Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login

Folk and Fairy Tales

Wed May 14, 2014, 3:07 PM
I saw three ads today for Disney's 'Maleficent,' and it got me reminiscing about all the folk/fairytales I read through high school, and trying to figure out what in the hell a dude with owl eyes, lustful monks, and all sorts of generally stupid, greedy, or horny people were supposed to be teaching me about life. I mean...don't sew? Invite evil fairies to your birthday? Don't let a stranger impregnate you while you're comatose? WTF, Sleeping Beauty....

Fortunately, one of the first things I learned in my Ancient Myth class was that, regardless of Levi-Strauss' memetics, sometimes a story is just a story. And stories are meant to be entertaining.

So, enjoy.


Anansi by trowicia


Coyote Steals Fire by Freha


Falada by shades-of-jade


Vampire by wanderingnobody



The Bridge of Birds by meihua



Ainu Creation Story 1 by BigFace



The Snow Queen.3. by smokepaint


If you're wondering about the sometimes less-than-PC, definitely archaic wording of these tales, please check out the Index at the top of each linked page for more information.

image courtesy of fetishfaerie-stock skin by neurotype
Just for fun! If you like, please favorite. I'm vaguely considering Irish, West/East African, Classical, Norse, Buddhist, Polynesian next, but oh man this took a while to put together.

I read most of the linked stories in more recent print transcriptions. Those don't tend to be freely sourced online, but libraries are an excellent starting point. The 200s section, if I recall correctly, although there's a little bit outside there, too.


To the artists: thanks for uploading your wonderful work, if you don't want it in this feature please let me know and it'll be removed ASAP.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I recently fell in love with Brazilian Mythology though I admit that a lot of it is strangely ecologically or socially conscious & ends with people paying for misdeeds in some messed up ways. The Iara myths are my personal favorites though the ones about Saci-perere, Boto, Caipora, Curupira, the headless mule and the ghost of the slave boy who helps people look for lost things are pretty cool too. :la:
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To be fair, they do have the Amazon ;p

Haha, paying for misdeeds in horrible ways seems pretty par for the course.

Ooooo thanks!
Reply
:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So true~the majority of the stories I mentioned have either Amazonic or Yoruba roots btw.

"Piss off a dolphin & you'll have a deformed or retarded baby", "if you're a woman who's committed adultery-you'll lose your soul & roam the roads as a headless mule", "cutting down too many trees or hunting too many small cute animals? Expect to get lost in woods or turned into one of said small cute animals", "see a pretty girl in the river? She'll drag you down into the murky depths of hell but if she likes you, she'll give you all the earthly pleasures but then get all depressed when she outlives you by hundreds of years."

There's so much material. XD

You're welcome~anyways, gonna do any more of these?
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eee :eager:

Ha!

Probably. But it'll take a while. OMG.
Reply
:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you need help, I can do it? XD
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: If you want to do one, you're more than welcome to! There's plenty I don't know, after all.
Reply
:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, tell yo babiez what they want as a theme & I'll put one up each week for the rest of the summer.
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All the things. ALL OF THEM. :eager:

Seriously, you can see the list I was gonna cover next in the comments on this thing!
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconsevenofeleven:
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Niel Gaiman did a book on Anansi, I think.

Fairytales reference a deep part of us.
Artists can show glimpses.

Cool topic.

Maybe you can add this person's work to the next fairytales/folk tales?
I kept the link because it made a good beginning for a story.
nawaf-alhmeli.deviantart.com/a…
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
'Anansi Boys,' yeah.

OMG, this is awesome. Thanks :D
Reply
:iconcassy-blue:
Cassy-Blue Featured By Owner May 16, 2014   General Artist
The goose girl was one of my favorites growing up. I always liked the bloody ones. Please do Irish next :la: that' like my favorite folklore of all time, selkies, pucas, beansidhe, and more oh my! Polynesian fairytales are cool too.

Someone tried to get the Red Shoes removed from the children's collection at my library because of the ending. It was so dumb because that's a classic fairytale and a lot fairytales and folktales are grim and dark. And yet no one complains about the porn manga in the teen section :/ Just the  fairytales that honestly aren't that bad in terms of gore compared to some of the other stuff in the children's section (*cough*Song of the Lioness Quartet *cough*)
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:la: If you've got any recommendations, I dun mind!

