P is for Purging the Physique—A to Z Blog Challenge

We are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/). The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Hope & Healing…folktales around the world that beat back viruses. Each post highlights one or more balms to soothe and cure our struggles of today with oral tradition and lore of the past. At times, a post will make a connection to history. You can guess what inspired this theme. Yes, the COVID-19. What better time to delve into tales where things can and do turn out “happily ever after”?

Purging the Physique

From Brothers Grimm-

This story feels more like science fiction than a folktale. Perhaps an edge of Frankenstein. Three army doctors, after experimenting, realize they can remove and put back particular body parts. This is an extreme purge. They were proud and never turned down a challenge. The ending is questionable as they became rich but yearned for how it was before. So happy ending? No, but they still were healed to a degree.

50-word-or-less summary:

Three doctors determined to impress innkeeper. They boasted they could remove eye, hand, and gut/heart and return the next day. Girl placed parts in cupboard. Cat discovered parts. Girl-afraid-replaced with cat’s eye, thief’s hand, and hog’s gut/heart. Doctors used salve. Took on abilities of cat, thief, and hog.

Version of Story: https://www.longlongtimeago.com/once-upon-a-time/fairytales/grimms-fairytales/the-three-army-surgeons-die-drei-feldscherer/

Compare to History:

The first known prosthesis was of a big toe for an Egyptian noblewoman between 950-710 B.C.E. The prosthesis throughout time had been “as much medical device as it is an emotional comfort.” As sandals were worn, the noblewoman needed her toe to feel like all was well.

More on the History: http://unyq.com/the-history-of-prosthetics/

From Norway-

This type of purging is more of an exorcism…kind-of. The imagination can be powerful enough to arise from certain death.

50-word-or-less summary:

Shoemaker fetched parson to pray over dying wife. Parson confused bit of shoemaker’s leather for wafer and a cup of powder for a cup of wine. Crazy circumstances and powder exploded. Wife sat up from explosion. Saw figures in smoke she thought were demons. Scared/purged the sickness from her!

Finding the Story: Hodne, Ørnulf. The Types of the Norwegian Folktale. Bergen: Universitetsforlaget, 1984. https://www.amazon.com/Types-Norwegian-Folktale-Serie-B-Skrifter/dp/8200068498/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=Hodne%2C+%C3%98rnulf.+The+Types+of+the+Norwegian+Folktale.+Bergen%3A+Universitetsforlaget%2C+1984.&qid=1585810014&sr=8-1-fkmr0

Compare to History:

We all have probably experienced sensory perceptions and link it to hallucinations. Psychologist Philip Corlett and collaborator Albert Powers agreed that having hallucinations—of varying degrees of hearing voices to sensing a text before it comes—was something that was normal to experience rather than clinical.

More on the History: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/571819/

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings in process of being adapted due to COVID-19.Our 2020 Festival has been transformed into Story Crossroads Spectacular, a virtual experience. See here: http://www.storycrossroads.org/spectacular on May 13, 2020 starting at 9am MDT with events all day.

We thank our funders such as National Endowment for the Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, Zoo, Arts & the Parks of Salt Lake County (ZAP), City of Murray, Salt Lake City Arts Council, and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by donating today!

K is for Golden Key–A to Z Blog Challenge

We are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Key-

I lose my keys all over the place. Perhaps I would be better at it if they were made out of gold. Delight in this classic Brothers Grimm tale.

Brothers Grimm – http://pitt.edu/~dash/grimm200.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Boy is cold in the snow. He goes for firewood. He decided it best to have a fire outside. He swept away the snow. He found a golden key. He then found a lock. The key fits…to a chest. But the treasures inside? Not for us to know.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

G is for Golden Goose, Gizzard, & Godmother–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019GWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Goose-

Sometimes it is clear that the goose is golden and other times it is more about golden eggs. Though, I decided to group those kinds together. There is also a Buddhist tale that is similar to the Golden Elephant Tusks story (see that blog post here).

Aesop’s Fable – http://www.storyit.com/Classics/Stories/goldengooseegg.htm

50-word-or-less summary:

Man and wife has goose that laid golden eggs. Each day, more golden eggs were laid. Man and wife become impatient. Suspect more gold inside the goose.  Kill the goose. Just like any other goose. No more gold.

Brothers Grimm – http://www.topics-mag.com/folk-tales/folk-tale-greed-china.htm

50-word-or-less summary:

Three brothers approached by dwarf, only youngest (Simpleton) shares lunch. Dwarf rewards Simpleton. Cut tree, find golden goose. Simpleton pays inn’s stay with feather. Attracts attention…and hand…of innkeeper’s daughter. Stuck! Another sister. Stuck! Another sister. Stuck! More people. Stuck! Simpleton carries goose with people stuck. Princess laughs. Marriage.

Buddhist (Jataka Tales) – http://whisperingbooks.com/Show_Page/?book=Jataka_Tales&story=Golden_Goose

50-word-or-less summary:

Goose with golden feathers learns of poor family. Goose explains that he will give a golden feather. Hurrah! Money. Goose gives another feather. Hurrah! Money spent. Repeats. Greed. Woman takes all feathers. These feathers turn white/normal when forcefully taken. New feathers grow back. Normal. Goose never returns.

Golden Gizzard-

So a muscled-wall of a bird’s stomach can be golden…and find out how.

Czechoslavak – http://oaks.nvg.org/czech10.html#bigogi

50-word-or-less summary:

Poor family kind to golden bird. Lays golden eggs. Sold to goldsmith. Goldsmith’s son sees bird. Secret inscription. Marries daughter of this family (bird as dowry). Will eat gizzard (each morning golden ducats) and heart (become king). Two poor boys eat instead. Gambling. Throw-up gizzard. Girl eats. Goats. Reunion. Marriage.

Golden Godmother-

Cinderella is not the only one with a godmother. You may be jealous.

Czechoslavak – http://oaks.nvg.org/czech13.html#gogod

50-word-or-less summary:

Lukas handled money poorly. Meanwhile, he and wife wished for child. No child when rich, only when poor. Worried over christening. No one to be godmother. Lukas chose first person on way to christening. Poor woman at crossroads. Grants golden ducat. Gold multiplies.  Girl named Marishka. Prince sees her. Marriage.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.