The Crane Bag is a podcast that explores stories from around the world. Each episode focuses on a different story, using words and music to bring that story to life in the here and now.
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Out of the distant past comes a story ripe with insights about our present day, a 5,000-year-old myth in which all-powerful king Gilgamesh is challenged by a wild and hair-covered beast-man sent by the gods to teach him wisdom.
And here's an exploration of the story, in which we dwell for a while in its territory hoping that that wild and lumbering animal known as wisdom might somehow come to find us even lounging as we are in the ragged laboratory of our mistakes.
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So you ask for a drink and the God of Myth pours out a kid-friendly yet strangely merciless concoction able to harmonize the sun and moon energies in your soul, to help you forgive your teenage self and to boost your resistance to perpetually thinking inside the box. "Just a fairy tale"? Maybe so, but it leaves you feeling like a rock made dizzy by a rainstorm. (Commentary follows the story.)