The one where the girl ends up dancing to death (well either that or the variation where the priest blesses them off), or am I thinking of the wrong thing? Anyway...yeah, haha, they have Ranma and nudity everywhere! I never thought Pierce was especially gory, but she definitely doesn't pull punches.
Reply
:iconcassy-blue:
Cassy-Blue Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   General Artist
Yep, it's that one. Tamora Pierce is fine for teens, but I picked her up when I was nine and loved her books. I just really remember the one scene where she describes the shattering of a skull during an axe battle. Sometimes the people complain about the darnest things and it really makes me just face palm, one lady who wanted was reading stuff in the children's section and declared there was too much magic in the magic tree house books. I was like, um......ok, what did you expect?

Some of my favorites are Cuchulain, Etain, Grainne and Dairmuid, Lugh vs. Balor, and the selkie fairytale. There's a version that I really like that was retold in a fairytale anthology that I want to say was by DK for kids that collected fairytales around the world. It was almost like an eyewitness book but for fairytales because it had the story beautifully illustrated and then on the sides little blurbs giving historical and cultural background to the stories. As for mytical creatures  you have beansidhe (banshees), selkies of course, kelpies, granacagh (they're like the lovechild of a siren and vampire), leannan si (muses), and more. That's what I can think of off the top of my head.
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I read her in fifth grade cause the series was super popular then. (But I grew up on some pretty violent shit, so it was the - le gasp - sex that dropped my jaw.) Also...wat :stare:

Oooooh poor Diarmuid. That shit was a mess...not Finn's finest moment at all. And, that sounds fun!
Reply
:iconcassy-blue:
Cassy-Blue Featured By Owner May 20, 2014   General Artist
I picked her up when I was nine. I loved her books, but the steamy scenes went over my head. Though the part with periods made me go wtf. I know. Sometimes I just wonder what people expect when they pick up a book with "magic" in the title >.>
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh.

Haha, yeah.
Reply
:icon0bsidianfire:
0bsidianFire Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I read tonnes of fairy tales and folk tales when I was a kid. While I didn't watch a lot of Disney princess movies, I did read a lot of original fairy tales. I find it's kind of sad how now the cliched fairy tale is the one where the prince goes to fight the bad guy to save the princess when the original stories where so much more nuanced. Another modern pet-peeve is when all the non-human supernatural stuff is out to get normal humans. And modern vampires... I read Dracula when I was in Jr. High... not impressed on how they've gone.
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To be fair, bad things tend to pretty consistently happen to bad people in the end!

Yeah, I don't like that stories' only interactions with the supernatural is conflict. I guess there's paranormal romance, but even that....

TBH I like that vampires are so easy to reinvent. I mean, the way old ones just wouldn't be appealing anymore.
Reply
:icon0bsidianfire:
0bsidianFire Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh! Forgot something!

There's a great webcomic out there called Erstwhile that tells lots of the less famous Grimm's tales. And the art-styles are gorgeous! Link: www.erstwhiletales.com/
Reply
:icontuesdaynightcompany:
TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I was obsessed with fairy tales when I was a kid.  Native American stories were awesome.  Grimm tales were... grim.  I was mega-depressed after "The Little Mermaid"... no one likes to be told the heroine gets death and soulless oblivion as a reward for doing the right thing.  "The Little Match Girl" made me cry... of course, I was the same age as her when I read that.  I didn't know kids could die in stories.
Native American stories told me if you're going to make/handle trouble, you'd better be clever and brave.
Grimm Fairy Tales taught me that shit happens and then you die.  (Such dubious morals in some of those stories...)
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo. And hey, if good children smile and don't cry, she gets to go to heaven eventually P:

Haha, seriously. Little Match Girl and Little Mermaid are Andersen, though!
Reply
:icontuesdaynightcompany:
TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
D'oh!
Reply
:iconrhynwilliams:
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner May 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
I love the story of Mabinogi, an old welsh tale
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not familiar (unless I know it by a different name), I'll look it up. Thanks!
Reply
:iconrhynwilliams:
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner May 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
there is a movie on youtube, 'mabinogi 2002' it's an english manga version.. it looks good but because I speak welsh and because it's a welsh story it doesn't fit in my head :p
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh o:
Reply
:iconmormonbookworm:
mormonbookworm Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
As a myth nerd, I'm always looking for more of them to read. (Or really anything related to them...)
Please do keep going! If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know!
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You'rewelcome to run with it, haha. Or suggest things; I've not read everything!
Reply
:iconmormonbookworm:
mormonbookworm Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What cultures have you read?
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All that I know of, barring some smaller tribes. The phase lasted six years and I had a lot of free time for three of them.
Reply
:iconmormonbookworm:
mormonbookworm Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, I wish I could do that!
Next question is, do you have much from the US? I noticed the Coyote's stories, but being an ex-army brat, and therefore having lived a lot of places, I know that the US has a rich history of storytelling/folktales.
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can, you just have to prioritize.

