what to wear when…in a manchu fairy tale.
ᡠᠯᠠᠪᡠᠨ (傳記, ulabun) is a venerated manchu storytelling technique for recounting heroic tales…the manchus favored [the emergent and vulgar storytelling style of opera called] 弋阳腔 (yiyangqiang).
子弟書 (zidishu, bannermen tales) [is] a popular storytelling genre created by manchus…zidishu exemplified elements of manchu cultural hybridization in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, while at the same time performing and perpetuating manchu identity…the boundaries and themes of manchu literature were reshaped as bannermen writers became insiders in both manchu and chinese cultures…literally, zidi means “sons and younger brothers" and shu denotes "books" or "tales.”
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#also: ”the manchu are a chinese ethnic minority and the people from whom manchuria derives its name. they are often #known as ᡶᡠᠯᡤᡳᠶᠠᠨ ᠰᠣᡵᠰᠣᠨ ᠮᠠᠨᠵᡠ (红缨满洲 red-tasseled manchus) a reference to the ornamentation on traditional manchu hats… #ᠨᡳᠶᠠᠮᠨᡳᠶᠠᠨ (riding and archery) is significant to the manchu. they were well-trained horsemen…every spring and fall from ordinary manchus #to aristocrats all had to take a riding and archery test. their test results could even affect their rank in the nobility. [therefore horses #archery and hunting often feature in manchu fairy tales particularly as masculinity tests and competitions for the hands of princesses]… #as a result of their hunting ancestry manchus are traditionally interested in falconry… #ᠨᡳᠰᡠᠮᡝ ᡝᡶᡳᡵᡝ ᡝᡶᡳᠨ (ice skating) is another manchu pastime… #”zidishu sheds light on the role of manchu language in qing literature amateur theater in eighteenth-and nineteeth-century beijing #and the social and cultural relationships between manchu bannermenand the han chinese population.” #the tale of 從滿洲里魔術師 (teteke: a magician from manchuria) ”shows definite feminist aspects. #teteke has survived an abuse marriage manages to free herself of her husband’s still-angry spirit #then declares that she - going against all manchu principles - will live happily alone and unwed.” #other manchu tales include 百花張斯傑 (the flower-arranging fairy zhang the fourth) #饮水词 (drinking water) and 天游阁集 (the collection of tianyouge).
Burano, Italy. Island of Venice
A quiet, delightful island with picturesque pastel-colored houses.
Erutan ” For the Dancing and the Dreaming - HTTYD 2 ost”
You have the heart of a chief, and the soul of a dragon.
And with Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger.
FAIRY TALES MEME » LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Brothers Grimm
ONE DAY, Little Red Riding Hood’s mother said to her, “Take this basket of goodies to your grandma’s cottage, but don’t talk to strangers on the way!” Promising not to, Little Red Riding Hood skipped off. On her way she met the Big Bad Wolf who asked, “Where are you going, little girl?” “To my grandma’s, Mr. Wolf!” she answered. (x)
glass / bat for lashes
what to wear when…in a catalan fairy tale.
catalan fairy tales are full of references to the enclosed garden on an inaccessible island [with trees whose fruit gives its eaters immortality, supernatural strength, healing abilities, etc.]…by slaying [the dragon that guards this garden], one becomes a hero with special powers and gains the hand of the princess in marriage, along with the royal crown.
[catalan fairy tales are] inhabited by fabulous, chimerical creatures: dragons, monsters, giant worms, kicking mules, bulls, and other fire-spitting beasts…in fairy tales and legends, monsters terrorize towns and kingdoms, demanding tributes in the form of human victims, especially young virgins.
one of the most famous figures from the fairy tales of [catalonia] is john of the bear: the son of a pyreneean bear and a damsel, he becomes a hero…one of the most admired heroes is the knight saint george, who guided the catalan armies in the reconquest [and] gave battle to the to free a princess.
traditional catalan fairy tales start with formulas like “vet aquí que en aquell temps que les bèsties parlaven” (“behold, in those days the beasts talked”) or “vet aquí que en aquell temps del catorze vents que set eren bons i els altres set dolents” (“of the fourteen winds, seven were good and seven were bad”).
squeezed between more powerful france and spain, catalonia has endured a violent history…[the fairy tale tradition of] catalonia is a constant historical dialectic between the mountain temperament (a rural, farming culture; preserver of ancient traditions and resistant to attacks from outside) and the sea-faring temperament (a mercantile, bourgeois culture; liberal, dynamic, open to all that comes from abroad), with a moorish and hispanic influence.
