As I said in an earlier post:
while lying in bed last night (hardly able to move due to my Body Beast training) I was studying myth and folklore and legend and history when I decided to make, for my own benefit and for the benefit of my novels, a list of those attributes or traits or conditions or characteristics most common to certain myths and histories and folklores, etc.
So I made a list of the following myth, folklore, history, etc. sources and started to list those kinds of things found in them.
Rather than simply disclose my own list (and thereby taint and prejudice your thoughts on the matter) I thought I’d simply ask you this question.
What do you consider the chief or most important traits of myths and folklore and histories that arise from the following sources, and what they produced?:
(For example, it could be anything from tribal face painting to the Holy Grail to a magical White Stag. If I don’t already have it listed then I’ll add it to my list.)
Rus (including Russian and Eastern European)
Viking (Western and Eastern/Byzantine Vikings)
Israel/Syrian/Middle Eastern/North African
Appreciate your help.
…Then (Baba) Yaga broke her (the peasant girl) in pieces and put her bones in a basket.
Now the stepmother sent her husband for his daughter. The father went and brought back only her bones. As he approached the village, his dog barked on the porch: “Bow! wow! Bones are rattling in the basket!” The stepmother came out with a rolling pin: “You’re lying!” she said. “You should bark, ‘A young lady is coming!'” The husband arrived; and then the wife moaned and groaned.
There’s a tale for you and a crock of butter for me.
Hmm… That was even more vicious than I was expecting. But that entire tale was fascinating as it involved a little peasant girl being sold into bondservice to the witch Baba Yaga.
Meaning it was really about being sold into the service of a well-known murderer.
There’s a lot to be pulled from this story. And a whole nother story embedded in it about how to regain your freedom.
I keep thinking how much good such an obverse Baba Yaga tale might have done those little girls abducted in Nigeria had they been properly trained in escape and evasion.
Or even just simple observation and patience.