether they feel we need a new subforum for this or consider the existing forums sufficient, and what they think the new forum should cover, will inform the staff discussion, and we of staff will be glad to have that input.

I'm gonna drop a link to (one of the iterations of) Catja's writeup on the differences between myth, legend, and folktale, as they are usually understood by folklorists, from the archive board, into this post, not because it's needed in this discussion, but because it's certainly relevant and might be useful to those taking part in this discussion, and also because there are several active threads elseCauldron to which it has some degree of relevance but not enough to warrant me sticking my nose in just to post the link.

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Re: Suggestion: Add a sub-forum for "Myths, Legends, and Folklore?"
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2018, 01:26:49 am »
Meanwhile, I encourage other folks (non-staff, though staff members might well also take part in this public discussion) to post their thoughts about such a forum here. Cauldronites' input on whether they feel we need a new subforum for this or consider the existing forums sufficient, and what they think the new forum should cover, will inform the staff discussion, and we of staff will be glad to have that input.

I would welcome the creation of such a forum. I would be unlikely to start threads on these topics, but I would look forward to reading and participating in discussions started by others.
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Re: Suggestion: Add a sub-forum for "Myths, Legends, and Folklore?"
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2018, 10:17:33 am »
I've bumped this along to a staffside discussion; while we might or might not decide to implement it, it's a good suggestion.

Meanwhile, I encourage other folks (non-staff, though staff members might well also take part in this public discussion) to post their thoughts about such a forum here. Cauldronites' input on whether they feel we need a new subforum for this or consider the existing forums sufficient, and what they think the new forum should cover, will inform the staff discussion, and we of staff will be glad to have that input.

I'm gonna drop a link to (one of the iterations of) Catja's writeup on the differences between myth, legend, and folktale, as they are usually understood by folklorists, from the archive board, into this post, not because it's needed in this discussion, but because it's certainly relevant and might be useful to those taking part in this discussion, and also because there are several active threads elseCauldron to which it has some degree of relevance but not enough to warrant me sticking my nose in just to post the link.

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Re: Suggestion: Add a sub-forum for "Myths, Legends, and Folklore?"
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2018, 12:28:00 pm »
I would welcome the creation of such a forum. I would be unlikely to start threads on these topics, but I would look forward to reading and participating in discussions started by others.

The same largely goes for me - I would read the threads with interest.

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I would be extremely interesting in this subforum if it was set up, but it would be good to broaden it a bit so it also incorporates myths about humans and mytho-history. Paul Bunyan, King Arthur etc.
I haven't been much of a poster lately but stuff along these lines is likely to match the venn diagram of stuff I'm interested in discussing.

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