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A mysterious quartet of haiku, taken together they describe a single figure.

When my life began
inside the superlative
city of angels

When the seed was placed
by a son of the entombed
a swine most untamed

With my brothers' help
in the centre protected
I formed a new land

My marriage a curse
among polite company
she's actually great

Hint:

The myth in question is not Greco-Roman, and the choice of Haiku should not be considered a clue, it is purely stylistic.

Hint 2:

The third haiku is likely to provide the biggest clue as to which Mythology we're in.

A fifth Haiku was found, this just grows mysteriouser and mysteriouser.

From your home to mine
there's a rainbow connection
where the rhyme doubles

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  • $\begingroup$ from history or more recent times? $\endgroup$ – WeShall Oct 14 '16 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ @WeShall I'm not sure what you're asking, exactly, so I'll just state that the word Myth in the title should not be construed as misleading. The rest of the title, however, was blatantly stolen from Robert Asprin's fine book of the same name. $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Oct 14 '16 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ That was to get an idea on women from what era should I Google :) $\endgroup$ – WeShall Oct 14 '16 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ Is this describing a real person, or a mythological figure? $\endgroup$ – Leafy Greens Oct 15 '16 at 20:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Sid Is that a real question? There's a whole bunch of different types. Egyptian is pretty widely-known and was the focus of Stargate, Marvel has been using Norse in comic books for ages, and I beleive Celtic mythology influences the show Merlin. Elements of Shinto are present in several Anime, and I believe most people have been exposed to at least pieces of both Abrahamic and Hindu mythologies. $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Oct 16 '16 at 14:25
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There are lots of bits I can't make work, but the fourth and fifth haiku seem to point strongly to

Odin, from Norse mythology.

My marriage a curse
among polite company
she's actually great

Odin's wife is called Frigg, which sounds like a slightly-rude word in English (and one which is sometimes used as a partially-minced version of a much ruder word). The last line might reflect (1) the fact that Frigg is an important and powerful goddess or (2) the fact that her name means something like "beloved".

From your home to mine
there's a rainbow connection
where the rhyme doubles

A rainbow connection between (it seems) two worlds? That sounds an awful lot like Bifröst, whose first two letters are suggestive of doubling. (The rhyme? Well, Robert Frost was a poet.)

I'm having enough trouble fitting any of the first three haiku to this that I suspect it's wrong, but maybe I'm missing some important things. Still, let me say what little I can about them. Credit to Angzuril for most of this (some bits I'd thought of but not clearly enough, and rejected).

When my life began
inside the superlative
city of angels

Presumably this is Asgard, though an aes isn't exactly an angel and a gard isn't exactly a city.

When the seed was placed
by a son of the entombed
a swine most untamed

Angzuril suggests awfully plausibly that this is a reference to Borr (which sounds kinda like "boar"), whose father entered the world by being liberated from a block of ice.

With my brothers' help
in the centre protected
I formed a new land

I suppose this must be Midgard, (mid=centre, gard=guard=protected) but "gard" doesn't really mean protected and even "guard" dooesn't (it means "protect" or "protector"). Was Midgard formed by Odin and his brothers? I am far from an expert on this stuff, but everything I've seen so far suggests that the main thing Odin and his brothers did together was to fight one another. ... Oh, but now that I look up Borr I see that the Voluspa says that Midgard was created by "his sons", so fair enough.

(After that I'm a bit more convinced than I was before.)

