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#1
I thought it'd be interesting, and helpful, if we had a central thread where we could read and share folklore, mythology, superstitions, demon descriptions, etc, anything that could be "metal" . For example, if we have any really badass legends that we know, we could say them, and it could be discussed, analyzed, whatever, or if someone is in need of a sick story, they can ask here. It doesnt have to stick to any particular history or religion.

I think you will all appreciate it because it seems alot of metalheads are into history and stuff, and we have recently been seeing an explosion of themed historical metal bands, like Kronos (greek), Nile (Ancient Egypt), Melechesh (sumerian), Behemoth (arab/middle eastern), etc.


Some stuff that I can share with you guys:

When someone says a "legion", it means an army of 2,000. In the bible, there is a man possessed with what was said to be a legion of demons. He had 2,000 demons in him, and when Jesus asked him who he was, he responded "I am Legion, for we are many", and I just imagine the dude to have replied with 2,000 demonic voices at once ,which would probably be pretty badass.

Also, the demon Beherit is said to command 26 Legions of demons, so basically he had like 52,000 demons at his command.
#2
Actually legions in the Roman army were bigger than 2,000. During the era of the maniple system, the Roman ("Polybian") legion would number 4,200 infantry and 300 cavalry (this is standard strength on paper). This included 3,000 legionaries and 1,200 light troops. After the reforms of Marius in the late 2nd century BCE, the legion was reorganized to be based on cohorts rather than maniples. These legions included 4,800 legionaries. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

As for folklore, I'd have to get back to you.
#5
The letter between Philip Augustus and John regarding The Lionheart's escape from prison

"Look to thyself.... the beast is loose"

aaaaand The orders given at the siege of Beziers during the Albigensian crusade when they couldn't tell who were heretics and who were regular Christians

"Kill them all, God shall know his own"

mwahahahahahahahahahahahaha I heart medieval history
#6
My favourite topic in Metal is a period in time in the Daytona Beach region where Slippery Jim and Fornicus we're given the insurmountable task of stopping the closing-down of Molly Brown's.
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#7
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When someone says a "legion", it means an army of 2,000. In the bible, there is a man possessed with what was said to be a legion of demons. He had 2,000 demons in him, and when Jesus asked him who he was, he responded "I am Legion, for we are many", and I just imagine the dude to have replied with 2,000 demonic voices at once ,which would probably be pretty badass.


holy crap.
thanks.
im gonna write a song about that
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#8
In Greek myth, Prometheus was punished for giving fire to man by being tied to a mountain and having an eagle come and devour his liver every day after it grew back every night. This repeated daily until Heracles freed Prometheus from his chains.

On the subject of Heracles, I've always thought that his twelve deeds would make a good concept album. The battle with the Nemean Lion, slaying the Hydra, capturing the Cretan Bull...there's some good material there. The same goes for the story of Jason and the Argonauts.

As Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart neared his death, it's said that a mysterious stranger clad all in black approached him and requested a requiem (funeral music) to be written. As Mozart worked on the requiem, he grew sicker and sicker, eventually believing that the requiem was for his own funeral.

In ancient Japan, an archer named Minamoto Tametomo was involved in a blood feud between his own family and the Taira. In 1170, when the conflict was at its height, Minamoto Tametomo was trapped on a small island by a small army of Taira samurai. Rather than giving himself up to the enemy, he slashed his own stomach with a tanto and became the first warrior to commit seppuku.
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On the subject of Heracles, I've always thought that his twelve deeds would make a good concept album. The battle with the Nemean Lion, slaying the Hydra, capturing the Cretan Bull...there's some good material there. The same goes for the story of Jason and the Argonauts.


