Fearless girls, wise women, and beloved sisters : heroines in folktales from around the world
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- ISBN: 9780393045987
- ISBN: 0393045986
xxvii, 450 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 435-438) and index.
Tales from Europe. The stolen bairn and the sìdh (Scotland) -- The three sisters and their husbands, three brothers (Ireland) -- The corpse watchers (Ireland) -- The crookened back (Ireland) -- The horned women (Ireland) -- Whuppity stoorie (Scotland) -- Molly Whuppie (England) -- The treasure of Downhouse (England) -- The hand of glory (England) -- Tamlane (England) -- The night troll (Iceland) -- The grateful elfwoman (Iceland) -- "My Jon's soul" (Iceland) -- The ghost at Fjelkinge (Sweden) -- Little Red Cap (Germany) -- The wood maiden (Czechoslovakia) -- The child who was poor and good (Greece) -- The pigeon's bride (Yugoslavia) -- How the king chose a daughter-in-law (Romania) -- Marichka (Gypsy) -- Davit (Georgia) -- Anait (Caucasus) -- The fortune-teller (Russia) -- The tsaritsa harpist (Russia).
Tales from North and South America. Native Americans. The vampire skeleton (Iroquois) ; The flying head (Iroquois) ; Where the girl saved her brother (Cheyenne) ; Chief Joseph's story of Wallowa Lake (Nez Perce) ; The origin of the potlatch (Quillayute) ; The princess and mountain dweller (people of the Northwest Coast) ; The princess and the magical hat (people of the Northwest Coast) ; The Lytton girls who were stolen by giants (Salishan people) ; The legend of the Coppermine River (Inuit) ; The huntress (Inuit) ; Story of a female shaman (Reindeer Chukchee) ; The magic eagle (Timotean people, Venezuela) -- New World newcomers. "I'm Tipingee, she's Tipingee, we're Tipingee, too'' (Haiti) ; The innkeeper's wise daughter (Jewish-American) ; Molly Cotton-Tail steals Mr. Fox's butter (African-American).
Tales from Asia. A rani's revenge (Orissa, India) -- How Parvatibai outwitted the Dacoits (Maharashtra, India) -- The close alliance : a tale of woe (Punjab, India) -- The barber's clever wife (Punjab, India) -- A wonderful story (India) -- The importance of lighting (Tamil Nadu, India) -- The child of death (Vietnam) -- The story of Princess Amaradevi (Cambodia) -- The tale of the Oki Islands (Japan) -- The monkey bridegroom (Japan) -- The mirror of Matsuyama : a story of old Japan (Japan) -- The tiger and the coal peddler's wife (Korea) -- The plucky maiden (Korea) -- The phoenix and her city (Hui people China) -- Sailimai's four precious things (Hui people, China) -- A woman's love (Uighur people, China) -- Maiden Liu, the songster (Yao people, China) -- The festival of pouring water (Yunnan, China) -- A polite idiosyncrasy (Kwangtung, China) -- The young head of the family (Kwangtung, China) -- Altyn-Aryg (Altaian people, Siberia) -- The wife who stole a heart (Kalmuck people, Siberia).
Tales from the Pacific. Hiiaka catching a ghost (Hawaii) -- Hiiaka and the seacoast kupuas (Hawaii) -- A calabash of poi (Hawaii) -- Rau-whato (Maori people, New Zealand) -- How Pulap acquired the art of navigation (Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia) -- Rola and the two sisters (Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia) -- The old woman and the giant (Philippines) -- The magic coin (Philippines) -- The creation of Lake Asbold (Asmat people, Irian Jaya, Indonesia) -- Senan and Aping (Kenyah people, Sarawak, Malaysia) -- Ubong and the head-hunters (Kenyah people, Sarawak, Malaysia) -- Kumaku and the giant (Fiji) -- Revival and revenge (Kewa people, Papua, New Guinea) -- Uzu, the white dogai (Torres Straits, Australia) -- The black snake man and his wife, the dove (Munkan people, Australia) -- The mogwoi's baby (Arnhem Land, Australia) -- Biriwilg (told by women) (Arnhem Land, Australia).
Tales from Sub-Saharan Africa. The woman, her husband, their children and the dodo (Hausa people, Nigeria) -- Ku-Chin-Da-Gayya and her elder sister and the dodos (Hausa people, Nigeria) -- Moremi and the Egunguns (Yoruba people, Nigeria) -- The spider, Kayi, and the bush fowl (Limba people, Sierra Leone) -- The story of two women (Limba people, Sierra Leone) -- The man killed for a spinach leaf (Limba people, Sierra Leone) -- The leopard woman (Liberia) -- The midwife of Dakar (Senegal) -- A woman for a hundred cattle (Swahili) -- Wacu and the eagle (Agikuyu people, Kenya) -- Elephant and Hare (Maasai people, Kenya) -- Nonikwe and the great one, Marimba (Zulu) -- How the Milky Way came to be (South Africa) -- Nanabolele, who shines in the night (Basotho people, Lesotho) -- Jackal and Hen (Basotho people, Lesotho).
Tales from North Africa and the Middle East. Women's wiles (Syria) -- The Feslihanci girl (Turkey) -- The story of the city of nothing-in-the-world (Persia) -- The "pink pearl'' prince (Iran) -- Who is blessed with the realm, riches, and honor? (Israel) -- The story of the king, Hamed bin Bathara, and of the fearless girl (Arab) -- The sultan's daughter (Sudan) -- Yousif al-Saffani (Sudan) -- The miser who married (Iraq) -- The sign of the tassel (Iraq).
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