It wouldn’t do me much good to be afraid, would it?
It took me ages, but I did it. I did a poster featuring the lads and ladies known as composers and collectors of fairy tales, and rulers of my heart. *laughs*
My two favorite things about this is that Collodi (creator of The Adventures of Pinocchio) looks like a Disney villain and that Scheherazade is front and center. I know she isn’t a real person, but she represents all the people who participated to the creation of the 1001 nights.
This was used as an update in our Namesake guest week. Seemed à propos considering the comic’s plot.
allusions and references to biblical, talmudic, haggadic, and medieval themes, figures, and ideas are commonplace in these stories…yet the stories represent not only continuity but discontinuity in tradition…the dispersion of the jews among the nations through forced exile and natural migration has steadily expanded the themes and forms…this reciprocal process [of transmission] occurred intensely among the jews and is a distinguishing characteristic of jewish folklore…the experience of exile - living as an ethnic minority among other peoples - has had a major part in shaping jewish narrative traditions…the creative nature of storytelling notwithstanding, the tales in these volumes have a summative quality. they conclude an era in jewish culture, representing traditions of communities that are no longer. their narrators are immigrants or survivors of war, shaped by…catastrophic consequences and dramatic renewal of jewish life…common themes recur. the themes are forged by similar social experiences and recurrent references to canonic traditions, rituals, religious beliefs and observations, social organization, and systems of value, ideas, and practices. [jewish fairy tales] become literary, historical, and ethnic manifestations that, their diversity and conflicting trends notwithstanding, share a core literary tradition that make jewish societies not just imagined communities, but a community of shared imagination.
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Bande-annonce for La Belle et la Bête
Friendly reminder that the Russian animation company, Wizart, made a film called “The Snow Queen” with only a budget of $7 million.
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La belle & la bête (2014)
I’ve been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky.
what to wear when…in a tunisian fairy tale.examples: sabra وزوجها gadanfar الذي كان أسد (sabra and her lion-husband gadanfar), وفاة أبي nowas وزوجتهg (the death of abu nowas and of his wife), قصة حب غريبة من gador وbaya (the strange love story of gador and baya)
[tunisian] female storytellers reclaim and reconstruct the figure of the patient wife to combat discourses that undermine women’s agency and sense of power…thematically, the story of the [fairy tale motif of the patient wife] is this: a wife endures silently her husband’s cruelty for many years while he deprives her of her family and friends, her children, and even her position as wife. when she finally speaks out, he praises her patience, recognizes her as his wife, and reunites her with her children, now grown…[in the west,] the griselda tale fits the medieval patriarchal paradigm and we can easily read this story as reinforcing normative values and aiming at the domestication and repression of women [but] the motif of the patient wife, as received by the north african audience, is heard differently…[variants found in الجمهورية التونسية and المغرب] often emphasize the patient wife’s role in reforming her husband, preserving the family, and thereby restoring order to their marriage and her life [and] emphasizes the husband’s reform and domestication in his devotion to sabra. whereas at the beginning of the tale both husband and wife are fragmented, the tale ends with two complete humans collaborating in creating a family…the narrator of the sabra tale might choose to position patience and humility as virtues…this emphasis on patience and its practice represents a difference between the cultures…in arabic, connotations of the noun sabr (patience) include composure, equanimity, steadfastness, firmness, self-control, self-command, self-possession, perseverance, endurance, and hardiness, reflecting the actively resistant potential of patience. in muslim arabic [fairy tales], the discourse of patience and resistance transcends the boundaries of gender to become the ultimate principle of life, weaving the fabric of community and providing a model for all to follow.
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7 Villains - [7/7] Evil Fairy from “Sleeping Beauty”
“The oldest Fairy’s turn coming next, with a head shaking more with spite than age, she said, that the Princess should have her hand pierced with a spindle, and die of the wound. This terrible gift made the whole company tremble, and every body fell a-crying.”
examples: the art of netting learned by kahukura from the fairies, tawhaki’s wonderful climb to the heavens, the story of miru and hine-rangi
the māori’s rich store of fairy legend and wonder tales [contain] endless folk-talk about the supernatural, the sprites of the woods, the elusive patu-paiarehe, the mysterious wild men of the mountains, the strange spirits that haunt great pools at river-sources, and streams, and lakes…the dense and thickly-matted character of the new zealand forest, with a closely-woven roof of foliage through which the sunshine was filtered to a twilight, in the inner sanctuaries of the wao-tapu-nui-a-tane, made strong impression on the imaginative māori mind…the conjecture-provoking sounds heard in the forest in the quiet of the night, noises known to those who have bivouacked much in the high woods, heightened the popular belief in the existence of fairy folk…there are many points of likeness between the māori traditional accounts of the patu-paiarehe and kindred beings and the fairies of irish tales…there are many such parallels in the folk-beliefs of these far-sundered, poetic peoples. but the faerie lore of the new zealand forests, hills, and streams has a character all its own, developed by centuries of close contact with nature in a very beautiful and wonderful environment.
