Myths and Folklore: Finding Old Stories to Make New by Bish Denham
Retelling fairy tales and myths is quite popular. But where can a writer find a new story when it seems all the big ones, like those from Greek or Norse mythologies, have been used?
Stories exist all over the globe. What about exploring Central American and African mythology? Look at the creation myths from different Native American tribes. There are stories in Appalachia and the Louisiana bayous. Rich tales can be mined from Mongolia and Tibet. Think of what might be hidden in the jungles of Thailand! And who made these hand prints in Argentina and why?
One place to find names of mythological deities, monsters, and places from all over the world is Encyclopedia Mythica. There is also THIS SITE which lists books on world mythology. And THIS electronic collection of folklore and mythology is available at the University of Pittsburg. Search the web using key words like folklore, fairy tales, or world mythologies. Or pick a country: folklore from Tibet, fairytales from Russia, African mythology.
There is no end to the possibilities. Whatever story you choose, the object is to have fun as you retell a story that’s been told since the beginning of time.