The personification (and deification) of War is the focus of our third “Horsemen” episode. Ares, Belatu-Cadros, Murugan, Morrigan, and of course the actual Red Rider himself, the Horseman of War!

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  • zuzu

    DRINKING GAME take a shot every time someone says ” elevated”

  • Amanda M

    Correction re: Athena – her mother was Metis, Zeus’ first wife. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metis_%28mythology%29

    I could talk yer collective ass off about mythology, but I deleted my subsequent 4 paragraphs of minutiae out of consideration. 😀

  • Holtzmann

    Ah, hummingbirds… pretty damn ornery birds, actually. Those things fight each other like crazy. That’s probably why the Aztecs were all over them.

  • Linda

    Re Xena and Ares relationship. Haven’t seen the show in years but I remember getting the impression that Ares and Xena used to lovers before she broke away from his influence. Not sure where the information that Ares was possible her father came from but this Wiki page seems to support my remembrance of them having a romantic relationship.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ares_(Hercules_and_Xena)

  • Derek Weber

    What a great episode! Fantastic detail.

    With regard to the Maori tongue-pokey-outy stuff, the All Blacks (the Kiwi Rugby team) start each match with a war dance, called a Haka, and although the various dance steps (for want of a better expression) change, one move they do occasionally though they get in a bit of trouble for it, is dragging their thumb across their throats (implying that’s what they’re going to do to the opposition) and waggling their tongues around while they do it. This is them doing it for the South African Springboks in 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnQEvhHDsuM It’s pretty fearsome.

    Oh, and I think Zeus turned himself into a Bull (and a Swan, come to think of it) to ravish mortal women on Earth, rather than having had sex with a Bull, as Joe mentioned.

    Oh, oh, and the Kunst Historische Museum just means the Museum of the History of Art (Kunst is art), but you’re right, it does sound pretty cool.

    Well done guys. Another ripper!

  • Donncha

    Woah, you really did murder those Irish names! My poor ears! Great podcast otherwise!

    Cú Chulainn is pronounced like you’d say “Cuu Cullan” in English. He’s a very well known figure in Irish mythology.

  • Kiwi Climber

    Just to add to the pronunciation guides, in Maori the written “wh” is said as an f, the way we’d pronounce “ph” in photo. Now go say Whakatane five times fast ;D. An endless source of naughty giggling for us kiwi kids.