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    Ièm playing a Gurahl in a local game and Ièm looking for some Bear stories I can spin around the campfire. Stories centered on death (Mani), fun, joy and laughter (Little Bear) or sacrifice (Ursa Major) would be really appreciated.

    Iève done a little research and found the Greek story of Callisto and Arcos as well as some Native stories but anything would help.

  • #2
    Ungnyeo, the bear that became a woman and was mother to the founder of Gojoseon, Korea's first kingdom.
    Artio, a Celtic bear goddess (I can't find much about at the moment), evidence of her mostly being in and around what is now Bern (Switzerland), but it's interesting to note that her name (Gaulish for "bear" apparently), is sometimes theorized to be the root behind the name of King Arthur, and the whole "sleeping king" thing is played up a bit in the Gurahl tribe book.
    Lacplesis, the Latvian "bear slayer", who's mother was a bear and was the source of his superhuman strength.
    St. Corbinian, a 7th and 8th century Frankish bishop, was traveling to Rome when a bear killed his pack horse. Corbinian then commanded the bear to carry his stuff the rest of the way, then sent it back to it's forrest once he'd reached Rome. One could interpret this as a young Gurahl killing the horse then feeling guilty about it.
    Jean de l'Ours, or "John the Bear", is a French story from the Pyreness and Basque regions in the south west, about a man born to a woman and a bear, with some variations in the surrounding regions.
    Jambavana, the Hindu/Indian "King of Bears", created by Brahma to help Rama in his battle against Ravana, from the Ramayana.
    Nanook, the Inuit master of bears, lord of the hunt and punisher of those who violate taboos

    The bear has a huge place in the ancient religions and mythologies of pretty much every culture around the Arctic Circle - Finns, Sami, Siberian, Ainu, Innuit - but I can't find any specific stories at the moment.

    Serbian mythology/folklore has a sort of cave-dwelling goblin called a Bauk, which is believed to be derived from memories about bears, which are extinct in several parts of the region. You could tie that into European Garou/Shadow Lord ideas about the Gurahl.

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    • #3
      More folklore, there is:
      East of the Sun, West of the Moon
      Brown Bear of Norway
      White Bear King Valemon

      Also look in the books, Sacred Paw and Bear: the History of a Fallen King for more sources of stories. The second provides an excellent look at why the bear is so vilified and feared in modern Europe.
      Last edited by grimjaws; 10-16-2017, 07:58 AM.


      • #4
        Thanks. Both sound very helpful.