Alternative Mythologies – The Efik Religion

Realizing that the fantasy genre can be pretty euro-centric, I decided to start researching mythologies of the world to find some Alternative Mythologies to enrich the source materials and carry the genre into the future. These mythologies have their highs and lows, just like the ones we’re familiar with, and a part of this article deals … Continue reading Alternative Mythologies – The Efik Religion

Writing Fantasies: Alternative Mythologies Part 6c – The Dahomey Religion

The fantasy genre is pretty euro-centric. So I’ve decided to research mythologies of the world to find some Alternative Mythologies to enrich the source materials and carry the genre into the future. Don’t forget to share on Twitter and Facebook, as this is definitely a message that doesn’t get out enough. One of the most … Continue reading Writing Fantasies: Alternative Mythologies Part 6c – The Dahomey Religion

Writing Fantasies – Alternative Mythologies Part 6a – Introduction to West Africa

When I started the Alternative Mythologies series, I did so with two major reasons in mind. The first was that the fantasy genres, by and large, have stagnated in the recent years. Our novels, games, and movies all fall under similar categories with the differences primarily in presentation and angle rather than source. As a … Continue reading Writing Fantasies – Alternative Mythologies Part 6a – Introduction to West Africa

Alternative Mythologies (detour 2): Guanches & The Distilled Essence of Mythology

So far, Alternative Mythologies has been my attempt to show you a glimpse of the world outside of our typically Euro-centric fantasy genre offerings. And along the way it’s easy to notice similarities that abound. People try to explain the animals they encounter in the wilderness, they try to explain the weather, they share a … Continue reading Alternative Mythologies (detour 2): Guanches & The Distilled Essence of Mythology

Alternative Mythologies (detour): Berbers – They’re Everywhere

A few months ago I started Alternative Mythologies with the premise that fantasy, specifically epic fantasy, was usually fairly Euro-centric. The basic premise was to start pointing at different regions of the world, selecting a handful of interesting stories, and wetting your appetite for the concept of possibly using these regions in your own writing. … Continue reading Alternative Mythologies (detour): Berbers – They’re Everywhere

Writing Fantasies: Alternate Mythologies Part 5 – Lesser Known Egypt

As I prepared to dive into the topics of Africa’s mythology for the sake of our Alternate Mythologies series, I wondered about whether or not I should actually cover Egypt. Egypt, being so closely associated to several empires that formed around the Mediterranean and Middle East, is one of the few places in Africa that … Continue reading Writing Fantasies: Alternate Mythologies Part 5 – Lesser Known Egypt

Writing Fantasies: Alternative Mythologies Part 4 – Australia

Australia, the land of things that prove evolution is a biological weapon arms race. But the people who live there and the culture that has formed there have produced some of the most interesting creatures to be found. What sort? Well they have a range anywhere from larger beasts based on the ones you would … Continue reading Writing Fantasies: Alternative Mythologies Part 4 – Australia

Writing Fantasies: Alternative Mythologies Part 3 – Slavic Mythology

For the last two days I’ve told you the story of a people who have seen some shit go down in their time. They survived plagues, Mongols, ice and each other. They descend from the Slavic offspring of Vikings and have a tendency to think and act like Europe’s polar opposite as often as possible. … Continue reading Writing Fantasies: Alternative Mythologies Part 3 – Slavic Mythology

Writing Fantasy: 5 Tips For Using Alternative Mythology

Last year when NaNoWriMo was in full swing I gave some tips to people who wanted to write fantasy stories. Since then, I’ve been exploring the world of Alternative Mythologies and found there were some interesting things to be done there. My original tips were based in the more general fantasy, but new challenges appear … Continue reading Writing Fantasy: 5 Tips For Using Alternative Mythology