appalachian fairy tales have a strong mixture of european, native american (especially cherokee), and biblical influences [and] are rooted in english, scottish, and irish fairy tales, as well as regional heroic figures and events. jack tales, which tend to revolve around the exploits of a simple but dedicated figure named jack, are popular…[the appalachian dialect of beech mountain jack tales performances is especially distinct, using older verb forms such as “cloom” as the past tense of “climb” and “a-prefixing” to express intensive action.] other stories involve wild animals, such as hunting tales. in the industrial areas of western pennsylvania and northern west virginia, the composite joe magarac steelworker story has been handed down [along with] regional folk heroes such as the railroad worker john henry, frontiersmen davy crockett, mike fink, and johnny appleseed…murder stories, such as omie wise and john hardy, are popular subjects for appalachian ballads. ghost stories, or haint tales in regional english, are a common feature of southern oral and literary tradition. ghost stories native to the region include the story of the greenbrier ghost, which is rooted in a greenbrier county, west virginia murder.
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#also: ”there is a rich tradition of humor in appalachian fairy tales and some fear that farcical stories from inside the culture may #perpetuate negative hillbilly stereotypes as much as jokes or satires by outsiders. but mocking human nature and foolish behavior is an #ancient part of storytelling traditions around the world. one of appalachia’s most popular comical tales about fools and noodleheads [is] #old dry frye…some appalachian storytellers play up the humorous elements more than others or add some jokes #but they seldom subvert the structure of themes of older tales.” #”beech mountain jack tale has developed as a term to characterize the continuation and flowering of jack tale telling in two mountain #counties watauga and avery in northwestern north carolina…although the styles of tellers of the beech mountain tale have striking #differences all characterize the trickster jack as a good-natured laid-back hero which certainly reflects local cultural norms. #often tellers preface their stories with comments on the importance of the tales to their family tradition.” #”storytelling in peasant or servant groups tends toward the wonder tale…to provide imaginative release from the harsh conditions of #workaday life. they are often performed as an accompaniment to repetitive menial tasks such as food storage (picking canning drying #and threshing) cloth-weaving or net-mending as appalachian hebridean and hungarian storytellers have testified.” #”it is part of the american creed that even a poor [child] can grow up to become president…this rags-to-riches formula was immortalized #in american children’s fiction by the horatio alger stories of the 1860s and by the pluck and luck nickel novels of the 1920s. #it is little wonder then that cinderella should be a perennial favorite in the american fairy tale pantheon.”
The Tale of the Lady White Wolf and her Little Deer Knight
This is a new commission ! It’s full traditional :)
You can see at the bottom the first sketch before the final illustration.
9 Heroines - [Vasilissa]
Now deep in this forest, as the stepmother well knew, there was a green lawn and on the lawn stood a miserable little hut on hens’ legs, where lived a certain Baba Yaga, an old witch grandmother. She lived alone and none dared go near the hut, for she ate people as one eats chickens. The merchant’s wife sent Vasilissa into the forest each day, hoping she might meet the old witch and be devoured.
what to wear when…in a cambodian fairy tale.monks gave the tales a style and flavor all their own. in traditional western fairy stories, the hero or heroine is usually a beautiful and good person who after much suffering is finally rewarded with great wealth and perfect happiness [but khmer fairy tales] are not tales of superhuman feats but are concerned with the virtues of prudence, moderation, and foresight. the tales are not about a world filled with make-believe, but about the problems of artisans, merchants, farmers, and slaves - the people about whom the brahmans had so little to say…some of the tales teach respect for women, telling about their intelligent virtues [especially the srey krŭap lĕakkh] and of the unfortunate things that happen to men who did not treat women justly as equals. over the centuries, the buddhist stories brought by the missionaries merged with the folklore already in cambodia to create a unique body of literature in the spirit of buddhism and cambodian life…the setting of the gatiloke stories is usually a town, village, or forest where the ordinary people live and work…stories of clever women who foil traps set for them by nobles and of peasants whose quick wit saves them from thieves and scoundrels. animal fables have lessons in wisdom, justice, and compassion. humorous tales ridicule unjust rulers.
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#in angkat she’s murdered by her jealous stepfamily and returns to reclaim her crown how interesting is that #cambodian fairy tales ”deal with the family with particular emphasis on women. the importance of the wife and mother to her family is seen… #the virtuous and exemplary woman (srey krŭap lĕakkh) seen in fairy tales determines the happiness and prosperity of her family…husbands are #advised to listen to their wives because of their frugal nature and those that do not have to suffer the consequences…another theme is the #importance of tradition including respect for the ways things have always been done. trying something new is not encouraged.” #fairy tales ”set the khmer rouge period within an understandable reality. for example the tale of the kaun lôk bir. an informant describing #how this bird abandoned her children in the forest so that they had to forage for food compares this tale to the way the khmer rouge let the #people starve…by drawing this conclusion he embeds his own khmer rouge experiences in a larger historical and cosmic order.” #cambodian fairy tales ”are often specifically didactic telling people how to behave and providing models that demonstrate the good that #comes to people who do good (thvoe bŏn) and the karmic consequences awaiting those who do bad (thvoe bap)…the virtuous woman (srey krŭap #lĕakkh) is intelligent advising and assisting her husband in his endeavors…stories focus on the virtuous woman as keeper of the #family’s wealth. the virtueless woman is lacking particularly because he family fortune slips through her fingers…often in khmer tales the #virtue of the woman alone is sufficient to bring wealth to the family with no effort… #[however] wealth can dissolve to nothing if the wife is a wasteful person or one who daydreams.” #”[fairy tales] represent cambodia’s past before the genocide…many fairy tales adapt plots from famous indian stories such as the ramayana #many fairy tales are interpreted into cambodian classical dance such as moni mekhala and ream eyso (the goddess and the giant). #examples of popular fairy tales include vorvong and sorvong [and] tum teav…religious tales of the buddha’s former lives the jataka tales #are popular…the tales are commonly about humble poor folks who commit acts of compassion toward the buddha who is disguised as someone in #need.”
