The Folktale Project

"The Folktale Project" Podcast
Folklore, fairytales and legends from around the world the way they were meant to be. Brought to you every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Who says you're too old for a good story?

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Copyright © Dan Scholz and The Folktale Project

Season: 1 Episode: 428
'The Bear, The Boar, and The Fox' is another Russian folktale with those trying to do something dishonest getting their just desserts (and then some in the case of The Bear). Seeing a trend?

Season: 1 Episode: 429
Our final Russian folktale of the week has a witch, an easily duped king and will answer the question of what happens to the unborn babies if you transform a pregnant woman into a duck. Because I know I've always asked myself that very question!

Season: 1 Episode: 430
In 'The Parrot' we're presented with that most prevalent of themes in Italian folklore - it's better to be clever than rich and powerful. Always.

Season: 1 Episode: 431
In 'The Ass' we meet the one animal that's able to frustrate God, the ass. Because if someone's going to push the Lord over the edge of course it's going to be the ass.

Season: 1 Episode: 432
Honesty is definitely the best policy - especially if your name is 'Truthful Joseph'. Even when the impossible choice before you is to lie or face the wrath of the King.

Season: 1 Episode: 433
'The Black Bowl' is a Japanese story about true love and how that love can't be blocked by anything, even a giant rice bowl.

Season: 1 Episode: 434
In 'The Good Thunder' Rai-Den sends Rai-Tara, the God of Thunder's son, to the Earth to learn a lesson from mankind.

Season: 1 Episode: 435
In 'The Flute' we see all of the ill intentions of every "evil stepmother" story we've ever come across carried out. And it's as terrible as you would imagine.

Season: 1 Episode: 436
In 'The Hares and Frogs in a Storm' Aesop tries valiantly to gets us to not live in fear and be ruled by that fear. A noble (but difficult) pursuit.

Season: 1 Episode: 437
In 'The Jackdaw and The Peacocks' Aesop tries to keep people in their place in society. Showing that clearly some of Aesop's fables haven't aged well.

Season: 1 Episode: 438
Finish off a week of Aesop with one of the most famous of his fables and the root of all of the country vs. city stories you've ever seen or heard - 'The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse'.

Season: 1 Episode: 439
In Charles Skinner's 'The Forest Smithy' we have a very Skinner unsolved mystery from New England featuring the hidden contents of a mysterious cushion.

Season: 1 Episode: 440
In 'The Loss of Jacob Hurd' we see the unfortunate outcome of accusing one's child of witchcraft.

Season: 1 Episode: 441
Our last story from New England, 'The Dead Ship of Harpswell', features a prophetic death ship off the coast of Maine, because New Englanders really, really like their ghost ship stories.

Season: 1 Episode: 442
I feel like there's a little bit of Klaas from 'The Boy Who Wanted More Cheese' in all of us. Always wanting more and never really prepared for when we get it.

Season: 1 Episode: 443
'The Goblins Turned to Stone' is the kind of meandering, multi-faceted tale that William Elliot Griffis seems to thrive on bringing from the Dutch people. And we all love him for it!

Season: 1 Episode: 444
It's not the Snow White that you're expecting, but 'Prince Spin Head and Miss Snow White' is still a love story. It's also an origin tale hiding in plain sight, which is amazing.

Season: 1 Episode: 445
'How the Goldfinch Got His Colors' is a heartwarming tale of a bird who missed out on having his plumage painted, but in the end received the more brilliant colors.

Season: 1 Episode: 446
I love a chance to get a good laugh in at a cat's expense and 'Why Cats Always Wash After Eating' doesn't fail to deliver.

Season: 1 Episode: 447
'The Sugar-Candy House' is one of the very few tales in which I'll defend the motives of the villain. I mean imagine you're enjoying your retirement when a couple of kids start eating your house!

Season: 1 Episode: 448
'The Mermaid of the Magdalenes' is a story of the making of a mermaid that's less about the mermaid than how delicious sardines are and how amazing the lobster is.

Season: 1 Episode: 449
Is 'The Tobacco Fairy from The Blue Hills' a Canadian folktale or an elaborate, long play Philip Morris ad?

