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  1. Sometimes, I like to imagine Twilight Sparkle (especially her EqG form) as a villain, because since she is like the "leader" of the main characters, it would also be fun to imagine her as something like an "evil empress who brings death". One idea I had about her involves a fictional country treating her as if she were like the Grim Reaper (as she resembles a tyrannical death goddess in their mythology): either they freak out and run from her very appearance, pretend to be her to scare their friends, or cosplay as her because they just like folk dances or her beautiful dress. So this idea leads to this question: "What if each member of the Mane Six became a Grim Reaper, appearing to those who are about to die?" How would each of them behave, and what would they appear as (if anything other than wearing black robes)? And how would they greet the dying soul? (Bonus: Try guessing also for Sunset, Trixie, and Starlight if you can! :D) (Art by thattagen)
  2. So I don't think it's shocking to call Slenderman a folkloric figure. He's a character that has been created, propagated, and expanded upon not by a single creative will but the unintentional collusion of many storytellers and subsequent recountings of him. He's a monster, the boogeyman for the age of youtube and blogs. Here's my problem though, he doesn't have a counterpart on the side of good. I mean the closest I could think of was Courage Wolf, but there's no stories of him saving the day and inspiring others to heroic action. Folklore is filled with as many heroes as monsters. Where the monsters exist on the outside of civilization and beyond the borders of safety for the stories they exist in, folk heroes are usually the correctors of civilization; those that exist to strike at what's wrong in a society and/or epitomize what's good about it. (Some were or may have been real people who's legends eclipsed the real man.) Examples: -Robin Hood -William Tell -Joe Magarac -Paul Bunyan -Miyamoto Musashi -Ned Kelly So I ask, why is this? Not that the modern age lacks heroes but our heroes have been inherited from ages past. The recent resurgence of comic book movies all modern re-tellings of decades old, possibly older, icons or the general fascination of reboots of older material meant to resurrect ideas from a perceived glorious past or make them fit into a new world and society. The thing is though, all of those are done by individuals or dedicated groups, recreating something that had a similar setup. Their creations, nor modern re-tellings can't really be called "folklore" in the pure sense that Slenderman is so obviously derived of. So again, I ask, why, when pooled in the purest sunconcious of the Vox Populi, do we create a monster rather than a paragon? (If you have examples OF a modern folk hero I've missed, by all means tell me.)
  3. Someponies will come up to me and ask why I have dolls of human characters instead of the versions that are ponified. I realize why ponies like to have pony versions of characters who are not ponies. It is because when you make something like yourself it becomes easier to relate to. This is why fiction often has characters around the same age as the target audience. It is their way of saying: "Hey reader, everypony hear is just like you! These are your kind of ponies" Well, I guess I'm a purist at heart when it comes to certain characters. If they were created to be a certain species than they should stay that species as respect to their creator. This is also because sometimes ponies get confused as to what kind of pony (or nonequine) species a character should be. There was interest to do a ponified version of the old collection of tales known as "A Nightmare on Elm Street". The pony who thought of this was a stallion named Wes Cloven. Mr. Cloven originally had the idea to make an alicorn because of Princess Luna's ability to see into dreams. Well, Luna herself got word of this and wasn't really happy about the idea of a murderous monster that she felt was a personal attack on her. Not wanting to anger Princess Luna or Celestia for that matter, decided to just make Freddy into a regular unicorn instead. There is also the case of Leatherface from the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" folklore. Originally ponified as an earth pony with the ponied name Bubba Sawbuck by Tobe Hoofer, Leatherface was redone by a Michael Rein with Leatherface this time having the name Thomas Hoovitt and being a pegasus. despite being in a family of eath ponies. Leatherface (Hoovitt) was made a pegsus in this version to point out that he had been adopted by Luda Mane Hoovitt the patriarch of the canibalistic Hoovit clan. Now if you must know when it comes to Leatherface I prefer Thomas Hewitt (human name of course) to Bubba Sawyer (again human name) although I guess you could debate about weather or not they are the same character. The doll I have is of Thomas Hewitt by the way which is why he is seen to have a crudely made fake limb made from a human arm bone and a hook . Now all this aside about the ponification of Human folklore I suppose I should discuss the most famous instance of a human character that came not from Human Folkore, but from the mind of a regular pony. Many of us we'll remember the days when we would open up a book by author Ponnie Zacherein and read about strange looking ponies. Mrs. Z. had a strange way of drawing her fellow ponies, but what is interesting is that her books were fantasy stories about these pony characters interacting with a human girl named Megan as well as her two siblings. Some ponies have suspected that there is more to these books then meets the eye, that at one point ponies did talk to humans like the character Megan, and that the strange design of the ponies was actually done to show how we ponies looked at an earlier point in our evolution. In other words some say that these tales take place in a time before the "Great Disappearance of Humanity" when humans somehow vanished without a trace. There has been many ponies who have speculated differently about the fate of humans, but I think that is a topic for another day. Right now I have to go fly off somewhere to do some shoppng down by Sweet Apple Acres.
