The Remyth Project is a simple idea that came from thinking about mythology, stories, and appropriation. There's this way in which traditional stories and mythologies of people of color have been misused, abused, and ultimately redefined by others, for profit, for power, for fame.
Mythology is not just stories, not just beliefs- it's icons, it's a way of thinking. It's a way of talking about things with symbol. It's a language, which, like many other languages, has been chopped up and is dying off for the purposes of a world defined by a few.
But let's talk myth.
The Remyth project is this: You, as a person of color, as a person whose myths have been sidelined, removed, changed, altered, turned into movies, popularized and sold, you as a participant of your heritage (even divorced by many generations)...
You write up, draw, or ramble in whatever way befits you about a myth you can claim ownership to. You take back that myth. You tell us what you think it is. Reinterpret, reconstruct, or even revise- give it a rebirth, as you would.
And, if you want, give a link back here.
Let's stop hearing second-hand stories from colonizers with vested interests in ridiculing, exoticising, and taking our stories.
Let's hear each other's stories.
And let's remember.
ETA: Why the Remyth project works best without an LJ community.
There's folks organizing some Remyth readings at WorldCon in August.
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- The Remyth Project