But what are you going to do about the Augean Stables

--Red
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#11
Bo, that heretic thing is so sick. I love **** like that. Haha, it just makes you think of how they must have felt. Either really happy that they'd see god, or they realized that they are screwed
#12
I have always liked the idea of the Crow, being brutally ****ed up and also seeing your misses being beaten and raped then both are killed and then coming back to life to seek revenge on those who did those misdeeds to your one true love. I always thought it wouldve made a mad Doom song.
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#14
there's a scottish legend i know, i'll have to paraphrase it a bit though...

a man lives alone in isolation with his daughter. he loves her and wants her to stay with him, but he knows she'll need to be educated to get anywhere in life, so he sends her to a school.

every day while she's there he sits in her room (which has everything she has ever wanted in it, because he thinks so highly of her that he gives her whatever she wants) and thinks about her and how much he misses her.

eventually, after years have passed, she gets home from school.
they are standing near the ocean when the father says "show me what you have learnt"
the daughter says "see that ship? i can bring it to shore"
the father says "do it then"

suddenly the ship starts moving towards the shore. he sees the sailors trying frantically to fix their course, but they can't.
then the father realises that the ship is headed straight towards rocks

the man turns to his daughter and says softly "save them now lass. why don't you save them now."
his daughter smiled softly and shrugged and said "i don't know how to do that"

as the ship crashed against the rocks, he looked as his daughter with new eyes and said "if that is the education i have brought you, i would rather your room then your company"

he went home and built a great fire. when his daughter came in after him, he cut her to pieces and burned her, saying as he tended the fire "i will never have your sort in the same place as myself"
then he went to her room, and gathered everything she had and burned it, until there was no trace of her left. because he loved her so much that he could not let her practice what she had learned.


i thought it was a pretty cool story...
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THOR

Next after Odin, the principal deity was Thor. He it was who guarded men and their labors from the wild forces of nature, personified as Giants. Thus he held sway — in certain Northern regions — over air and climate, over rain and harvest. As the god of fertility, however, he had to divide his rule with the gods of the Vanir; but thunder and lightning always were the special province of Thor, who according to the Norse myths was constantly engaged in battle against the Giants. He rode in a chariot which, as it rolled along, produced thunder.1 The chariot was drawn by two goats, Tanngnjost and Tanngrisni; these goats Thor could kill and eat and bring to life once more provided all the bones are gathered up in the hides. Because Thor usually drove these goats, he was called Riding-Thor;4 he had other names as well, such as Ving-Thor, Lorridi, Einridi.

Thor’s realm was known as Thrudvang; there stood his imposing hall, Bilskirnir, the largest in the world, comprising 540 rooms. To Thor belonged three objects of price: the most valuable of these was the hammer Mjollnir, which he carried whenever he gave battle to the Giants; he could make it as great or as small as he pleased, he could hurl it, through the air, and it always found its mark and returned of itself to his hand. Again, he had remarkable iron gauntlets with which to grasp the hammer; and he had a belt of strength which, when he girdled it about him, added to his Æsir power. Without Thor the Æsir would have found no help against the Giants; but no sooner did they mention him by name than he gave proof of his prowess. He was wedded to beautiful Sif, of the golden hair; their children were Modi and a daughter named Thrud. With the Giantess Jarnsaxa he had besides a son called Magni.

Thor was hot and hasty of temper; when he rode out to meet the Giants, the mountains trembled and the earth burst into flame. When the gods repaired to Yggdrasil to hold assembly there, Thor did not trouble himself to cross by way of Bifrost but took a shorter road on which he waded the deepest streams. Now and then he might chance to leap before he looked; and so once or twice he came out of some enterprise or other with harm and confusion.

The worship of Thor was very widespread throughout the North. Numerous place names bear witness to his cult, and the sagas contain not infrequent accounts of sanctuaries dedicated to Thor or of invocations directed to him. To our ancestors Thor was tall and strong, handsome and dignified; he had a red beard, and gripped Mjollnir in his hand.
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#16
that thing about the legion is awesome.
ive always liked the winter thing that immortal (and a few other bands) did. emperors album "in the nightside eclipse" also has a badass cover
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#17
Wow, we've had some pretty interesting stuff in this thread.

In English slang we have the phrases 'One for the road' (meaning I am going to have one last drink before I leave) and 'I'm on the wagon' (meaning I am not drinking this evening/for a lengthy period of time). I don't know who else has/knows these phrases, but whatever.