Season: 1 Episode: 450
In 'Ermine and The Hunter' we have yet another tale where I feel pity for the antagonist. But folklore, like history, is written by the winners.

Season: 1 Episode: 451
In the fairy tale of 'Wonderwings' from New Zealand we learn how a fairy gets her beautiful wings.

Season: 1 Episode: 452
In 'On the Moon' we have an abduction and a dash of Stockholm syndrome. But we learn who really is the face in the moon, so there's that.

Season: 1 Episode: 453
The Maori story of 'The Wanderers' will be familiar tale to those of us who saw last 2016's Disney hit Moana as the origin story of the Maori as they left Hawa-iki.

Season: 1 Episode: 454
'The Conclave of Corpses' is the first ghost story I've told on The Folktale Project that actually gave me chills the first time I read it. OK, the first few times I read it.

Season: 1 Episode: 455
I have to say the headless horseman in Germany's 'The Flaming Castle' is much, much more disciplined than the American version. And let's all remember that torturing old women for secrets never ends well for anyone.

Season: 1 Episode: 456
'The Dancers' is our final German story of the week and features an agitated priest who curses a group of local revelers. It's pretty much German folklore's version of Footloose, featuring a curse from the heavens.

Season: 1 Episode: 457
'Fox-Fire' is a short, simple story from Chinese Folklore about the elixir of life being "borrowed" from a fox.

Season: 1 Episode: 458
In 'A Legend of Confucius' we see the morality of Confucianism and the great knowledge of Confucius in an experience with Tsin Schi Huang after the great teacher's death.

Season: 1 Episode: 459
'The Little Hunting Dog' reminds me a ton of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, with a scholar being aided by tiny protectors.

Season: 1 Episode: 460
'The Ass That Lays Money' is one of my favorite Italian folktales and it ends with a special appearance from the Beater.

Season: 1 Episode: 461
'The Ant and The Mouse' is the heartbreaking story of a young ant in love with a gluttonous mouse.

Season: 1 Episode: 462
'Parsley' is the original 'Rapunzel' but there's a dash of the standard Eastern European "escape from Baba Yaga" in there that makes this my favorite maiden in a tower tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 463
The Turkish story of 'The Creation' is an amazing creation tale that lets us in on the creation of the first man - and the first dog.

Season: 1 Episode: 464
'The Liver' is my new favorite progressive story. So much more action oriented (and less silly) than the English versions.

Season: 1 Episode: 465
In 'The Wizard-Dervish' Turkish folklore combines a great number of folk tropes (forsaking a child that was born through magical intervention, three princesses and a choice, lots of transmutation and even an awkwardly extended wedding.

Season: 1 Episode: 466
In our first of three stories about making deals with the Devil in honor of Halloween, General Jonathan Moulton of New Hampshire shows us all why you shouldn't try to trick the Devil.

Season: 1 Episode: 467
Happy Halloween! Today I'm rectifying a great injustice, and bringing you the story of the origin of the Jack O'Lantern and one man who got the better of the Devil and still lost out in the end - Stingy Jack.

Season: 1 Episode: 468
In 'The Devil's Match' we finally have a Devil who doesn't win and a wise farmer who ends up walking away with his bag of gold.

Season: 1 Episode: 469
The ending of 'Why the Banana Belongs to The Monkey', in all of its absurdity, is one of my favorite endings in all of folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 470
'The Adventures of a Fisherman's Son', like so many of the Brazilian tales captured by Elsie Spicer Eells, takes a common trope of folklore and adds a little something special.

Season: 1 Episode: 471
'Why the Monkey Still Has a Tale' is a progressive tale from Brazil that shows what always happens when two friends play pranks on each other - someone always take it too far.

Season: 1 Episode: 472
'The Fish and The Ring' is a story about how you just can't fight fate. A super horrible, misogynistic story about how you can't fight fate.

Season: 1 Episode: 473
'Mr. Miacca' is a pretty terrifying boogey man who matches wits with the very bad boy Tommy Grimes.

Season: 1 Episode: 474
'The Three Fools' is a version of 'The Three Sillies' where the end actually makes me smile. Like a lot.

Season: 1 Episode: 475
In 'The May-Pole of Merrymount' we get a much needed reminder of how religious oppression can destroy a perfectly good time.

