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Welcome to the Final Fantasy Forums’ Mythology Manual Noticeboard!

This shall serve as a hub for the Mythology Manual article series (2015-present). Any news relating to the Final Fantasy Forums Mythology Manual (FFFMM) shall be posted here so that it is easier to keep up to date.


What is the Mythology Manual?

The FFFMM is an article series which seeks to explore the mythological and historical origins of many of the Final Fantasy series’ most popular monsters, summons, characters, and concepts.

The intention is to investigate particular subjects and see what can be extracted from them. Every article is slightly different since the Final Fantasy creators have adapted material in very different ways. Some details will be more clearly grounded in fact, and other arguments may be more speculative in explaining what may have been done with the sources, intentional or otherwise.

The opinions expressed in each article are the author's own and may not represent the ‘official’ opinion of FFF, Square-Enix, or any other group or individual.

We would like discussion on your own opinions if they differ from (or are in accordance with) those expressed in these articles! You may respond to an article with your comments at any time. I appreciate everyone who has been with me on this journey in any form. Your support, comments, or likes mean a tremendous deal in an age when reading in-depth articles is no longer considered 'cool'.


Current Issues:

The Carbuncle (also see updated version in Timber Maniacs issue 1, pp. 11-16)
Ultros
Alexander
Wedge and Biggs
Red XIII
Phantom Train / Doomtrain
Shiva (also see updated version in Timber Maniacs issue 2, pp. 5-10)
Ixion
Faris
Odin - by guest writer M.J. Gallagher (see Timber Maniacs issue 3, pp. 5-14)
Brothers
Siren
Hades
Phoenix
Ixion - Shadowbringers Ramuh update 25/11/20
Gaia
Wedge and Biggs - Final Fantasy XV update 04/05/21
Minotaurs of Ala Mhigo - Brothers update 10/05/21
Titan

More are in production.


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Secor, T.W. 2020. ‘Crystals and Spiritual Attunement’, in Bean, A. (ed.), The Psychology of Final Fantasy: Surpassing the Limit Break, Texas, 61-75.

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Nigg, J. 2009. ‘Transformations of the Phoenix: from the Church Fathers to the Bestiaries’, in IKON: Journal of Iconographic Studies, 2, 93-102.

Nozedar, A. 2006. The Secret Language of Birds: A Treasury of Myths, Folklore & Inspirational True Stories, London.

Petersen, H.F. 2000. ‘The Phoenix: The Art of Literary Recycling’, in Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, 101, 375–386.

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Minotaurs of Ala Mhigo Update:
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Frost, W. Laing, J. 2014. ‘The Magic of Trains and Travel in Children's Stories’, in Conlin, M.V., Bird, G.R. (eds.), Railway Heritage and Tourism: Global Perspectives, Bristol, 42-54.

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Selzer, A. 2013. The Ghosts of Chicago: The Windy City's Most Famous Haunts. Woodbury.

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Spoer, H. 1935. ‘Arabic Magic Medicinal Bowls’, in Journal of the American Oriental Society, 55 (3), 237-256.

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Yanko, D. 2002. ‘Mystery Solved?’, in Virtual Saskatchewan - Online Magazine. http://www.virtualsk.com/current_issue/mystery.html

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Final Fantasy Wikia (various images).

Albenda, P. 1972. ‘Ashurnasirpal II Lion Hunt Relief BM124534’, in Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 31, No. 3. 167-178.

Austin, A.L. 1996. The Rabbit on the Face of the Moon: Mythology in the Mesoamerican Tradition. [Trans. B.R. Ortiz de Montellano and T. Ortiz de Montellano]. Salt Lake City.

Blahuta, J.P. 2009. ‘Gaia and Environmental Ethics in The Spirits Within’, in Blahuta, J.P., Beaulieu, M.S. (eds.), Final Fantasy and Philosophy: The Ultimate Walkthrough, Hoboken, 61-71.

Curtis, J. E. 1992. 'The Dying Lion', Iraq 54, 113-117, pls. XV-XIX.