In the middle ages, prisoners at Newgate Prison (a prison located close to the Old Bailey) were taken along what is today known as Oxford Street to be hanged at Tyburn Gallows, which were located near Marble Arch. The journey was made in a horse-drawn cart (not carriage) thus displaying the prisoners out in the open for the paying crowds to see. Along the way, the prisoners were permitted to take one last drink in any alehouse of their choosing. This was the drink that was supposed to sustain them throughout the rest of their journey along Oxford Street to the gallows at Tyburn, hence 'one for the road'.

Once they had their drink, they were escorted back onto the cart, where they would remain permanently until their arrival at the Gallows, hence 'I'm on the wagon', meaning 'I shall not be getting off to take another drink'.

Just some interesting History behind some popular expressions for those of you who use them.
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#18
Abstract Poetry

War of elements
Water against the Sun
The Sun leading a battle of the war that will never be done
Sucking the weight of water
Bringing its weakness back
Now possessing an important weapon
The weight that all molecules lack
The water gets up to the sky
People flying as wind goes by
The seeds of their hate Never die, everything's too late
The earth will be gone
All because of the rage of the Sun.



In the backyard
you see a white stain
Nevertheless, looking unreal
like a tiny passage to emptiness

Thinking of touching the thing
you kneel over it
Interest exceeding carefulness
you'll be soon in pieces in nothingness...

The parts of the fingers you put in the hole
are now taken to another dimension
It's enlarging itself with the power you gave
Now a metre wide, you'll be dead in a while

Ruthless...

Now you have no feet
The thing has become ten metres wide
You can hear its masticating
and the silent, ironic laughter

Another victim suffering
You pray to god
Your screaming won't stop until your mouth has been
teleported thoroughly
#19
There was a man in ancient China who single-handedly wiped out Schezuan province. That was like, a million people or something.
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#20
Isaiah 13:13-16 – "13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger. 14 Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, each will return to his own people, each will flee to his native land. 15 Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword. 16 Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished."

The Old Testament is br00tal.


I'll have a bourbon.
#21
This is part of my sociology reading and it's pretty br00tal. It describes what was to happen during the execution of an 18th century Frenchman named 'Damiens the regicide' who had attempted to murder the king.

"...he was to be 'taken and conveyed in a cart, wearing nothing but a shirt, holding a torch of burning wax weighing two pounds'; then, 'in the said cart, to the Place de Greve, where on a scaffold that will be erected there, the flesh will be torn from his breasts, arms, thighs and calves with red-hot pincers, his right hand, holding the knife with which he commited the said parricide, burnt with sulphur, and on those places where the flesh will be torn away, poured molten lead, boiling oil, burning resin, wax and sulphur melted together and then his body drawn and quartered by four horses and his limbs and body consumed by fire, reduced to ashes and his ashes thrown to the winds'. In Discipline and Punish by Foucault.
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#22
In the middle ages there was a non-violent order of monks. When they were called to war, they tickled the enemy to death.
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#23
Did you know that the Shaolin temple's highest death count in one event is 4 monks?

And speaking of freaky stories, here's a real one that happened to me:

About half a year ago, at winter, I was driving back home. It was dusk, and after 10-15 minutes of driving, it started to rain. After a while, I noticed a small figure by the side of a crossroads. Now, I know what it's like to be a hitchhiker, but I was lucky enough to never be caught in the rain.
I stopped next to her and rolled down my window, and when she got close, I noticed it was an elderly woman. Lucky for her, I was passing very close to where she needed to get to, so she got in the car. When she got in, I noticed she had a black wooden box. After a bit of driving, I tried to have a little small talk, so I asked her what's in the box, and she snapped back at me "fuck off asshole!". Now, I do respect the elderly, but I gave her a ride to practically 5 minutes from where she needed to go, in the rain, and the least she could do was be nice, so I asked again. Again, she said "fuck you shitbag!".
After telling her she was very rude, I never spoke a word to her the rest of the drive, and neither did she. When we got to where she needed to get to, she just got out of the car, not even saying thank you.
After a minute of driving, I suddenly noticed that she left her box. I picked it up, and opened it.
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#25
Fuck off, asshole!
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That's superb.
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#28
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Fuck off, asshole!