Season: 1 Episode: 476
In 'The Revenge of Josiah Breeze' we see that truly everyone should be invited to the Thanksgiving table, even an enemy.

Season: 1 Episode: 477
'A Bird in Search of a Mate' is a silly, sweet love story from North America. The perfect way to head into the weekend!

Season: 1 Episode: 478
'The Crystal Ball' is a tale of love and the strength of brotherly love between the sons of an enchantress and, of course, a kidnapped princess.

Season: 1 Episode: 479
In 'The Frog King' we learn that we should always keep our promises, no matter how ridiculous it may be. Also, always be nice to frogs - they tend to be transformed royalty.

Season: 1 Episode: 480
'The Death of the Little Hen' is exactly what you expect when you know you're listening to a Brothers Grimm story. Namely that everyone dies.

Season: 1 Episode: 481
'The Bear, the Dog and the Cat' is the most Russian version of the 'Old Sultan' folktale I've ever come across, with the inclusion of the most cattish cat ever.

Season: 1 Episode: 482
'The Wood Sprite' is a Russian tale all about a mischievous creature who lives in the wood and leaves far more questions than answers.

Season: 1 Episode: 483
In 'The Dun Cow' it's as if Alexander Afanasyev tried to put together as many folktales as humanly possible. And incredibly - it works!

Season: 1 Episode: 484
'The Fairy Comb' is a Greek story that's largely about consent and just how damaging it can be to act without it.

Season: 1 Episode: 485
In 'The Hare With Many Friends' Aesop shows us the failing in relying on quantity over quality when it comes to friendships.

Season: 1 Episode: 486
For our final Greek folktale let's look at two versions of a story that most (myself included) conflate with 'The Mouse and The Lion' - 'Androcles'.

Season: 1 Episode: 487
Stories like 'The Legend of The Thunder Oak' do an amazing job of showing how Christianity absorbed the rituals and ceremonies of other religions. Plus we get yet another story of the first Christmas tree.

Season: 1 Episode: 488
I absolutely love the story of 'Babouscka' - the old Russian woman who declined to follow the Three Wise Men on their way to Bethlehem to see the Christ child, then decided to bring him some toys in the morning.

Season: 1 Episode: 489
In 'Mrs. Santa Claus' we get to see Mrs. Claus being awesome and stepping in to hand deliver three dolls that Santa forgot at the North Pole.

Season: 1 Episode: 490
Merry Christmas from The Folktale Project! Today's folktale is an annual tradition on the podcast - a reading of Clement C. Moore's 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'.

Season: 1 Episode: 491
As we end 2018 let's look back at your three favorite tales of the year. Your third favorite story was the Belgian folktale of 'The Sugar Candy House'.

Season: 1 Episode: 492
As we end 2018 we're looking back at your three favorite tales of the year. Your second favorite story was the Russian folktale of 'The Fire-Bird, the Horse of Power, and the Princess Vasilisa'.

Season: 1 Episode: 493
As we end 2018 we're looking back at your three favorite tales of the year. Your favorite story in 2018 was the English folktale 'The Golden Arm'.

Season: 1 Episode: 494
England's 'Johnny-Cake' is much like Norway's 'The Pancake', but the wily nature of the fox provides an ending that makes this a uniquely English folktale.

Season: 1 Episode: 495
For the end of a tiny week of folklore we have a teeny-tiny tale from Joseph Jacobs filled with the most amazing alliteration that I absolutely love.

Season: 1 Episode: 496
The Tiger and the Stag are the Odd Couple of the animal kingdom in 'Why the Tiger and the Stag Fear Each Other' and bring some next level passive aggression to their relationship.

Season: 1 Episode: 497
In 'How the Monkey Became a Trickster' the monkey uses his skill and knowledge to trick every other animal in existence. Because of course he would.

Season: 1 Episode: 498
It's hard to read some folklore without seeing the racist attitudes that are undeniably present. Especially in stories like 'How the Pigeon Became a Tame Bird', where it has no bearing whatsoever on the origin it supposedly brings us.

Season: 1 Episode: 499
I don't see any women's words parting flesh and blood in this Chinese folktale, but 'Women's Words Part Flesh and Blood' is hands down my new favorite tale about moderation.