Personally? A bit. Not a ton. But yeah, the various Native American cultures have all got their own myth systems.
Reply
:iconmormonbookworm:
mormonbookworm Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I live in the Appalachian Mountains, and these people have their own folk histories. I love it!
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh awesome! Got any particularly unique ones to share?
Reply
(1 Reply)
:icongillianivy:
GillianIvy Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do so love fairy tales ;D  I've only read the Snow Queen.  Which is a popular one to revision.  I actually liked the Bridget Fonda movie from forever ago.  (even though she cannot act her way out of a paper bag)
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is! Much easier to find art for than the others. Hopefully this will get people to make some more, haha.

Oh what, never heard of this o:
Reply
:icongillianivy:
GillianIvy Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo. Thanks!
Reply
:icongillianivy:
GillianIvy Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For a made for TV movie, it really wasn't bad either.  Sometimes you can find some fun movies.  I worked at a video store when I happened upon that one.  I watched close to 5 movies per week.  I worked there for about 3 years.  Granted, some I returned unwatched or re-rented, so maybe my average was closer to 3/week.  But still...  That's more than 400 movies in the time I worked there.  My rental privs allowed for 2 per shift.  And I was the manager, I worked 5+ shifts a week.  I could have watched so many more.  Granted, I didn't have time to watch them, my roommates benefited from it more than I did.  Randall from Clerks was my hero.  That skit was so funny to me.  The company I worked at has folded a lot now.  I don't know how many stores remain.  I was at store #3, and it closed down.  I was also the least paid and only female manager.  :|  Horrible company.  I loved my customers though, I was like a movie bartender.  I advised them on movies (we were all critics) and they told me their life stories every week.  
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoooa sounds like an adventure! Not always a good one, but still.
Reply
:icondenisecroy:
DeniseCroy Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fairy tales are wonderful. And I agree, sometimes you just have to let yourself go and enjoy the piece ! <3 Lately I've been very interested in the anthropological aspect of myths/legends/fairy tales. BOOKS. I MUST FIND BOOKS.

Thank you for sharing the wonderful artwork.
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Anthropology is awesome! :D
Reply
:icondenisecroy:
DeniseCroy Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It IS! And sociology and ethnology and ... and... you know, all sciences XD
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Soft and hard!
Reply
:icondenisecroy:
DeniseCroy Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yup.
Reply
:iconsquirodite:
Squirodite Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
i love the snow queen piece
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
Reply
:iconpoesdaughter:
PoesDaughter Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Writer
You know me, I love the Trickster folk tales the best. Anansi is a good one, as are Coyote and Raven. Here's a fun fact: Anansi originated in Africa but was brought to America by the slaves, and over time he became Aunt Nancy. Another fun fact? Brer Rabbit is a blend of Cherokee and African slave Trickster myths.

You know who wrote some good modern day Trickster myths? Flannery O'Conner. I suspect her Southern heritage probably played a part in that. The other one I know off the top of my head is Joyce Carol Oates.
Reply
:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes!

I've never heard of Aunt Nancy, actually. I almost put a Brer Rabbit in this, I hear he's really a hare.

Oh awesome thank you. I'll move them up my reading list.
Reply
:iconpoesdaughter:
PoesDaughter Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Writer
Hare, rabbit, he's still a Trickster :)

I looked at a lot of Flannery O'Conner and Joyce Carol Oates when I was doing a conference paper and presentation on the Devil as a Trickster, and how he shows up in different stories (though not necessarily named as "the Devil"). I looked at the Joker in "The Dark Knight" for that as well. Trust me, dude. Watch that movie and specifically look for references to the Devil, particularly from the Book of Job. Your mind will be blown. I stumbled onto that by accident and it was like finding a pirate's gold. I've never been more excited about a term paper in my life.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×

:iconneurotype: More from neurotype


Featured in Collections

News and Journals by Nichrysalis

Journals by DrippingWords

Journals by SavageFrog


More from DeviantArt



Details

Submitted on
May 14, 2014
Submitted with
Sta.sh Writer
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
2,504 (1 today)
Favourites
46 (who?)
Comments
79
×