I thought you weren't being serious...
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#29
Well since I'm listening to Rom 5:12 right now, I'll take a look through. Most of the album art seems to be random pictures of people, starting from popes, and nobility, and soldiers, and eventually I think there's a few "common folk", all surrounded by skeletons. Sometimes the skeletons appear to be holding hands with the people and prancing around them..all this again showing the whole Dance Macabre. One picture of 3 skeletons playing musical instruments, looks interesting.

And the cover, with death on top, skeletons holding weapons, and the priests bellow trying to "buy death" with gold.

Appearantly the album booklet is all just pieces of artwork the band (or at least) Mortuus, had seen during their/his journeys.

And in case anyone was wondering Rom 5:12 : "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned"

And this was also in one of the links I posted earlier, but according to some, the use of skeletons to represent death, as opposed to demons may show a belief towards atheism.
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haha awesome, did you make that up?


Nah, I'm not that creative...It's a "ghost story" my friend once told me when we did a campfire.
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Isaiah 13:13-16 – "13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger. 14 Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, each will return to his own people, each will flee to his native land. 15 Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword. 16 Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished."

The Old Testament is br00tal.


I finally see how someone could have a religious death metal band

These are some pretty badass stories
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But what are you going to do about the Augean Stables

--Red

Ah, yeah...forgot about that one... That would make for weak lyrics, especially in a concept album with such strong source material everywhere else.

Augean Stables will be the instrumental.
#33
i dont know too much about history or anything i seem to be drawn more towards the unexplainable. for a great while i was totally obsessed with the movie donnie darko if anybody has ever seen that. stories about insanity and what not. more modern i guess you could say. is anybody else into that kind of stuff?
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The letter between Philip Augustus and John regarding The Lionheart's escape from prison

"Look to thyself.... the beast is loose"

aaaaand The orders given at the siege of Beziers during the Albigensian crusade when they couldn't tell who were heretics and who were regular Christians

"Kill them all, God shall know his own"

mwahahahahahahahahahahahaha I heart medieval history


lol I've read about that in a book on Gothic cathedrals. They went into quite extensive details about fighting heresy to establish the Church as the one and only institution that people could turn to...

The book also had a story of a town waking up to find 100 or so wounded soldiers marching into town, all bound together and eyes gouged, except for one man who had one eye left so he could find the road, and tell the other townsfolk the price for sheltering heretics

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#35
haha yeah that was Albi

There's loads more metal history moments.

The end of the first crusade where the Frankish slaughtered so many Saracens in the streets of Jerusalem that the Sepulcre was flooded with blood up to knee height.

Or even back to the heretics there was the siege of Montsegur (Maiden wrote a song about it) where all the Cathars committed mass suicide by leaping on a giant funeral pyre, the chroniclers wrote "and for several hours the screams of burning heresy did deafen the knights, the stench and smoke of scorched flesh did blot out the sun."

mwahahahaha
#36
This is one of the better threads on UG.

Keep it coming.
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#38
This thread seems actually really cool. Im extremely interested in ancient history and mythology. Infact im wondering what i really want to major in college. Either Music or some sort of Mythology. I dont really have any stories that come to mind at the moment but i know i have read some really good ones. Ill post if i find any.
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#39
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This thread seems actually really cool. Im extremely interested in ancient history and mythology. Infact im wondering what i really want to major in college. Either Music or some sort of Mythology. I dont really have any stories that come to mind at the moment but i know i have read some really good ones. Ill post if i find any.


I was a history undergrad and I'm doing classics right now, I highly recommend either of those. I'll be doing ancient history (most likely) for grad school next year.

I'll have to get back to you all on some history/mythology stories that seem relevant here.
#40
The legend of the Flying dutchman.

A ship that is forever doomed to wander the seas, and can only appear in bad weather, but only in the distance.
The Cleveland torso murders, a series of brutal dismemberments, the bodies dumped in lake Erie, and the killer never found.
HH Holmes who built a "murder house" in chicago, and murdered women in brutal ways, then burnt the bodies.
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