Season: 1 Episode: 500
'The Dragon After His Winter Sleep' teaches us one of the most fascinating things I've learned from folklore. Definitely the most interesting thing I've learned about dragons in a long, long time.

Season: 1 Episode: 501
Haunted burial grounds are a standard part of every culture's folklore. 'The Night on the Battlefield' is one such tale from China with a very interesting twist.

Season: 1 Episode: 502
'Fair Maria Wood' is the kind of folktale that I deliberate heavily before sharing because of the extreme misogyny and abuse. In the end I hope that this spurs conversation about abuse and the place that our folklore has in having brought us to where we a

Season: 1 Episode: 503
'The Mason and His Son' has some truly messed up parts. Theft, decapitation, numerous burials/exhumations and even senicide ends up with a reward in this Italian folktale.

Season: 1 Episode: 504
After two rather depressing (and violent) stories from Italy this week I'm happy to bring you 'Water and Salt' - a story that has no dismemberment, death or abuse. Just attempted murder.

Season: 1 Episode: 505
The Brothers Grimm bring us the love story of 'The Spindle, The Shuttle, and The Needle' with a beautiful orphan, a goodly Godmother, a Prince, and some enchanted tools.

Season: 1 Episode: 506
'The Elves' is an anonymous German folktale that brings us kind and gentle elves that aren't out to trick or deceive, but rather live comfortably and serve the house of Rosenberg.

Season: 1 Episode: 507
'Snow-White and Rose-Red' is a very different tale than the one that you know. Plus possibly the first Easter egg in folklore. At least it's the first I've noticed.

Season: 1 Episode: 508
'An Event in Indian Park' is a love story from Charles Skinner and like most Skinner stories it reflects a bit of a negative view of Native Americans it's still very much a love story.

Season: 1 Episode: 509
If the Starks had half the wits that the Mink has there never would have been a Red Wedding. At least that's how Andrew Lang tells it in 'The Mink and The Wolf'.

Season: 1 Episode: 510
Our final folktale from North America is 'Manstin, the Rabbit' and it comes from my favorite Native American author of folklore, Zitkála-Šá. And boy, does Manstin have one hell of a journey.

Season: 1 Episode: 511
'The Lad Who Went to the North Wind' may seem like another story about a boy who is given three magical items (and loses them as quickly as he gets them) but it's certainly a bit more than that.

Season: 1 Episode: 512
With just a hint of murder 'How the Stalos Were Tricked' is a tale about how stupid Norwegian trolls can be and how to get revenge on them.

Season: 1 Episode: 513
In Norway's version of the black and white bride 'The Bushy Bride' we can't help but end up asking ourselves with so many stories about evil stepmothers and sisters why did anyone bother getting remarried? It never really ended well.

Season: 1 Episode: 514
'The Nurse' is a story about honor and the love between a nurse and her young charge who is wronged by, of course, his stepmother.

Season: 1 Episode: 515
Every now and then there's an origin story that really sends you for a loop. And to be honest I admire the individual who looked at a jellyfish and thought, I know how that happened.

Season: 1 Episode: 516
In 'The Robe of Feathers' we have one of my favorite pieces of give and take in dialogue between man and fairy ever. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Season: 1 Episode: 517
'How The Monkey Got Food When He Was Hungry' is part 'There was an old woman who swallowed a fly', part begging Peter to pay Paul, and all Elsie Spicer Eells.

Season: 1 Episode: 518
'The Most Beautiful Princess' seems like it's going to be a very typical "Prince saves the Princess from a Giant" story, but it's definitely not.

Season: 1 Episode: 519
The first time you listen to 'How the Brazilian Beetles Got Their Gorgeous Coats' all you're going to hear is the story of 'The Tortoise and The Hare' and I promise you it's not. It's so much better.

Season: 1 Episode: 520
In 'Tea Tree' we have the first of our stories to come from Isabel Peacocke's "Piccaninnies".

Season: 1 Episode: 521
In 'The Magic Mirror' fairies teach us how to rule a monarchy in a way that endears you to your people.

Season: 1 Episode: 522
'The Leaf Fairies' is a type of tale that doesn't get enough coverage on the podcast, a fairy story for children to teach them about the natural world.

