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Fairy tales, folklore, and myths from around the world, plus the occasional dash of history.
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The Berbalangs: A Legend of Filipino Ghouls

The Berbalangs: A Legend of Filipino Ghouls | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

This may be "the only written primary source of the Berbalang legend," about a village filled with ghouls on the island of Cagayan Sulu (now, Mapun) in the Philippines, as the author describes his own personal experience of trying to visit the ghoul village and the terrible events that followed. I found this story thanks to the #FolkloreThursday Twitter tag and
@MultoGhost (Nina Zumel).Buried in the pages of the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal for 1896 is a dry-sounding article called "Cagayan Sulu, its Customs, Legends, and Superstitions," by one Ethelbert Forbes Skertchly. It starts out as a typical amateur (for I assume Mr. Skertchly was an amateur) anthropologist's paper of the time would, with a…

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This may be "the only written primary source of the Berbalang legend," about a village filled with ghouls on the island of Cagayan Sulu (now, Mapun) in the Philippines, as the author describes his own personal experience of trying to visit the ghoul village and the terrible events that followed. I found this story thanks to the #FolkloreThursday Twitter tag and @MultoGhost (Nina Zumel).

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Tales of Faerie: The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces

Tales of Faerie: The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

" Famous for wearing out rapidly, early silk and brocade shoes from the 18th Century weren’t very long-wearing without protective overshoes. They were straight-lasted (meaning no left or right) and skinny, quite an uncomfortable mix"

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Today, with sturdy shoes that will last a year or more available in stores around the world, the idea of shoes that wear out in a single night sounds magical. To the fathers of past centuries, obligated to purchase dancing shoes for their unwed daughters, it might have seemed more nightmarish. Even the daughters themselves, forced to dance in ill-fitting, thin-soled slippers if they were to dance at all, may have found the idea tortuous.

 

Does this story resonate for you? Do you imagine the girls complicit in their nightly excursions to the dance floor, delighted to keep the secret from the court? Or, does this story sound sinister, with girls dragged unwilling from their beds and magically forced to endure hours of dancing in increasingly painful shoes, all the while prevented from sharing the secret? If you're like me, it's the tension between these two extremes that makes this story, dare I say it, dance.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, October 16, 2015 12:58 AM

Tales of faerie and princesses dancing the night away until the soles of their shoes are worn bare and their the feet must touch the  ground.. from magic to reality. What does it tell us of the magical world of fantasy, imagination and truth of being.

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Fortean London: A Mummified Fairy And Arabian Tales

Fortean London: A Mummified Fairy And Arabian Tales | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
A round-up of the really weird stuff going on.
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"Is this a mummified fairy? No, of course it's not."

 

Or so they say. I say that if you've got a mummified fairy, you don't want to admit it where the fairies might find out. They have ways of dealing with humans that pry into stuff that should be left to fairy folk.

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Down and dirty fairy tales: How this rediscovered stash of darker-than-Grimm stories destroys our Prince Charming myths

Down and dirty fairy tales: How this rediscovered stash of darker-than-Grimm stories destroys our Prince Charming myths | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The translator of a newly discovered trove of 150-year-old tales on the gender-bending surprises found there
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Great interview with renowned folklore and fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar.

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Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups

Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The developers of the video game Never Alone hope it can teach people about Native Alaskan folklore and traditions while still being fun to play.
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What a creative way to share traditional culture with today's youth.

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10 Famous Japanese Ghost Stories

10 Famous Japanese Ghost Stories | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Japan is one of the most haunted places on Earth. In Japanese folk belief, Japan as an island is infused with supernatural powers--The very soil of the land is charged with potential, magical energ...

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Grandma, what a long history you have! The origins of “Little Red Riding Hood”

Grandma, what a long history you have! The origins of “Little Red Riding Hood” | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
New research suggests the famous children's story can be traced back to the 11th century
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What we knew of Little Red Riding Hood's long history, and of the impact this story has had on today's culture, has been documented by a number of scholars. This new work of scholarship, showing that there was so much more to know, demonstrates the importance and relevance of studying fairy tales, their origins, and their distribution around the world.

