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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.
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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:
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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!
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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?
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neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eee :eager:

Ha!

Probably. But it'll take a while. OMG.
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you need help, I can do it? XD
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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neurotype Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
'Anansi Boys,' yeah.

OMG, this is awesome. Thanks :D
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