Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
I got a really weird one for you on this fine Monday. It's the Japanese myth of the fire spirit/diety, Kagutsuchi.
During his birth, he was so hot and fiery, his mother, Izanami, was burned during the delivery. Even though she was also a deity, he died. Kagutsuchi's father, Izanagi, in a fit of anger and madness, beheaded his child. Yeah. That's right. He beheaded his newborn son and then chopped him up into eight pieces.
Izanagi then went to the underworld to be with his wife, who also
Meanwhile, the eight pieces of Kagutsuchi's body each became a volcano. The blood dripping from Izanagi's sword also spawned other deities including the rain and sea gods.
Kagutsuchi is depicted in several different ways in Japanese cartoons and comics. He's sometimes a powerful looking dude on fire, other times, he's a fire breathing dragon.