Foster, J. 2009. ‘The Lifestream, Mako, and Gaia’, in Blahuta, J.P., Beaulieu, M.S. (eds.), Final Fantasy and Philosophy: The Ultimate Walkthrough, Hoboken, 47-60.

Gantz, T. 1993. Early Greek myth: a guide to literary and artistic sources. London.

Grayson, A.K. 1991. Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC. 1, (1114-859 BC). Toronto.

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Mann, C.C. 2006. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. New York.

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Watanabe, C.E. 1989. A Study of Royal Lion Hunt Scenes in the Neo-Assyrian Period. Birmingham.

Watanabe, C.E. 2002. Animal Symbolism in Mesopotamia: A Contextual Approach. Vienna.

I owe the root of some of my thoughts on Set/Seth to a talk by Ian Taylor at the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CAHA) 2014 Colloquium at the University of Birmingham, where he presented his research. He has since completed his PhD on the subject: Deconstructing the iconography of Seth.


Websites:
Final Fantasy Wikia (various images).

Bagnall, R. S. 2002. ‘Alexandria: Library of Dreams’, in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 146 (4), 348-362.

Berger, A.S. 2012. ‘The Evil Eye: An Ancient Superstition’, in Journal of Religion and Health, 51, 1098–1103.

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Heller-Roazen, D. 2002. ‘Tradition's Destruction: On the Library of Alexandria’, in Obsolescence, 100, 133-153

Mayor, A. 2007. ‘Mythic Bio-Techne in Classical Antiquity: Desire, Hope, and Dread’, in Biotechnique Exhibit Catalog, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 1-27.

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Websites:
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Bruin, F. 1967. ‘Royal Purple and the Dye Industries of the Mycenaeans and Phoenicians’, in F. Sarruf & S. Tamim (eds.), American University of Beirut Festival Book, 295-324.

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Websites:
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Austin, A.L. 1996. The Rabbit on the Face of the Moon: Mythology in the Mesoamerican Tradition. Salt Lake City. [Trans. by B.R. Ortiz de Montellano and T. Ortiz de Montellano, University of Utah Press].

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Websites:
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Cliff (Flickr): Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) photograph
Smokeybjb: ‘Skeleton of Interatherium excavatus in the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago’ used in the magazine version of this article.

Ancient Greek and Latin texts are available in translation in the Loeb Classical Library, in accessible Cambridge, Oxford or Penguin translations, etc, or online unless a specific version is otherwise noted.

For some useful resources, see:
Topostext
Theoi
Perseus


Posts and Activities:
To benefit from the forum's currency system on FFF there will now be Mako Points (MP) rewards handed out to people who comment on a Mythology Manual article. The post must contribute towards a discussion, but if it qualifies then the member shall earn 1 MP!

There shall also be ‘Activities’ posted as comments in various Mythology Manual articles. The nature of these ‘Activities’ will vary depending on the subject matter. As examples they may include crosswords, sketches, or ‘What if?’ scenarios. Complete the task and you shall gain a reward (i.e ranging from between 1-5 MP).

For those who want to go the extra mile and earn more MP, keep an eye out for updates in old articles. New 'Activities' will always be announced in this thread too.

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Mythology Manual Mako Points Table.
UsernameReason: Comment / ActivityMP Date earned
LinnaeteComment - Titan128/07/21
MolosevComment - Gaia104/03/21
MolosevComment - Gaia102/03/21
Paddy McGeeComment - Gaia101/03/21




[OBSOLETE DUE TO CURRENCY CHANGES]
Mythology Manual Community Tokens Table.