Season: 1 Episode: 523
You may think you know about Tom Thumb, but unless you've read 'The History of Tom Thumb' by Joseph Jacobs you probably don't know all about Tom, King Arthur's smallest knight.

Season: 1 Episode: 524
In the progressive tale of 'Henny-Penny' we really shouldn't blame Foxy-Woxy for being a fox, should we?

Season: 1 Episode: 525
'The Master and His Pupil' is the English version of Goethe's 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' which, in turn, is the basis for Disney's animated version. And it's probably the most fun I've had with a folktale this year.

Season: 1 Episode: 526
'The Magic Mouthful' is a reminder that folklore can be used to reinforce some pretty misogynistic views and behaviors. The worst of them are like this tale and feature a wise older woman giving misogynistic advice to a younger woman. Not cool.

Season: 1 Episode: 527
While I won't ever condone murder there is a sense of poetic justice present in the Portuguese folktale of 'King Robin' where a boy who tortures animals gets his just desserts.

Season: 1 Episode: 528
'Maria of the Forest' tries to teach us that we can't avoid our fate, by having a King repeatedly attempt murder because a strange voice said he was fated to marry a the daughter of a poor charcoal burner. Not really the nicest way to teach such a lesson

Season: 1 Episode: 529
'The Cock and The Mouse' is the most Italian progressive tale ever told. And I love it for that alone.

Season: 1 Episode: 530
In 'The Baker's Apprentice' we hear the familiar story of a tour of the after life with the Madonna, but with quite a unique ending.

Season: 1 Episode: 531
I'm normally all for the antagonist getting their just desserts (as we all know), but I'll be the first to admit that 'The Stepmother' from Thomas Crane's "Italian Popular Tales" takes it all a bit too far.

Season: 1 Episode: 532
'The Division of the Saranacs' tells the sad tale behind the schism between the Upper and Lower Saranacs.

Season: 1 Episode: 533
'Samuel Sewall's Prophecy' comes from a particularly complicated historical figure, Samuel Sewall. Sewall was an early abolitionist (although not terribly favorable to the African American) and one of judges at the famous Salem Witch Trials.

Season: 1 Episode: 534
In the Eskimo folktale of 'The Guest' an old witch gets her due after getting jealous over some extra game.

Season: 1 Episode: 535
In 'The Mouse, The Bird, and The Sausage', the Brothers Grimm show us once again why once roommates figure out their respective jobs they should just stick to them. Also, why you should never listen to a jealous bird.

Season: 1 Episode: 536
'Bearskin' by the Brothers Grimm has the single best twist that I've found in over 530 folktales. Even I was surprised.

Season: 1 Episode: 537
In 'The Cellar of the Old Knights in the Kyffhauser' we get a terrific moral lesson about trying to profit from that which is given to us.

Season: 1 Episode: 538
'The Maiden Who Was Stolen Away' features a young maiden, a brave brother and an ogre in love that just doesn't take no for an answer, but still respects the no that's given.

Season: 1 Episode: 539
The Chinese folktale of 'How The Five Ancients Became Men' explains the creation of the Gods from nature. It's a beautiful mixture of folklore, history and mythology.

Season: 1 Episode: 540
Another story from the Chinese Fairy Book starring an Ogre, but in the case of 'The Flying Ogre' we also see a heavenly hunter of said ogre.

Season: 1 Episode: 541
In 'Story of The Duck with Golden Eggs' we have a duck who lays golden eggs if cared for, but can make you a Tsar if you eat it. I'll let you guess what happens to the duck.

Season: 1 Episode: 542
'Who Lived in The Skull' is the perfect story to learn to perform for small children, especially if you learn Arthur Ransome's recommended hand movements.

Season: 1 Episode: 543
The Russian tale of 'The Judgement of Shemyaka' is a cautionary tale on the ability of some people to seemingly get away with anything. The entire story is mind boggling.

Season: 1 Episode: 544
We've looked at many fairytales that follow the story of 'The Fairies', but Charles Perrault's version has some spectacular features that make it well worth it.

Season: 1 Episode: 545
In Mme. De Beaumont's 'The Widow and Her Two Daughters' we have a story where both daughters give of themselves. They each get a gift from a fairy, but are both truly rewarded?

Season: 1 Episode: 546
Our final French story of the week, 'Blondine' is part one of a Patreon supporter special, the complete story of 'The Story of Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon'.

Season: 1 Episode: 547
In 'The Maiden of The Sea' (our first tale ever from Armenia) we meet "the baby" my very favorite character ever. And I can almost guarantee that you'll love him too!

Season: 1 Episode: 548
With 'The Tricks of a Woman' it's surely all about historical perspective. You can see this as a tale to warn men of the cunning nature of women, but I like to see it as a woman putting a cocky man in his place.

Season: 1 Episode: 549
'The Idiot' is an Armenian travel tale all about a real doozy of an idiot, even if his idiocy isn't fully apparent from the start.

Season: 1 Episode: 550
Sometimes folklore can help to answer a question that you've held since childhood, like why is a baker's dozen thirteen? In 'The Baker's Dozen' Charles Skinner gives us a reason filled with saints, cakes and a Dutch baker in Albany, NY.

Season: 1 Episode: 551
I'm a sucker for creation tales, but the Cherokee tale of 'How The World Was Made' is now my absolute favorite. It is the very first creation story I've found that fully accepts that there are unknowns in the story and I love that about it.

Season: 1 Episode: 552
If you've every wondered "who was the first person to try to eat corn" the Arikara tribe has the answer in 'The Legend of The Corn'.

Season: 1 Episode: 553
This week the podcast is bringing you the three tales of King Alexander's Adventures from "Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends". This first story, 'The Vision of Victory' introduces us to King Alexander and introduces King Alexander to the Jews.

Season: 1 Episode: 554
In 'The Land of Darkness and The Gate of Paradise', King Alexander learns the wisdom of the Queen of The Amazons and discovers the River of Life and The Garden of Eden.

Season: 1 Episode: 555
In the last of Aunt Naomi's tales of King Alexander, 'The Wonders of The World', we get to see the world through the eyes of Alexander the Great. And Alexander makes a great discovery in the process.

Season: 1 Episode: 556
In 'The Story of a Slave, By Name 'The World'' we meet an adulterous woman and her lovers, including a slave who cannot hold his tongue.

Season: 1 Episode: 557
In the Nigerian tale of 'The Story of The Boy and The Old Woman and How the Wasp Got His Small Waist' we learn not why the wasp is, but rather why he's shaped the way he is. And the reason, according to the Hausa, is quite a tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 558
In 'A Story About Three Youths All Skilled in Certain Things and How They Used That Skill to Circumvent a Difficulty' we see the familiar trope of threes played out in a unique manner. Instead of three challenges to overcome we see three different ways to

Season: 1 Episode: 559
In the Armenian tale of 'A Wise Weaver' we have a rather ingenious man save his kingdom from invasion and then politely decline the King's job offer.

Season: 1 Episode: 560
The Armenian folktale of 'Mind or Luck, Which?' has some strong thematic ties to the story of Job in the Old Testament. Two sides arguing with a man caught in the middle and in the end, nobody actually wins.

Season: 1 Episode: 561
The Armenian folktale of 'The Sparrow and The Two Children' is much, much more than another story about a wicked stepmother trying to kill off her stepchildren. It's all about showing kindness, especially to animals.

Season: 1 Episode: 562
If you think you have family issues may I refer you to the English folktale of 'The Golden Ball'. Now this poor girl has family issues. Luckily she also has a true love, which is almost always better in folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 563
Take one part "The Goosegirl", one part "Cinderella", and mix it with a little 'Pied Piper' and you'll get the English folktale of 'Tattercoats'.

Season: 1 Episode: 564
'Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse' is an English folktale that is profoundly sad, beginning with two lovely mice and a countryside tableau and ending with none of this.

Season: 1 Episode: 565
You know that I can't pass up a good origin story, right? 'The Islands of Flowers' is a very, very good one about the origin of the Azores.

Season: 1 Episode: 566
Sometimes you want a story to make you think about race, gender or power. And sometimes you want an explanation for why dogs sniff each other. Today, 'Why Dogs Sniff' answers that pressing question.

Season: 1 Episode: 567
'The Table, The Sifter and The Pinchers' is my favorite version of the story of three gifts given by a King and stolen by an innkeeper. Seriously, what was wrong with innkeepers?

Season: 1 Episode: 568
Not a single character in 'The King Who Wanted a Beautiful Wife' could even remotely be considered a "good" person. Which is, honestly, a first for The Folktale Project.

Season: 1 Episode: 569
'The Bucket' is a story that should feel terribly familiar. However, unlike other versions, a lesson is learned where is wasn't before.

Season: 1 Episode: 570
In 'The Two Humpbacks' we have another tale that explores the difference in fates between two individuals. However, in this case, there's no clear good or bad person but definitely good and bad outcomes - and maybe that's the point.

Season: 1 Episode: 571
'The Party from Gibbet Island' is a tale about Ellis Island long before it was the hub of immigration in the US.

Season: 1 Episode: 572
'The Phantom Dragoon' is a rare tale from the Revolutionary United States that praises the ingenuity of a young English scout. A rare story indeed.

Season: 1 Episode: 573
Today we have our annual reading of Charles Skinner's 'Consecration of Washington'. Because nobody deifies their leaders quite like Americans.

Season: 1 Episode: 547
We start off our week of Chinese folklore with a short tale chock full of schadenfreude, 'Who Was the Sinner?' from "The Chinese Fairy Book".

Season: 1 Episode: 575
'The Three Rhymesters' is a fun story that praises intelligence and a quick wit. And it praises (to an extent) a young woman, which is unfortunately rare in folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 576
In 'The Halos of The Saints' we discover that saints and scholars have halos that can blind people. and that foxes are scared of them both!

Season: 1 Episode: 577
This week is a visit to Russia for three new tales, beginning with Bain's 'The Brave Labourer', a story all about the bravery we find when we really don't have a choice in our actions.

Season: 1 Episode: 578
It seems like we all end up knowing someone like Demyan from 'The Tale of the Peasant Demyan'. Someone who is hard hearted and always ready to both be right and to quarrel.

Season: 1 Episode: 579
'Morozko' is a tale of the Russian Jack Frost, a good daughter and a bad daughter, and the world's smartest talking dog.

Season: 1 Episode: 580
The Filipino folktale of 'The Flood Story' isn't an adaptation of the Judeo-Christian Flood. It's so, so much better.

Season: 1 Episode: 181
'The Story of the Creation' from Mindanao is an amazing creation tale, and that's not just that I love creation folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 582
'The Story of a Monkey' is a Filipino progressive folktale with a surprising twist at the end.

Season: 1 Episode: 583
'The Unmannerly Tiger' is our very first folklore from Korea and the story of a very hungry, very proud tiger named "Mountain Uncle" 🐯.

Season: 1 Episode: 584
In 'A Bridegroom for Miss Mole' we meet a father determined to find the best husband in the entire world possible for his beautiful daughter. But nobody feels worthy.

Season: 1 Episode: 585
In the Korean folktale of 'The Rabbit's Eyes' we find a turtle who has nefarious plans and a bunny who is (thankfully) as smart as he is trusting.

Season: 1 Episode: 586
In 'The Bright Sun Brings it to Light' the Brothers Grimm bring us a story about the strength of a guilty man's conscience.

Season: 1 Episode: 587
At first blush 'The Grey Mare in the Garret' seems like a ghost story, but in reality it's a love tale set during The Plague in "Folklore and Legends: German".

Season: 1 Episode: 588
'Eve's Various Children' provides us a divine rationalization for some very serious classism.

Season: 1 Episode: 589
'The Teapot' is Hans Christian Andersen at his finest. A sweet, sad and poignant tale that is almost a complete rebuttal to last Friday's story of divine classism from the Brothers Grimm.

Season: 1 Episode: 590
In 'The Happy Family' Hans Christian Andersen gives us a pretty solid allegory for the myopic view of nationalism.

Season: 1 Episode: 591
'The Old Gravestone' is a love letter by Hans Christian Andersen to the art of storytelling in quite possibly the saddest way possible. Because it's Hans Christian Andersen.

Season: 1 Episode: 592
'The Old Woman and Her Pig' is the silliest of silly English folktales. And for a progressive tale that's saying quite a bit.

Season: 1 Episode: 593
'How Jack Went to Seek His Fortune' is a fun version of 'The Bremen Town Musicians' and an excellent foil to the American idea of the solitary Hero's Journey. Jack can't get his fortune without the animal friends he meets along the way.

Season: 1 Episode: 594
'Catskin' is a version of the Cinderella story, and what is missing with the evil stepmother and sisters is more than made up with a cook who constantly calls Catskin "you dirty, impudent slut!"

Season: 1 Episode: 595
'Christmas Tree' is the story about how fashion came to the Piccaninnies in New Zealand and has nothing at all to do with Christmas.

Season: 1 Episode: 596
'Fairy Tenderheart' only wants to see an end to war and finds help in The Oldest Fairy and a magic flower.

Season: 1 Episode: 597
Our final fairy tale from New Zealand is a story about two different types of fairies playing in the Bush in New Zealand. It doesn't get much better than that.

Season: 1 Episode: 598
As someone who truly hates conflict I absolutely understand the protagonist of 'The Mistaken Gifts'. But let's all remember to get confirmation of all of our wedding proposals, OK?

Season: 1 Episode: 599
Our final story from the Philippines this week is one of my favorite types of stories - an origin tale that tries to explain an animal's behavior. In this case it's 'Why Dogs Wag Their Tails'.

Season: 1 Episode: 600
This week we're catching up with the story of Blondine with Part 2, 'Blondine Lost' where we see the young Princess become lost in an enchanted forest.

Season: 1 Episode: 601
In Part 3 of Blondine, 'The Forest of Lilacs' we get a bit of breather as the young Princess comes to the realization that she is lost in the enchanted forest.

Season: 1 Episode: 602
In 'Blondine's Awakening – Beau-Minon - A French Folktale' our Princess awakens to find herself alone in the enchanted Forest of Lilacs. Or is she really alone?

Season: 1 Episode: 603
Heading back to Japan this week we start with a story that tells us why moths and other insects are drawn to a flame. And of course it's blamed on a female insect. :rollseyes

Season: 1 Episode: 604
The meddlesome father in this story of love from Japan may be a Deity, but that unfortunately doesn't make him any less of a villain to 'The Star Lovers'.

Season: 1 Episode: 605
In the Japanese folktale of 'Hana-Saka-Jiji' we meet two old couples who couldn't be more opposite of each other, and in the end each gets their due.

Season: 1 Episode: 606
We often romanticize it, but in the individual stories of soldiers we see the true brutality of war. The American folktale of 'Father and Son' tells such a tale and the impact that it can have on generations.

Season: 1 Episode: 607
In 'The Legend of The Peace Pipe' we get a view of the origins of the peace pipe from the Omaha nation.

Season: 1 Episode: 608
In 'How Rabbit Caught the Sun in a Trap' we hear the story of a sun catcher who hated not being first to the hunt (even though he was).

Season: 1 Episode: 609
The German folktale of 'The Toy of the Young Giantess' is all about remembering to keep perspective in mind.

Season: 1 Episode: 610
The magistrates in 'The Cathedral Clock' are some of the most shortsighted rulers to have ever come into power. No pun intended.

Season: 1 Episode: 611
'The Knave of Bergen' is the tale of an executioner who was, thankfully, able to think on his feet.

Season: 1 Episode: 612
In the first of three new stories from China we have 'The Great Flood' a story that has familiar elements from the Judeo-Christian tradition, Russian folklore and others.

Season: 1 Episode: 613
In the Chinese tale of 'The Silkworm Goddess' we learn about the origin of the Goddess who is tasked with protecting the silkworm. And it's quite the story.

Season: 1 Episode: 614
'The Three Ruling Gods' tells us the story of how the Gods of the Water, Earth and Heavens came to be, and why they appear the way they do.

Season: 1 Episode: 615
In 'The Wicked King' the King is truly wicked, but the more interesting character (in my opinion) is his enabler, the executioner.

Season: 1 Episode: 616
In 'Elivra, the Sainted Princess' we see the conflict between the historical King Wamba and his secretly Christian daughter, Elvira.

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