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Shvan Goran: One man's 13-year friendship with folklore

Shvan Goran: One man's 13-year friendship with folklore | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
He has been collecting folklore antiques for more than a decade. He hopes that one day a museum will open in the town where he can put all the antiques he has collected. We started asking Barani questions about his hobby ...
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Fairy tales, folklore, and myths from around the world, plus the occasional dash of history.
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Paper Cut Light Boxes Illuminate Fantastical Fairy Tale Scenes

Paper Cut Light Boxes Illuminate Fantastical Fairy Tale Scenes | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Hari & Deepti, also known as the artists Harikrishnan Panicker and Deepti Nair, have created a world of monsters, animals, and rounded cartoon-like characters, all that interact together amongst detailed landscapes. Using narrative storytelling as an inspirational theme, the pair transform s ...
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Rejected Princesses

Rejected Princesses | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for the movies. Updated Wednesdays.
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Thanks, io9, for bringing this site to my attention. Princesses (well, mostly) whose stories are so extreme that Disney is unlikely to ever try, even with rewrite-ala-Little-Mermaid, to turn into movies.

 

Although, there are one or two that might have possibilities. You never know...

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Tales of Faerie: The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy Tale

Tales of Faerie: The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy Tale | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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Just found this wonderful blog about fairy tales, thanks to this post in Enchanted Conversation: http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/2014/05/you-know-you-fairy-tale-blogger-when.html

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The World's First 'Fairy Tales' Architecture Storytelling Competition Announces Winners | Inhabitots

The World's First 'Fairy Tales' Architecture Storytelling Competition Announces Winners | Inhabitots | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Blank Space has launched the world’s first architecture storytelling competition, Fairy Tales with First Prize going to Kevin Wang and Nicholas O’Leary .

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What a creative way to promote architecture! And what a creative response!

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15,000 images of Persian manuscripts online - Asian and African studies blog

15,000 images of Persian manuscripts online - Asian and African studies blog | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Asian and African Studies have just uploaded more than 15,000 images of Persian manuscripts online.
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A beautiful, wonderful, rich resource for historians, writers, students, teachers, artists, and so many more. It's always just thrilling to discover such a wonderful treasure trove.

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The Mermaid of Zennor (8+ yrs) Sunday 26 January, 2014 - Watermans

The Mermaid of Zennor (8+ yrs) Sunday 26 January, 2014 - Watermans | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Ticketsolve is ticketing in your hands, with complete control over your ticketing operations, both online and at your box office.
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I love the idea of this show at the Irish National Leprechaun Museum, but was disappointed that the announcement not only failed to mention any of the names of the females being celebrated, but did so while mentioning the name of three well-known male heros.

 

For an overview of women in Irish myth, check out the following page: 

 

http://yesss.perso.neuf.fr/Celts/Women/women.htm

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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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New folklore book includes Fayette County legends - Uniontown Herald Standard

New folklore book includes Fayette County legends - Uniontown Herald Standard | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
New folklore book includes Fayette County legends Uniontown Herald Standard A new book called “Witches of Pennsylvania'' includes the story of Mary “Moll'' Derry (1760-1843) of Georges Township, which the book said “was probably the most well-known...
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Pennsylvania history with a focus on the folklore of witches.

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Transparency, Agency, and Building a Community of Writers

Transparency, Agency, and Building a Community of Writers | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
If only I could articulate to my students exactly what drives my actions as a teacher. Every time I try, I feel like I'm making an awkward soap-box type speech in which we are too serious and all e...
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This young writing teacher's struggles to balance the needs of her students as writers with the academic expectations of college reflect those of teachers everywhere. But, writers, especially those who are struggling, need an environment in which they feel free to create. Finding the balance between student needs and academia can be difficult.

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Tori Amos' "The Light Princess" Starts Rehearsals (+ Film Making Comp To Win Tickets!)

Tori Amos' "The Light Princess" Starts Rehearsals (+ Film Making Comp To Win Tickets!) | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Do you remember a little post from a few years ago, mentioning Tori Amos was composing lyrics and a score for George MacDonald's fairy tale The Light Princess*?
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George MacDonald may just be my favorite literary fairy tale author, so I'm really excited about this new musical. I just wish I didn't live thousands of miles away!

 

Amateur filmmaker duos between 18 and 25, take note: Britain's National Theatre is looking for you! Submit your idea for a fairy tale-based "film" (which can be "any form of moving image, including animation, computer generated graphics, documentary, etc.") and you may be chosen to work with a mentor through IdeasTap to create your film and have it showcased. For more info, see http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/f92cef09-5c98-4f29-ba4b-a2030125d6ef#Overview.

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George Macdonald's "The Light Princess" is a delightful story on "all levels" and one of my favorite fairy tales.  I am so excited that finally a  version of this story is to be made and by Tori Amos and his marvellous punning will be retained.