UsernameReason: Comment / ActivityCT Date earned
MolosevComment - Hades317/09/20
MolosevComment - Hades326/08/20
DaggerTribalComment - Ixion303/08/20
IlyenaComment - Brothers320/06/20
MolosevComment - Siren114/05/20
BrandonSamuelComment - Red XIII123/04/20
DaggerTribalComment - Siren125/03/20
shivasComment - Phantom Train / Doomtrain103/04/19
MythoticalComment - Phantom Train / Doomtrain103/04/19
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Activity - Faris - Hoist the Colours!
522/03/18
sly Activity - Faris - Hoist the Colours!518/02/18
daredevilComment - Red XIII1 29/12/17
JigoKuuComment - Ixion121/08/16
JigoKuuActivity - Ixion Crossword216/08/16
MitsukiActivity - Ixion Crossword315/08/16
MitsukiComment - Ixion102/08/16
CabbageComment - Phantom Train / Doomtrain101/11/15
Razberry KnightComment - Wedge and Biggs122/07/15
AuronXComment - Wedge and Biggs118/07/15
MitsukiComment - Alexander107/05/15
AuronXComment - Alexander106/05/15
MitsukiComment - Ultros122/03/15
IlyenaComment - The Carbuncle112/01/15

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Any comment which contributes to a discussion of the article shall be counted.
Praise of the articles (whilst welcome and appreciated) will not qualify for MP unless a contribution to the subject matter is also made. Future posts must genuinely contribute to the topic to qualify.
Activity based MP will be counted separately as and when activities are posted. Keep an eye out for updates!
 
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Here is the first activity. I decided to create a quick crossword for the latest article. I will go back to other articles for other activities.


Ixion Activity 1:

Complete the following crossword and send your entry by PM to Dionysos.
Save the image and work on it in an image editing program or on paper if you wish.

Reward for completion = 3 CT
Reward for near-completion = 2 CT
Reward for an attempt = 1 CT

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Crossword created with Puzzlemaker at DiscoveryEducation.com

Clues:
Across:

4. Wild mares live here
6. Binder of Ixion
7. The name of Ixion's rape victim translates into this familiar word
11. Tribe of Ixion
13. Mountain abode of Ixion's brood
14. Greek Hell
15. True name of a weapon which lends its name to an Ixion attack
17. Ixion's element
20. A more familiar ally


Down:
1. Father-in-Law of Ixion
2. Ixion's common attack
3. Feathered serpent
4. Geological formation where Ixion's temple is located
5. Ixion's punishment
7. Mythical hippo-hominids
8. Ixion's temple
9. Weather phenomenon which is sometimes imagined as the way certain equine monsters were born
10. Chiron's mother
12. Misidentified rhinoceros
16. All Fayths have these
18. Wife of Zeus
19. Cloud animated by Zeus


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Want to earn CT? We have a different sort of activity this time!

Red XIII Activity 1:
Species Swap: Red XIII as a human.


Considering the themes discussed in the article, what might Red XIII / Nanaki have looked like if he was a human character? Design and draw him (using any method you wish) and post your drawing in the Red XIII article comments or in a Private Message to Dionysos.

This is not a competition. Do not worry if you do not consider yourself an artist. The quality of your drawing will not be judged! You will still earn 5 CT for your efforts in completing the task.

If you do not want to draw and would prefer to post a written description, you can do so and earn 2 CT instead of 5 CT.

As with all Mythology Manual activities, there is no deadline.
 

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Want to earn CT? Here is the latest Mythology Manual activity!

Click here for the related article.


Faris Activity 1:
Hoist the Colours!

Captain Faris’ crew does not appear to have a very creative pirate flag. The secret pirate headquarters uses a variant of the Jolly Roger (with a skull and cutlasses) to adorn their walls.

This the most recognisable form of flag to signify a ‘pirate’ in popular culture, but in the historical ‘Golden Age’ pirates often designed their own flags to promote their own message. Sometimes they did use a black background (signifying that they would give quarter), but many used the red background to signify that no quarter will be given.

To see an idea of real pirate flags see:

Captain Blackbeard's flag:
pirate-flag-of-edward-teach-blackbeard.jpg



Captain Bartholomew Roberts' flag:
pirate-flag-of-bartholomew-roberts.jpg



Christopher Moody's flag:
pirate-flag-of-christopher-moody.jpg


Thomas Tew's flag:
pirate-flag-of-thomas-tew.jpg


See here for others: http://historylists.org/other/top-10...of-piracy.html






Your task is to design a pirate flag. This can be a flag for Faris’ crew, or a flag for your own piratical endeavours (I take no responsibility for these…).