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#also: ”catalonia is an old country [that] is situated in the east of the western mediterranean and the north of southern europe. #[it is] a crossroads between different worlds a melting-pot of races and cultures… #the country’s population has been shaped by successive waves of immigrants from the iberian tribes and #the celts from the north; greek sailors and traders; a long and profound romanization still present in the catalan language #and in the laws and the way of life of the society; the visigoths at the end of the roman empire; the moors; #the frankish reconquest that established the spanish march the origin of the catalan nation and so on. #in catalonia the three great abrahamic religions - judaism christianity and islam - lived a long and fertile coexistence. #massive waves of immigrants succeeded one another…we could talk of catalan mythology then as a confluence of different mythologies #legends and cultural traditions which while recognizing the plurality of its origins as its wealth values its own differentiated identity… #[the fairy tale tradition] of the catalans has been gradually built up enriched expressed and transmitted through the centuries #by tradition from generation to generation. it forms an inextricable fabric in which different threads and patterns are mixed… #a host of legends tell of the mythical formation of mountains and rocks of caves islands lakes of rivers and springs… #the land - the landscape - has magical sacred connotations. even the ancient oak groves are natural sanctuaries… #most legendary heroes refer to the beginnings of the history of catalonia [such as] otger cataló and the nine barons of fame… #king james the conqueror who pioneered catalan rule in the mediterranean is also surrounded by an aura of legend.” #”the first traces of the [sleeping beauty] plot in literature appear in the 14th-century catalan novel frayre de joy et sor de plaser.” #”catalonia has a rich and varied catalan fairy tale heritage…rondalles meravelloses (wonder tales) [are] the most common #most popular type of rondalla (story) and as the name indicates usually involve elements of magic… #there are fables like el patufet and les cabretes i el llop (the billy goats and the wolf).” #”language is a salient element of national identity in spain particularly in bilingual regions such as catalonia… #the strong connection between the catalan language and catalan identity and the implications #of the use of either language in catalonia are key in the construction of national character.”
5 Enchanted Objects - [The Red Shoes]
“Dance you shall,” said he, “dance in your red shoes till you are pale and cold, till your skin shrivels up and you are a skeleton! Dance you shall, from door to door, and where proud and wicked children live you shall knock, so that they may hear you and fear you! Dance you shall, dance—!”
“Mercy!” cried Karen. But she did not hear what the angel answered, for the shoes carried her through the gate into the fields, along highways and byways, and unceasingly she had to dance.
My greatest misfortune would be to marry into a family who would carry me as their shame.
"I’d rather die today than live another day of this death! Who will ride with me? Who will be my brother?"
She flung down her dress among the others, took off her underthings and held them up and with a joyful laugh let the wind snatch them out of her hand, and then she was just flesh and fur and flying hair, unworried by the cold; uncluttered by the trappings of land-clothing. - from The Brides of Rollrock Island, by Margo Lanagan
HERE COME THE WAVES - a playlist about ill-fated love between land folk and selkies.
i. seal jubilee - bat for lashes // ii. swimming - abel korzeniowski // iii. white waves - shearwater // iv. fire snakes - laura veirs // v. landscape - florence + the machine // vi. she cries your name - beth orton // vii. flickers - son lux // viii. rocks and water - deb talan // ix. mermaid blues - tom mcrae // x. the waves have come - chelsea wolfe // xi. lille - lisa hannigan
get to know me meme [1/5] movies | stoker
“we don’t need to be friends. we’re family.”
FAIRY TALES MEME » CINDERELLA by Brothers Grimm
ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a widower who remarried. His second wife was ill-natured, and she had two daughters who were just as unpleasant as their mother. The man had a beautiful, gentle daughter of his own, and she was soon to become the servant of her evil step-mother and step-sisters. They made her do all the chores around the house, and she was named Cinderella, after the cinders she swept out of the fireplace. (Full Summary Here)