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  • $\begingroup$ I think your answer is correct, and just beat my own $\endgroup$ – Angzuril Oct 20 '16 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ I can't see what else it could be. But those first three stanzas all seem like stretches to me. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 20 '16 at 20:58
  • $\begingroup$ Rhymes, by Frost as well as doubled rime(frost); The first stanza was intended to reference his mother. The man encased in ice, who fathered Borr was named Buri, by the way. So it also sort of worked two ways. $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Oct 20 '16 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ Best-LA. Oh my word. (And I completely missed rhyme=rime.) Incidentally, anyone inclined to upvote my answer here should go and upvote Angzuril's as well, or instead. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 20 '16 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ My, my. I spent a bunch of time thinking about "be-LA-st" or "besLAt". Should've just Googled BestLA! $\endgroup$ – Dan Russell Oct 21 '16 at 2:09
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My Answer:

Odin

When my life began
inside the superlative
city of angels

Least sure about this,but likely refers to Asgard

When the seed was placed
by a son of the entombed
a swine most untamed

Odin's father is Bor (swine) and his father was uncovered from ice for his birth

With my brothers' help
In the centre protected
I formed a new land

Odin and his brothers created Midgard (which is at the center of Norse mythology)

My marriage a curse
Among polite company
She's actually great

Odin's wife is typically Frigg, which sounds like what some people would say instead of a more common F expletive.

From your home to mine
there's a rainbow connection
where the rhyme doubles

The connection between Asgard (home of the Aesir (Gods)) and Midgard is the Bifrost, a rainbow bridge.

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I believe we may be speaking about:

Rama and more generally Vishnu.

When my life began
inside the superlative
city of angels

Bangkok, or "กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยามหาดิลก ภพนพรัตน์ ราชธานีบุรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์ มหาสถาน อมรพิมาน อวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยะ วิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์". From here: "In the official English romanisation, this is certified as the longest place name in the world in the Guinness book of records. It's pronounced something like: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit"

And means:

The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.

When the seed was placed
by a son of the entombed
a swine most untamed

Mohini (seed), Varaha (boar)

With my brothers' help
in the centre protected
I formed a new land

His brother in his incarnation as Rama was Lakshmana

My marriage a curse
among polite company
she's actually great

"His wife Sita is considered by Hindus to be an avatar of Lakshmi and the embodiment of a great woman."

If I'm on the right track, I believe there's a considerable amount left to do. I am still looking through most of it.

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  • $\begingroup$ A good guess, but this doesn't fit the haiku particularly well. $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Oct 20 '16 at 14:21
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Tentative answer:

Hades/Pluto

When my life began
inside the superlative
city of angels

'city of angels' if we stretch it a little, could be olympus, land of the gods. Hades doesn't actually live there though, see stanza 3.

When the seed was placed
by a son of the entombed
a swine most untamed

?????? this stanza stumps me. Entombed kind of fits though.

With my brothers' help
In the centre protected
I formed a new land

Perhaps the underworld is the 'centre' of the earth? That would be his new land.

My marriage a curse
Among polite company
She's actually great

I mostly guessed this because this last stanza reminds me a lot of Persephone and how she is 'cursed' to spend half her year in the underworld with Hades, although compared to most greek gods, they're marriage is very stable and healthy.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not a terrible guess, but not what I was going for. Note the wordplay tag $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Oct 14 '16 at 16:03
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Quartet 2

When the seed was placed by a son of the entombed, a swine most untamed

Heracles
son of a mortal - Alcmene and related to a untamed swine - Erymanthian Boar

Quartet 3

With my brothers' help in the center protected I formed a new land

Zeus
created the island of - Delos with the help from his brother - Poseidon

Quartet 4

My marriage a curse among polite company. She's actually great

Leto
Was cursed for accidentally catching the eyes of Zeus and was banned from giving birth on land or sea. Actually she is mother of - Apollo and Artemis

Not able to get a good context for the Quartet 1 but based on the above 3 people, I guess you are...

Hera
Wife of - Zeus
One who cursed - Leto
And step mother of - Heracles

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  • $\begingroup$ You've got one of the clues partially right, but mostly you're well off-base $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Oct 16 '16 at 14:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Sconibulus, will start over. I would not have read about the above characters in detail if not for this riddle. The journey is the reward. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – WeShall Oct 16 '16 at 16:29

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