Tag Archives: Folktales

1865: O Roaches!

A quite common superstitious practice, in order to rid a house of Cockroaches, is in vogue in our country at the present time. It is no other than to address these pests a written letter containing the following words, or … Continue reading

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1899: Vasilisa the Beautiful

Ivan Bilibin: Vasilisa the Beautiful (1899)

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1900: The Princess Picking Lice from the Troll

Theodor Kittelsen: The Princess Picking Lice from the Troll (1900)

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1916: The King of the Cats

In Padraic Colum’s children’s classic The King of Ireland’s Son, this tale is told to the son by the king’s steward: The King of the Cats stood up. He was a grand creature. His body was brown and striped across … Continue reading

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