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Stepmothers as Villains: The Dark Side of Medieval Motherhood

Anglo-Norman writers seem to assign women to one of two extremes within the chronicles: on one side there are women who are presented as visions of perfection.
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Do stepmothers get a bad rap in fairy tales, or are they just evil?

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Journey

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On this page, I've linked to my blog posts on the Fairytale Heroine's Journey. You can see how I developed the idea of a Fairytale Heroine's Journey, the stages of that journey, and how that journe...
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Poet, author, and writing instructor Theodora Goss has begun the work of describing the journey of Fairytale Heroines, much as Joseph Campbell described the Hero's journey in myth and folklore. The two have some similarities, but also many differences.

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The Multicolored Diary: Folklore Thursday: 7 Things You Need to Know About Hungarian Fairies

The Multicolored Diary: Folklore Thursday: 7 Things You Need to Know About Hungarian Fairies | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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What do you need to know about Hungarian fairies and the folklore about them? Well, for starters, they have their very own queen, Tündér Ilona. Read on to learn more.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 28, 2015 4:51 PM

Fascinating find... I grew up on Hungarian fairy tales and the land of the Tunder fairies is a designation I was not aware of.How lovely!

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Victorian fairytales and folklore: round up

Victorian fairytales and folklore: round up | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Fairytales and folklore are cut from the same cloth, but while the former enters the acknowledged literary realm of written text, the latter remains for the most part in the oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation.
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Reviews of three books that examine the Victorian interest in fairy tales. Robert Means Lawrence's tome The Magic of the Horseshoe: A Collection of Folklore, Myths and Superstitions, first published in 1899, has been "repackaged for the modern day." Victorian Fairly Tales, edited by Michael Newton, presents fourteen stories selected by Newton, including tales by George MacDonald, Oscar Wilde, and John Ruskin, as well as tales less well known to today's readers. And, Melanie Keene examines "the close relationship between fact and fancy" in Science in Wonderland: The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain.

 
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Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education

Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
"How far superior an education that stresses independent action and personal responsibility is to one that relies on drill, external authori
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Einstein's famous advice about fairy tales may itself be folklore. This article examines the evidence. See also: http://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2013/12/einsteins-folklore/

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Eva Rider's curator insight, February 10, 2015 1:13 AM

the freedom to think our own thoughts allows responsible action

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7 Types of Yokai – Japan’s Snow Monsters

7 Types of Yokai – Japan’s Snow Monsters | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
To learn much more about Japanese Ghosts, check out my book Yurei: The Japanese Ghost In the frozen north of the Japan, the snow piles deep and high and brings monsters. Whether riding on the avala...
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Here's a wonderful overview of Japanese snow monsters by translator, writer, and Japanese folklore and ghost scholar Zack Davisson.

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Japanese Art and Folklore: Mystery of the Tengu and Kyosai - Modern Tokyo Times

Japanese Art and Folklore: Mystery of the Tengu and Kyosai - Modern Tokyo Times | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Japanese Art and Folklore: Mystery of the Tengu and Kyosai
Modern Tokyo Times
The yokai represent aspects of the mystery of folklore in Japan and the transformation of Tengu is also fascinating within the changing thought patterns of Japan.
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Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South - WUNC

Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South - WUNC | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South
WUNC
For decades, Bill Ferris documented Southern African-American folklore.
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Inspired by the a capella hymns he heard in church as a child, folklorist Bill Ferris, past chair of the National Endowment of the Humanities, made capturing the voices of the American South, and particularly those of African Americans of the South, his lifelong work. This new book and it's accompanying CD and DVD offer an opportunity to explore the rich vocal traditions and stories of this complex region of America.

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