Tag: folktales

Evil Twins and Doppelgangers: What Meaning Does the Double Have in Folklore?

Many cultures have beliefs around shadows, reflections, and paintings. Taking control of doppelgangers in these forms means taking control of the soul.

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Folk Tales and Fairy Tales: Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

One of the things I wanted to do was to confront popular misconceptions about fairy tales, such as ‘fairy tales are all about princes rescuing princesses.’

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Five Reasons Fig Trees Are Folklore Royalty

No plants feature so often in folklore, in so many places, as fig trees. There’s a biological basis to many of these stories.

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Unravelling the Sexual Mystique of Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty has an allure that is undeniable. Her story has retained a place in our traditions. Time has reshaped her dilemma and salvation.

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Fairy Folklore: The Unchanging Appeal of Changelings

The notion of fairy changelings, whilst dating back centuries, in many ways feels like a modern concept. That a human might be stolen away by the little folk and replaced with a…

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A Brief History of Trolls

Trolls come in many shapes and sizes. No one description can fit them all. Is there a core of Trollness which we can uncover?

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Telling Tales to Children

There are two main challenges to retelling folklore, myths and legends for children: making the story suitable and fun for the child audience (listeners or readers); and being as faithful and sensitive…

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Top 5 American Folktales

Here, in no particular order, are the top 5 American Folktales.

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Norwegian Folktales: The Ring in the Fish

The motif of the discarded ring recovered from a fish appears in the folklore of various regions

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Russian Fairy Tales: The Top 5 Women in Russian Folklore

The top five women in Russian fairy tales

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A Feast of Folk: TradFest Edinburgh 2016

The first of two annual festivals run by TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland), TradFest Edinburgh • Dùn Èideann is a celebration not only of Scotland’s traditions and heritage, but equally of…

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Fairy Tales and Folktales: The Magical Art of Katherine Soutar

Today Willow Winsham talks with artist Katherine Soutar, illustrator of the Folktales series by the History Press.

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