A Story a Day: Month Five

For this month, I wanted to read fairy tales and folklore from other countries (aside from one that is New Orleans based but is about voodoo). I found the stories below through the World Mythology and Folklore website. As with the previous four months, I have no idea what these stories are about – the goal is simply to experience new writing. Feel free to read along!

  1. The Vanishing Wife” from Notes on the Folklore of the Fjort by Richard Edward Dennett
  2. Story of the Tortoise and the Elephant
  3. A story about a chief” from Hausa Folk-Lore” by Maalam Shaihua (Translated by R. Sutherland Rattray) (Full disclosure – I’m severely arachnophobic, so “the origin of the spider” is definitely a step out of my comfort zone!)
  4. The Dance for Water or Rabbit’s Triumph” from South-African Folk-Tales by James A. Honey
  5. Tin City” from Drums and Shadowsby Georgia Writer’s Project
  6. The Children are Sent to Throw the Sleeping Sun Into the Sky” from Specimen of Bushman Folklore by W.H.I. Bleek and L.C. Lloyd
  7. Why Some Men are White and Some are Black” from Notes on the Folklore of the Fjort by Richard Edward Dennett
  8. Tiger Softens his Voice” from Jamaica Anansi Stories by Martha Warren Beckwith
  9. The Last of the Voudoos” from An American Miscellany by Lafcadio Hearn
  10. Buruldai Bogdo, No. I” from A Journey in Southern Siberia by Jeremiah Curtin
  11. The Woman Who Married the Moon and the Ke’le” from Chukchee Mythology by Waldemar Bogoras
  12. Story of Rostevan, King of Arabians” from The Man in the Panther’s Skin by Shot’ha Rust’haveli (Translated by Marjory Scott Wardrop)
  13. The Brother and Sister” from Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales by Ignácz Kúnos
  14. How the World was Made” from Philippine Folklore Stories by John Maurice Miller
  15. The Cony Who Got into Bad Company” from Tibetan Folk Tales by A.L. Shelton
  16. The Island of Women” from Aino Folk-Tales by Basil Hall Chamberlain
  17. Te Kanawa’s Adventure with a Troop of Fairies” from Polynesian Mythology & Ancient Traditional History of New Zealanders by Sir George Grey
  18. Legend of Kana and the Rescue of Hina” from Hawaiian Mythology by Martha Beckwith (navigate to page 383)
  19. The Samoan Story of CreationA ‘Tala’” from Journal of the Polynesian Society
  20. The Piper and the Púca” from Fairy and Folk Takes of Irish Peasantry edited and selected by W. B. Yeats
  21. A Cure for Storytelling” (pg 333) from Russian Folk-tales (in translation) by A. N. Afanas’ev
  22. The Flaming Horse” (pg 43) from Czechoslovak Fairy Tales retold by Parker Fillmore
  23. The Good Ferryman and the Water Nymphs” (pg 51) from Polish Fairy Tales translated from AJ Glinski by Maude Ashurst Biggs
  24. The Daughter of the Rose” from Roumanian Fairy Tales and Legends by E. B. Mawer
  25. The Wicked Stepmother” (pg 113) from Serbian Folk-lore selected and translated by Madam Csedomille Mijatovies
  26. Battle of the Owls” from Hawaiian Folk Tales by Thomas G. Thrum
  27. The Thirteenth Son of the King of Erin” from Myths and Folk-lore of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin
  28. The Fairy Harp” from The Welsh Fairy Book by W. Jenkyn Thomas
  29. The White Witch, or Charmer of Zennor” (Part One) from Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, Vol I by William Bottrell
  30. The White Witch, or Charmer of Zennor” (Part Two) from Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, Vol I by William Bottrell
  31. A Fairy Detected in Changing an Infant” from The Folk-Lore of the Isle of Man by A. W. Moore

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