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also: ”one should be familiar with important concepts [to understand maori fairy tales]. these are the concepts of mana tapu #(and its counterpart noa) and utu…mana embodies the concepts of self-esteem and status. tapu in essence means sacred or forbidden #to break tapu or cause someone’s mana to be reduced would at the very least create a collective imbalance [which] would require restoration #and this was often achieved through utu or reciprocation which in its negative sense could be described as revenge. #to non-māori many of the acts of revenge portrayed in the myths and legends may seem cruel callous and out of proportion #to the injustice they were meant to correct. in much of the literature the heroic deeds of men are given the most attention. #often inherent in such deeds are acts of violence deceit cunning and revenge. incidents of wife-stealing murder and cannibalism occur often #many of the heroes are not pure or righteous beings. they exhibit a darker side found to some extent in all people… #maui the prankster whilst being one of the most popular of the heroes was at times brutal arrogant and often broke tapu #while many of maui’s exploits benefit people the ways he achieves these benefits usually involve superiority through strength #and physical beating…negotiation is not a part of his repertoire…women are occasionally involved in violence… #female courage and determination can be found in a number of legends. perhaps the most well known one is the story of hinemoa and tutanekai #in wahine toa (warrior women or women of strength) females are the key participants. it is through them that the world’s destiny is shaped. #in wahine toa (warrior women or women of strength) females are key participants. it is through them that the world’s destiny is shaped.”
They say the Prince of Darkness is a gentleman. And as it turns out, they’re right; a fine gentleman.
Fangirl Challenge: [9/10] Movies - The Company of Wolves
what to wear when…in an armenian fairy tale.
examples: ուղիները բնության (the ways of nature), երիտասարդ արջը (little bear), ծաղկի եւ դրախտ (the flower of paradise)
genocide took its toll on western armenian storytellers, with the result that much of the tradition has been lost with the loss of the folk…the father of armenian folklore was bishop garegin servantsian. he might be compared to die gebrüder grimm in germany or алекса́ндр никола́евич афана́сьев in russia…the array of armenian fairy tale characters [in hekiats] is rich and colorful…kings set challenges for the hero and serve as impediments but kings either lose in battle or are outwitted by the fairy tale hero. little bear, for example, wins the bride of the king of frangistan…[shape-shifters, the wise fool named silly pugi,] the envious and thieving wife of the melik, the beloved ashug, the ineducable and incompetent son, the old woman who plays surrogate mother to the hero or heroine are stock characters. peris are beautiful spirits descended from evil angels [who] have a dual nature and are sometimes evil and sometimes helpful…the language and style of armenian fairy tales are intriguing because armenians have a liking for wit and verbal play…epithets are common. [for example,] “king’s son” is used instead of “prince”…formulas are repeated. the most charming formulas are the endings formulas. many are a variation on the ending formula of okhik: “երեք խնձոր fell from heaven - one apple for the storyteller, the second for the person listening to the story, and the third for the whole wide world.”
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#also from the same book: ”armenians consider [mount masis] to be their holy mountain and it is closely linked to their sense of identity… #armenia is believed to be the cradle of humanity…where heroes were born. at the base of mount ararat mythical snakes and dragons were thou #ght to live. a volcanic crater located below the mountaintop is in fact reminiscent of a dragon’s lair…armenian hospitality is fabled [and #this value is reflected in their fairy tales]… #armenia’s role as buffer state between the east and west determined the uniqueness of its folklore and culture #which embodies traits of the cultures of surrounding and invading countries… #some stories are unique to armenia [such as] many of the legends such as the tale about mesrop mashtots entitled ”blazing a trail” #the story of armenia’s christianization entitled ”the legend about tiridates iii” and the cycle of tales about the wise fool silly pugi… #…a common feature of [armenian] tale-telling style is the generous use of dialogue the enhances the dramatic #effect of the story…detailed descriptions are lacking. #snakes [such as shakmar the snake who battles dzheiran-ogly] appear frequently.”