This month, we examine a character who has been influencing the minds of authors for thousands of years: the Devil. We’ll be taking a look at that fiery hell-demon we all know and love to hate (or fear), but we’ll also discuss how other cultures view this figure. We first consider Maximon, a Guatemalan saint not recognized by the Catholic Church—a fusion of Satan, Judas, Cortes, and the Mayan trickster god Mam. Then we’ll move on to Russia, where we will look at how the Devil influenced two hundred years of their literature. We’ll end with an exploration of the Voodoo religion, which isn’t as devilish as you may think.
Works Mentioned in this Episode:
The Book of Luke King James International Version
Prayer to the Pure One translated by Steven Goulden
Alessio Franko reading The Book of Luke and The Book of Job
Emily Hooper reading The Brothers Karamazov and The Master and Margarita
Piyali Syam reading Prayer to the Pure One and The Island Beneath the Sea
All music in this episode, credited below, is from freesoundarchive.org and provided under a Creative Commons License.
No Sudden Moves by Dengue Fever
Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon
Malako (Live) by Samba Mapangala and Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
Balkan Qoulou by Watcha Clan
Russian Dance by Yair Yona
Momento by Toms Tello
Mr. Franklin by Steve Gunn
Produced by: Daniel Goulden with the help of Sally Decker.
Daniel Goulden is Asymptote’s new Podcast Editor and former Assistant Editor. He currently lives in Brooklyn, where he works on a variety of new media projects including an upcoming podcast and the webseries Between the Sidewalk and the Street, as well as old media projects including translations from Russian and good old-fashioned writing.