Luke attempts to prove the relevancy of his folkloric knowledge by using it to analyze the lore of Pokemon! 🤣 

As today is the release date of the new games Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, we have decided to exploit the popularity of our favorite game franchise by discussing the intricate folkloric and biological motifs present throughout its character design and world building. 

Animism, ecology, yokai, fairy lore, ghost stories, cursed music, even child death… and subsequent resurrection! All of this and more, from an innocent media mogul you believed is just for little kids!


Huge THANK YOU!!! to Luke Greensmith of LukeLore Podcast for sitting down to chat about sentient garbage bags and eldritch abominations despite having a fever. Hopefully he doesn’t turn into a Yamask by release day ❤️

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Intro sampled from “Something strange lurks in the shadows” by Francisco Sánchez (@fanchisanchez)

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Vuk/Darwin, host of Tracing Owls Podcast. All-around trickster weirdo discussing biology, forteana, the paranormal and their intricate cultural nuances!