The Endicott Studio Journal of Mythic Arts — An online journal for the exploration of myth, folklore, and fairy tales, and their use in contemporary arts
Father Frost by Ivan Bilibin

Editor: Terri Windling
WebWrangler: Anita Roy Dobbs
Book Reviews Editor: Helen Pilinovsky
Art: (above) “Father Frost” by Ivan Bilibin
(below) handmade seamless hat and scarf
by Yuli Sömme

Winter 2004 Issue

A Letter from the Editor's Desk

The Reading Room

Finnish Myth and Lore: The Song of Sampo

“There may be no greater storehouse of ancient European myth and legend than the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala, and the hundreds of songs and spells that have been collected from Finnish oral tradition since the nineteenth century.”

Russian Fairy Tales, Part I: An Overview

“The content of Russian fairy tales differs from those of Western Europe in a number of important ways. Though they all render the details of magical quests and adventures, the fairy tales of Russia are dictated by an inherent utopianism, an ideal of a better world.”

The Sacred and Profane of Spanish Carnaval

“These people have returned for one of the Old World's most authentic vestiges of a rite that once solemnized the passing of winter into the potent fertility of spring. In Laza, the event is known by its Galician name, entroido: introduction, entry.”

Silver or Gold

“‘You are a witch,’ said the King of Stones, gently mocking. ‘You read symbols and make them, and craft them into nets to catch truth in. Here are symbols—choose between them. Pick the truer. Pick the better. Silver, or gold?’”

The Gallery: Mythic Art

The Fiber Art of Yuli Sömme

“Felt-making is one of the oldest of human arts, pre-dating the spinning of thread and the weaving cloth. Modern fiber artists like Yuli Sömme are learning and adapting this ancient craft.”

The Coffeehouse: Poetry

Rose Red & Snow White

Two Polar Bear Poems

Winter Haiku

The Bear's Daughter

Reindeer Presence

Winter is no time &
Family Stories


“Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another. The function of the artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world.”

— Joseph Campbell

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