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18 July 2006
Mythlandia is a 4x8 foot zoomable map depicting myths, fairy tales and other stories. How many can you name?→[More:]Drawn by Julian Hector. There are a few that are stumping me, like the cowboy lassooing the twister and the girl on the pig??
In the volcano, I did get Vulcan (2nd from left), but the first one I'm not sure of ... thought it was Hephaestus, but that's the Greek name of Vulcan. The 3rd is Mayan, I'm guessing, and the 4th is a total blank. Also note across the bottom is Atlas. :)
Canadian ones don't seem to be there. I can't recall any European-based myths off the top of my head. As for First Nations, the story of Raven discovering Man in a shell and setting them free is common on the west coast, but isn't represented here.
The city below Superman is obviously Metropolis. Also there's Hercules going up against the Boar, the Lion and a Hydra. And there's the Colossus of Rhodes straddling two islands.
The Sphinx (the Greek one, outside of Thebes) riddling someone, presumably Oedipus. (Top of image, in the "dark".)
Near the Headless Horseman pursing (presumably) Icabod Crane.
As mudpuppie points out, Cyclops Polyphemus being fought by Odysseus, while his men look on from the ship, with Neptune or some other sea-god to the right. No, Neptune is much further left, that must be Triton.
The Bremen Town Musicians: the donkey, dog, cat, and chicken drive away the robbers and get their own house (or, the ingredients of some Cantonese dish). (Above Polyphemus, to the right of Metropolis).
Three Billygoats Gruff cross a bridge.
Odin and Thor, top left. No, they all have two eyes, so it's Thor, Zeus, and (?) Indra, the Hindu god of lightning.
Further left, Apollo and his Golden Chariot are the setting sun, and Icarus is falling.
Rainbow Bridge, so elongated glass Ionic temples are supposed to be Valhalla???
Botticelli's Venus, on the half-shell but also in a bikini.
Pan, the satyr, playing panpipes.
Underground, far left, the Three Fates, Clotho the spinner, Lachesis the drawer, and Atropos the cutter.
Artemis chasing Actaeon, changed into a stag? (Except the "stag" is more a faun.)
Perseus rescuing Andromeda by using Medusa's head to turn the sea-serpent to stone.
The island that's really a sea-monster (Gulliver's Travels, multiple other sources).
Hades, king of the underworld. Pan, the Greek god, half man half goat. Could have sworn the guy being followed by a dark winged angel carrying a light is the soldier Saul, before becoming the Apostle Paul, but I'm probably wrong. And the messanger with winged feet-Aries? Or Mars? Aaaggghhh, I need to get out my mythology books!
Yeah, definitely, change the flash parameters. It doesn't make the resolution any higher (at max zoom, any part is as tall as before), but you don't have to peer through that little 750x450 viewport. Makes the painting much more impressive.
I'm really torn; I don't know if I like all those different myth-systems jumbled together or not.
I mean, it makes it more fun to figure out, but it might be more aesthetically pleasing if the Greeks and the Norse and Indians and the fables and comic books each had a separate region of the picture.