"Her name was Danielle de Barbarac. And this… was her ‘glass’ slipper. Perhaps you will allow me to set the record straight?"
“Then it’s true, the story?”
"Yes. Quite. Now then, what is that phrase you use? Oh, yes. Once upon a time, there lived a young girl who loved her father very much…"
Blancanieves (dir. Pablo Berger, 2012)
what to wear when…in a moldovan fairy tale.
examples: omul bogat și cerșetor (the rich man and the pauper), miorița (the little ewe), guguġa țăranul (guguġa the peasant)
moldova is a wonderland for all who like to explore and appreciate the variegated folkloric landscape…the moldovan and the romanian peoples have the same roots, the same ancestors (romans and northeastern thracians known to the historians as dacians) and they speak the same language. naturally, the folklore [of] both nations [is similar. the influence of moldova’s former subjugation under soviet rule is also evident in their fairy tales]…the hero (usually făt-frumos, a handsome young man of royal heritage) proceeds upon difficult quests in order to save his beloved…aside from the main characters, there are many other colorful personages - pacala, a comical character, a sly and mischievous man famous for his practical jokes; laur-balaur, a fearful dragon who dwells in a black castle in the heart of a black forest, and causes as many trouble as he can; baba-hyrka, a rather disgusting, crook-nosed, old woman, who schemes against the heroes and often features as a turncoat and traitor; saint sunday, another old lady, but a kind one, who helps the good ones and punishes the bad ones; and many other characters, like talking trees and animals, magic horses, fairies, and demons.
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”moldova’s folk culture is extremely rich with the ancient ballad miorița doinas and other old songs and customs playing a central role #in an age-old traditional heritage…despite policies of acculturation and soviet-style nation-building local folk traditions have been #preserved across time in their pristine forms in most villages and in the countryside where the rural population continues to cultivate and #practice ancient traditions olk dances songs and customs…currently local folk cultural traditions are being preserved at a national level. #”legend has it that a romanian prince dragoş founded moldova in the early 14th century.” #”moldovans are best known from their wine and hospitality [and hospitality rules are emphasized in their fairy tales].” #”during the 1980s a folkloric movement (mişcare folclorică) developed in tandem with moldova’s growing nationalist movement… #the authentic vision of the nation promoted through these new folk performances highlighted the roles of villages as the sources of both #cultural production and cultural diversity…the folkloric movement combated stereotypes that had developed during the soviet period. #the recharacterization of moldovans as villagers provided new models for social organization.” #”in some [moldovan] fairy tales and stories documented by moškov we find several saints (st. peters st. nicholas etc.) and #even god as a personage walking on earth and acting in various - not always pious - ways.” #one of the worst consequences of soviet rule was [that] for approximately 45 years moldovans had limited access to their history and culture #moldova has a long history of folklore consisting of ballads songs tales jokes riddles dances and games. the ancient folk ballad miorița is #the favorite of all ballads in traditional moldovan culture. its rhyme reveals the melodiousness and beauty of the eomanian language. ”
"all stories are about wolves" — folksy wolfsongs for fairytale inspiration.
forest serenade the joy formidable ; milestone moon zee avi ; lone wolf esperi ; the woods brighter later ; furr blitzen trapper ; from afar vance joy ; so fast goldspot ; my heart & window nika smith ; nearly morning luke sital-singh
what to wear when…in a greenlandic fairy tale.accounts of realistic human situations were preferred [in greenlandic fairy tales], though tales of giants, little people, superhuman heroes, and personified animals are well-represented in published collections. character types recur throughout the stories…more resourceful is the independent woman of canadian and greenlandic traditions. in the woman who lived by herself, a wife proves she can build a house and snare all the game she needs without help from the angry man who has deserted her. in two sisters and their caribou husbands, the heroines slip away from their abusive mates, returning later to harvest their skins. one of the best-known figures is kivio, the superhumanly strong and clever hero, who in one of his great adventures paddles his kayak to the middle of the world…sensational stories from canada and greenland tell of the baby who ate its parents or the hungry husband who fattened his wife.
examples: artuk who did all forbidden things, the woman with the iron tail, uteritsoq the obstinate one
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Fairytale → real life: The Little MermaidHolland Roden as Ariel
Adam Gregory as Prince Eric
what to wear when…in a peruvian fairy tale.
examples: el ratón-marido (the mouse husband), la rana y el cóndor (the frog and the condor), el pastor de llamas y de la hija del sol (the llama herder and the daughter of the sun)
in peru, the trickster-hero of many animal tales is the guinea pig [the quechuan quwi or spanish conejo de indias] or the mouse…other stupid fox tales exist, featuring different protagonists, and several seem to be indigeneous peruvian tales…in arequipa, peru, la roca y la lluvia de fuego [tales] were usually linked and were one of the most widely known animal tales…in [a common peruvian fairy] tale type, the obstacle flight has become attached to the legendary figure of the condemned soul or condenado, the malevolent revenant. peruvian oral tradition abounds with legends about the condenado, who has many ogre-like characteristics [that] combine european beliefs and narrative motifs with andean ones. it is part of a large body of legends about the condenado, who acquires a particularly grisly, monstrous character in peru…in peru, quevedo becomes the trickster-rogue hero of a cycle of internationally-known, humorous episodic tales.
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Modern take on FairyTales
Fairytale → real life: Beauty and the BeastEmma Watson as Belle
Sam Claflin as the Beast