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)
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.
"I’d rather die today than live another day of this death! Who will ride with me? Who will be my brother?"
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)
↳ The Little Mermaid set in JapanNothing gave the youngest princess such pleasure as to hear about the world of human beings up above them. Her old grandmother had to tell her all she knew about ships and cities, and of people and animals. What seemed nicest of all to her was that up on land the flowers were fragrant, for those at the bottom of the sea had no scent.
what to wear when…in a belizean fairy tale.
examples: dribala drabum ba blad (three drops of blood), da story ba bunggawa canek en kwin nicte-ha (the story of king canek and princess nicte-ha), los hermanos engañados duende tata (how the brothers fooled tata duende)
[belizean fairy tales] reflect the fascinating cultural diversity of belize. these stories of supernatural occurrences, entertaining tricksters, and mythical animals have roots that extend centuries back into africa, the ancient maya kingdom, and europe. in belize, they have now coalesced and evolved into a truly unique [fairy tale tradition] that testifies to the emergence of a national cultural identity…in belize, the telling of anancy stories and kriol proverbs have a strong tradition.
the hashishi pampi [are] small, harmless creatures who are found wherever milpas are burnt and in the pine ridge areas, where forest fires frequently occur. they are ashen in color…stories of hashishi pampi are prominent among rural belizeans, who tell of seeing them wriggling or rubbing their bodies in the warm ashes of a fire hearth…hashishi pampi were also seen by loggers and chicleros.
in belizean villages, such as san jose succotz, the cadejo is said to have the hooves of a goat, the horns of a bull, and the tail of a puma or lion; and its flaming eyes and foaming mouth give it an aura of evil. stories of the cadejo are told among the maya in belizean villages.
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#”many supernatural beings are part of the folklore. greasy man lives in abandoned houses… the mayans contributed #the belief in four-fingered little people of the jungle the duende. any person meeting one must give a four-fingered salute #hiding the thumb. the duende can cause disease but placing gourds of food for them in a doorway will prevent an epidemic. #they can capture people and drive them mad. but they can also grant wishes…xtabay is a lovely maiden who leads men astray in the forest.” #”best described as a large hair gorilla with a head much like a human’s sisimito is a character that spans the tales #of many of belize’s ethnic groups including the garinagu…tales of the sisimito were told in the camps by the mahogany cutters.” #”other characters of kriol folklore include tata duhende warrie master and jacko lantern.” #”the principle context of [belizean mayan storytelling] is the world of physical labor especially work that is of long duration #or is particularly mind-numbing or arduous. in the work setting the storyteller provides relief from the tedium of the task at hand #and at the same time helps to set the pace of the effort. many of the tales woven in such circumstances are those likely to be found #among any group of males with a broad spectrum of shared experience: stories of hunting luck rather than prowess #may dominate one session whereas the focus may be on the vagaries of slash-and-burn agriculture #and the risks to life and limb inherent in work with an ax and machete in places often far from home.”
FAIRY TALES MEME » THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen
ONCE UPON A TIME, there lived a wicked goblin who built a magic mirror. Anything that was beautiful or good was reflected in it as ugly and bad. One day, the mirror broke and all its pieces fell all over the earth. A few pieces also fell in a small town where two friends named Kay and Gerda lived … The Snow Queen’s palace was made out of ice. It was cold and dark, and no one except the Snow Queen lived in it. One day, she challenged Kay to spell the word “Eternity” from assorted alphabets, all made of ice, and promised him his freedom in return… Just then Gerda arrived and seeing her long-lost friend she cried out in joy and embraced him. Just as her warm tears fell on his hard cheeks Kay felt his cold heart begin melting. He recognized Gerda and wept aloud. Suddenly, a teardrop fell on the alphabets and they spelt out the word “Eternity.”
John Bauer, Agneta and The Sea King, Swedish Folktales.
This has a beautiful story that goes with it, with the sea king trying to convince her to just take his hand and she’ll become the water queen and have mermaids in waiting and pearls in her hair
and she does not reach out
because she knows that he is the king of an underworld and he’ll take her down into the cold dark depths
and she won’t return
Who does this castle belong to?
Everything here belongs to me.
You sound like every other man. It’s pretty disappointing.
FAIRY TALES MEME » SNOW WHITE by The Brothers Grimm
ONCE UPON A TIME, there lived a lovely princess with fair skin and blue eyes. She was so fair that she was named Snow White. Her mother died when Snow White was a baby and her father married again. This queen was very pretty but she was also very cruel. The wicked stepmother wanted to be the most beautiful lady in the kingdom and she would often ask her magic mirror, “Mirror! Mirror on the wall! Who is the fairest of them all?” And the magic mirror would say, “You are, Your Majesty!” But one day, the mirror replied, “Snow White is the fairest of them all!” The wicked queen was very angry and jealous of Snow White. She ordered her huntsman to take Snow White to the forest and kill her. “I want you to bring back her heart,” she ordered. But when the huntsman reached the forest with Snow White, he took pity on her and set her free. He killed a deer and took its heart to the wicked queen and told her that he had killed Snow White. Snow White wandered in the forest all night, crying. (Full Summary Here)
It’s not so bad, my darling. Being dead. It’s like being alive, only colder. Things taste less. They feel less. You forget, little by little, who you were. - Catherynne M. Valente
❖ for my sophia ❖
HIDDEN UNDER LOCK AND KEY - SONGS FOR BLUEBEARD’S LATE WIVES
i. shankill butchers - sarah jarosz // ii. the master’s house - alexandre desplat // iii. bird song - florence + the machine // iv. flesh and blood - the waifs // v. devil’s resting place - laura marling // vi. secret garden - patrick wolf // vii o master - susanne sundfør // viii dig a grave - dark dark dark // ix the ghost who walks - karen elson // x dance of death - andrew bird // xi bang bang (feat. 2 cellos) - sky ferreira // xii identity tokens - rasputina // xiii keeley - emily jane white
Snow White and The Huntsman (2012)
FAIRY TALES MEME » THE LITTLE MERMAID by hans christian andersen
THE LITTLE MERMAID asks her grandmother if humans can live forever if they could breathe under water. The grandmother explains that humans have a much shorter lifespan than merfolks’ 300 years, but that when mermaids die they turn to sea foam and cease to exist, while humans have an eternal soul that lives on in Heaven. The Little Mermaid, longing for the prince and an eternal soul, eventually visits the Sea Witch, who sells her a potion that gives her legs in exchange for her tongue (as the Little Mermaid has the most enchanting and beautiful voice in the world). The Sea Witch warns, however, that once she becomes a human, she will never be able to return to the sea. Drinking the potion will make her feel as if a sword is being passed through her, yet when she recovers she will have two beautiful legs, and will be able to dance like no human has ever danced before. However, it will constantly feel like she is walking on sharp knives. As a result, her feet bleed most terribly. In addition, she will only obtain a soul if she finds true love’s kiss and if the prince loves her and marries her, for then a part of his soul will flow into her. Otherwise, at dawn on the first day after he marries another woman, the Little Mermaid will die brokenhearted and disintegrate into sea foam. [Full Summary Here]