 

 

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NEW ENGLAND FOLKLORE: Mountain-ash, the Witch-wood Tree

NEW ENGLAND FOLKLORE: Mountain-ash, the Witch-wood Tree | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Here's another interesting factoid from John McNab Currier, the 19th century folklorist and physician. While he was living in New Hampshire in the mid-1800s he knew a woman who thought all her illnesses, indeed all her ...
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Healing the Weapon and the Wound

Healing the Weapon and the Wound | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
If you were cut by a sword in 17th century New England, either a family member or a village healer would take care of the wound. They'd clean it with water, bandage it, and possibly smear it with a salve containing herbs and animal fat.
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Here's an interesting convergence of a folk tradition involving sympathetic magic that has managed to survive into recent decades. I'd love to discover whether the 17th century New England weapon salve was, itself, a relic of earlier salves used in medieval Europe or beyond.

 

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Golden Book Gown « Ryan Jude Novelline

Golden Book Gown « Ryan Jude Novelline | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

Ryan Jude Novelline "Novum in Modum" | Golden Book Gown

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Green fashion designer Ryan Novelline created this fairy tale gown from discarded Golden Books. The books' golden spines were used for the bodice, while pages from the books were sewn together with gold thread to create the skirt.

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Fairytales Come To Life In Magical Photos by Russian Photographer Margarita Kareva

Fairytales Come To Life In Magical Photos by Russian Photographer Margarita Kareva | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Margarita Kareva is a Russian-based photographer which specializes in fantasy art photography. Her dream-like photographs capture pure beauty in a way that few others can. She ads some surreal elements to her shots that make the photographs really stand out, combining Photoshop manipulation with real props.
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Stunningly beautiful images with fairy tale imagery. Worth seeing!

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Tales of Faerie: Gender roles in two Swedish fairy tales

Tales of Faerie: Gender roles in two Swedish fairy tales | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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Here's an interesting take on gender roles in fairy tales, using two Swedish stories, one with a male protagonist and one with a female, as examples. The blog author, Kristin, admits to wariness in response to "feminist readings [of fairy tales] that deem sword weilding (sic) types of bravery, or other stereotypically male actions, as 'better.'"

 

I'll admit that I enjoy fairy tales in which female protagonists take an active role, but I agree with Kristin that we should not equate that only with traditionally male activities. Making choices, especially when those choices are difficult, is the important element.

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Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, by Christina Ruth Johnson, Vintage Fairy Tale Sleuth

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, by Christina Ruth Johnson, Vintage Fairy Tale Sleuth | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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While Wilde’s fairy tales are often a bit too bleak for my tastes (as are many of Hans Christian Andersen's), they are beautifully written and an important element of any fairy tale collector's stash.

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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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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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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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The Turnip Princess: a newly discovered fairytale

The Turnip Princess: a newly discovered fairytale | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, the historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth collected fairytales in Bavaria, which were locked away in an archive until now … here is one of the newly discovered stories – The Turnip Princess...

Via Heidi Dahlsveen, Галина Косаговская
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I love the turnip magic in this. Such fun!

 

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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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World Of Mysteries: The Island of Poveglia (27 pics)

World Of Mysteries: The Island of Poveglia (27 pics) | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. According to legend, during Roman times it was used to isolate thousands of plague victims, and during the three occasions when the Black Death spread through Europe, the island was effectively used as a lazaretto and plague pit – it was considered an efficient way of keeping the infected people separated from the healthy. According to this version, over 160,000 people died on the island throughout its history. Another legend surrounds a building erected in 1922 on the island, which was used for various purposes, including usage as a mental hospital. The legend states that a particular mental health doctor tortured and butchered many of the patients, before going "mad" and jumping to his death from the bell tower. According to that same legend, he survived the fall, but was 'strangled by a mist that came up from the ground'. Its ruins remain to this day.


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Folklore and the Fin Folk of Orkney

Folklore and the Fin Folk of Orkney | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The Orkney Islands possess a folkloric tradition that is both unique and fascinating.
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An examination of the oral folkloric tradition of the Orkney Isles.

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Suffolk: Eerie tales and folklore to the fore in new book - Ipswich Star

Suffolk: Eerie tales and folklore to the fore in new book - Ipswich Star | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Ipswich Star Suffolk: Eerie tales and folklore to the fore in new book Ipswich Star Now Kirsty Hartsiotis, who has a lifelong love of folklore and history, has penned an enchanting collection of tales of ancient ghosts, strange beasts and nefarious...
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While Kirsty Hartsiotis has collected local folklore in this work, she has also reworked the stories. While the original "local legends and fragments of tales" she gathered might have been of greater interest to scholars, her retellings of old stories, and the stories she wrote based on the stories she gathered, will still be enjoyed by those of us who love folklore and spooky stories. As such, she is part of the folklore tradition whereby stories move between oral and written retellings, and their newer media cousins.

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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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