This is not a competition. Do not worry if you do not consider yourself an artist. The quality of your drawing will not be judged! You will still earn 5 CT for your efforts in completing the task.

If you do not want to draw and would prefer to post a written description, you can do so and earn 2 CT instead of 5 CT.

As with all Mythology Manual activities, there is no deadline.


There is more of a reason behind this one… Any flags that you produce may be used in an upcoming event(s)!
 

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FFF's Mythology Manual's first guest article, Odin, has recently released in issue 3 of FFF's free digital magazine, Timber Maniacs (pages 5-14).

Written by M.J. Gallagher, it explores how Final Fantasy engages with the lore of Odin.

M.J. Gallagher is the author of the popular unofficial Final Fantasy VII Novelisation, the KupoCon exclusive The Nibelheim Incident, Axtelera Ray™: The Chronicles of Astrone and lead editor of Micah Rodney's FFVIII Unofficial Novelization (which is also advertised in Timber Maniacs issue 3, page 125).

Mo is an experienced author and it has been a great experience working with him for this project. Personally, seeing Mo sharing my interest in mythology and Final Fantasy proves to me that there's so much to discuss about our favourite franchise and we can really learn a lot by exploring it.

You can find him here:



What's next?


A bit of an update from myself. I've been working on completing the drafts I had on the go for a while before taking a long break.

I've nearly finished a new article, but I'll wait for the magazine to settle before posting it here on the forum.

No spoilers yet, but Final Fantasy VIII fans might be interested.
 
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Update

I've realised lately that I need to be more human and approachable instead of just cold-dropping articles whenever I'm done. These articles cover deep themes and take a long time to prepare so I can understand that they sometimes appear a bit random.

So, hello! :argor:

There is an article very close to completion. A few people have an idea about what it is already but I'm not going to leave too many hints. I'm popping in to give an update, but I'm still an infernal nuisance. :thehead:


While you wait, if you are into this sort of thing do check out the most recent articles in the Mythology Manual series.
Brothers
Siren

Also check out a Mythology Manual guest article about Odin by esteemed writer M.J. Gallagher (see Timber Maniacs issue 3, pp. 5-14).
We published it last year and it has been well-received.

Feel free to let me know how you feel about them in the comments sections on any of the articles, or in a private message. Any feedback would be welcome (and you earn forum currency for posts in the article threads - not a bribe, just a benefit!).

In fact, here is some actual news in this 'update'. Effective immediately I have increased the Community Tokens gained by posting a comment in a Mythology Manual article from 1 CT to 3 CT. Since some of these articles can be quite long and require thinking in order to respond, I think the replies deserve more for their efforts. From now on that will be reflected in an increased amount of CT.

Further articles are also in the works in various states of draft form, but for now I'll focus on finishing my current project before it becomes the death of me.
 

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Update
(Because I appear to have neglected to update
since the last time I'd said I would... Oh)

A new article is pretty much completed and should be posted by the end of the week. I went down multiple rabbit holes, but hopefully I remained somewhat grounded on Earth at least.

In the meantime, if anyone has missed them and is interested, here are the latest entries:
Hades
Phoenix
Ixion - Shadowbringers Ramuh update 25/11/20


With the recent forum currency update (particularly the removal of Community Tokens), I shall be giving some thought about currency rewards for replies, etc, going forward. The new rewards shall reflect the new currency changes.
 

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🏺Update🏺

I've been working on a new full article in recent months (albeit postponed for a bit to deal with Birthweek stuff). Once I've trimmed it a bit, I should be good to post it. You could say, right now, I'm trapped under the weight.


While we wait, I relatively recently released some mini-updates to older articles and also completed a full article. If anybody is interested, here they are:
Gaia (Examines the use of Gaia as a planet and character throughout the entire franchise)
Wedge and Biggs - Final Fantasy XV update 04/05/21 (examines how FFXV contributes to FF's trends for Wedge and Biggs)
Minotaurs of Ala Mhigo - Brothers update 10/05/21 (explores how FFXIV's Raubahn might have taken inspiration from the myths of his homeland)


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