Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 186: Going Through Changes - Shapeshifters in Myth and Speculative Fiction

September 6, 2019

Episode 186: Going Through Changes - Shapeshifters in Myth and Speculative Fiction

 

Before they populated the pages of paranormal romance novels, shapeshifters had long held a place in myths and folklore. Those creatures who can change they're shape have long been a source of human fascination, whether it's a desire to take on animal characteristics, representation of deities, the wolf who sometimes looks like a man or the witch who escapes the inquisition by going into a hare. This week Jules and Madeleine take a look at the evolution of these creatures from the 'wizard's duel' of Welsh myth to Celtic Ireland to Navajo tales of trickster Coyote. From there, the dragons examine where the shapeshifter has travelled next in modern speculative fiction. Don your wolfskin belt and join us for an episode with claws.

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic