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Kristen Matias

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Transcript of Folklore

by Kristen Matias

Japanese folktale
Japanese folktale (cont.)
In the box contained his true age which she did not tell about.Upon returning home he discovered that all his family was long gone. In despair he opened the box which released a cloud of white smoke which causing him to age rapidly and die.

What is Folklore?
Folktale from England
According to some accounts, seeing Black Shuck will result in your death within a year. Black shuck is a hell hound dog that is suppose to represent death and is similar Cerberus the three headed dog that is found guarding the gates of tartarus
Folklore from Indian
Folklore from Japan
There is three types of folktales in India: hitopadesha tales, jataka tales, panchatantra tails. The first tale is hitopadesha tales which is a compilation of short stories which started about a thousand years and its similar to panchatantra. Panchatantra is of short stories of India composed of the second century V. sharma. The purpose of panchantra tales was to define moral values.Jataka tales were written for humans to gain knowledge and morality. Its written in another language but has been translated to a variety of language. These tales intend to tell values of self sacrifice and honesty.
Japanese folklore is a mix of Buddhist tales, Shinto myths, spirits of nature, supernatural beings and historical figures. Some are created to explain a phenomenon or just to pass time and enjoy.
Japanese folktales is divided into various categories: stories of Animals, stories of Village people,stories of Priest and Apprentices, stories of strange happenings, stories of Yamanbas (The Mountain Witch is a demon from Japanese folklore who lives in a hut in the mountains or forest and eats anyone who encounters her) ,stories of supernatural creatures.
Japanese often have funny or strange characters or situations that are out of the ordinary.
Folklore from England
English folklore has been developed over centuries and some stories can be traced back to their origins while some are hard to trace back to . British folklore has many forms like red-riding hood or the modern urban legends. Christian sources, germanic, Celtic have greatly contributed to English folklore. English folklore has many mystical creatures that either cause mischief and malevolent while others help people or peacefully coincide with humans.
The traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth.
La llorona
This story is similar to Pandora's box because he opened the box which he was told never to open just like Pandora and brought misfortune onto himself.
One day Urashima Tora was fishing when he spotted a turtle in trouble and rescued him. In return the magical turtle gave him gills and took Urashima to the dragon palace deep underwater. There he met a nice princess whom he spent a few days under the sea with.Little did he know that time was much slower here but on land 300yrs had passed. When he decide he wanted to return back to land the princess gave him a box. She told him never to open it.
Urashima Tora and the magical turtle
The goddess Satwi has the power to write the future of a baby on their forehead the ton the fifth night after it was born. Her daughter had asked her mother to tell her future in which her mother said no. After a certain amount of pestering her mother told her daughter her future. Her future was that she would marry her son.In an attempt to cheat her fate she said told herself she would never marry, or even look at a man.She went to the woods and built herself a hut in which she lived in until she was a young woman. One day a prince thirst came and drank from the lake and gurgled his water and spat it back into the lake.
Indian folktale
Indian folklore cont.
The young woman later that day tired from gathering food drank the water from the lake with the spat. As soon as it reached her belly she became pregnant and a few months later had a baby. Trying to kill him she wrapped her cloth around him she threw him from the mountainside. The he landed on some banana trees were a childless gardener found him along with his wife. The child grew into a Young man. After many lonely years Thinking that she escaped fate satwi's daughter decided since she killed her son the prophecy would not come true. She went down the mountain and into the valley below were she meet an old couple who showed her great hospitality. Since she had nowhere to go they let her live with them.
She lived and worked hard there.The old couple thought that god had sent her to be there daughter-in-law and so they married their son to her and the woman became the mistress of the house. One day as she was looking for old pots she came across a piece of cloth. It took a matter of seconds to recognize as her own in which to make sure she went to ask her mother-in-law about were the cloth came from.The old woman proceeded to tell her the story on how her husband had found a baby wrapped in cloth on top of the banana trees. Satwai's daughter then realized the prophecy came true. Never did she tell a soul and she lived happily with her husband.
Satwai is like the delphi the oracle in oedipus and her daughter is similar to Oedipus. Oedipus was told that he would marry his mother and kill his father thinking it was Polybus and Merope he left the city trying to escape his fate. In the ended every thing happened as prophesied by the oracle.
"mythology " by Edith Hamilton
Black shuck
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