  4. You are sitting by a fountain in a park on a sunny day. Next to you, a teenage girl, naturally pink-haired and dressed in a blue Mongolian outfit (despite being white-skinned), pouts and curses away. When you ask her, "what's the matter?", those are the things she mentions to you: * in her country, people with natural pink hair (or any "odd colors") are considered freaks. In the pinkos' case, they are viewed as party-going psychopaths (her ancestors got the condition from a lab accident) * due to this, she was chosen to play as her country's ironic folk heroine: a pink queen who battles monsters. Doing so should have been considered "patrotism", albeit in a mocking way. And she is one of the best actresses and folk dancers in her school! What advice would you give to her? (bonus: her country likes trains)
  5. I found this small article on the web, I found it very interesting as I love folklore and I can confirm the bit about the italian Befana. So I was wondering, since this is an international forum and all, if somepony has some folkish tale to share about their own winter traditions. Here is the article if you wanna read it: Holiday Traditions from around the world Germany There is so much celebrating that it has to begin on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day. As in many other European countries, on the eve of Dec. 6th children place a shoe or boot by the fireplace. During the night, St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, hops from house to house carrying a book of sins in which all of the misdeeds of the children are written. If they have been good, he fills the shoe or boot with delicious holiday edibles. If they have not been good, their shoe is filled with twigs. Italy On Christmas Eve, Italian children hang their stockings by the chimney where it remains empty until Jan. 6, the Befana day (also known as the Epiphany,) when the befana (during the night) fills it with sweets or coal, depending on whether the children were good or naughty. (The Befana is an old woman (witch) that flies on a broom; she is considered nice and kind.) Spain Christmas dinner is never eaten until after midnight. Christmas Day is spent at church, at feasts and in more merry-making. It is not Santa who comes to Spain bearing gifts, but the Three Wise Men. Mexico On Christmas Eve, small children dressed as shepherds stand on either side of the nativity scene while members of the company kneel and sing a litany, after which the Christ Child is lulled to sleep with the cradle song, "El Rorro" (Babe in Arms). At midnight the birth of Christ is announced with fireworks, ringing bells and blowing whistles. Devout worshipers surge into churches to attend the famous "Misa de Gallo" or "Mass of the Rooster." Following Mass, families return home for a tremendous dinner of traditional Mexican foods. Christmas Day has no special celebration though many have adopted the American style Christmas with a Christmas tree and Santa Claus. France Family celebrations begin with the decoration of the Christmas tree a few days before Christmas; candles and lights, tinsel and many colored stars are attached to it. On Christmas Eve when the children are asleep, little toys, candies and fruits are hung on the branches of the tree as a supplement to the gifts Santa Claus has left in the shoes before the fireplace. Puppet shows are also given every year for Christmas. At midnight everyone attends the Christmas mass. When the family returns home after midnight mass, there is a late supper known as "le réveillon." Ordinarily, young children do not attend midnight mass with their parents, but go to bed early to dream of their Christmas gifts. Before going to bed, they put their shoes by the fireside for a gift from "le père de Noël" or "le petit Jésus." Japan The Nativity scene is given a corner in every Christian house. They also have turkey for Christmas dinner, Christmas trees, evergreens and mistletoe in their stores and homes and even Hoeiosho, the Japanese equivalent of Santa Claus, who is a Buddhist monk bearing gifts for the children. The family members exchange gifts and send cards with the true heart of giving. Japan’s Christmas traditions for Japanese Christians are to spend the day for worship, and charity for the poor and sick. The children perform plays re-enacting the Nativity scene on Christmas Eve. Unique Christmas traditions of Japan are Christmas Cakes, Fried Chicken, and Daiku. China Christians in China celebrate by lighting their houses with beautiful paper lanterns and decorating their Christmas trees, which they call "Trees of Light," with paper chains, paper flowers, and paper lanterns. Chinese children hang muslin stockings and await a visit from Santa Claus, whom they call Dun Che Lao Ren (dwyn-chuh-lau-oh-run) which means "Christmas Old Man."