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The King's Magic Drum: A Nigerian Folktale

The King’s Magic Drum: A Nigerian Folktale
Posted on: September 3, 2021

Ancient Calabar had a good, kind king named Efraim Duke—a peaceful man who did not believe in war. King Efraim had a fantastic possession—a magic drum that, when beaten, provided plenty of good food and drink…

The Husband and the Parrot – An Arabic Folktale

The Husband and the Parrot – An Arabic Folktale
Posted on: July 6, 2021

The following story features in the famous collection of stories—most of us would have read in our childhood and narrated to our children—titled “One Thousand and One Arabian Nights”…

By the Will of the Pike – A Russian Folktale

By the Will of the Pike – A Russian Folktale
Posted on: May 22, 2021

Emelya is a lazy lad in a remote village in Russia who does nothing but eat and sleep beside the stove all day, while his brothers and sisters-in-law slog all day. However, Emelya becomes the talk of the village after he receives mystical powers from a magic pike he fishes out of the ice…

Rumpelstiltskin – A German Folktale

Rumpelstiltskin – A German Folktale
Posted on: April 15, 2021

There once lived a miller, in a faraway land in Germany, whose ill fate made his wealth dwindle, and landed him in misery and poverty. Unable to find a moral solution to redeem himself, he devised a plan to get rich…

The Magician's Daughter - A Scandinavian Folktale

The Magician’s Daughter – A Scandinavian Folktale
Posted on: February 21, 2021

The story happens in the frontiers of Finland bordering with Sweden, on a high mountain covered with magnificent yet sinister forests on both its sides…

The Quest of Cleverness - A Brazilian Folktale

The Quest of Cleverness – A Brazilian Folktale
Posted on: January 8, 2021

This folktale entails the endeavors of a king to redeem his son from a bout of stupidity. No amount of schooling could make the boy learn anything and years just passed…

Second Sight - A Japanese Folktale

Second Sight – A Japanese Folktale
Posted on: November 30, 2020

There was a village at which a weary traveller arrived. He looked for an inn, and before long, he found one that would suit him, shabby though it looked…

The Mayamah: An Australian Folktale

The Mayamah: An Australian Folktale
Posted on: October 12, 2020

The Aborigines of that place in Eastern Australia had all left their camp and gone away to attend a borah—an initiation ceremony of the Aboriginal people of Eastern Australia, acknowledging youths changed to men…

The Language of the Birds - A Russian Folktale: Part 2

The Language of the Birds – A Russian Folktale: Part 2
Posted on: August 8, 2020

So, with only the slightest hesitation, Ivan told his parents what the nightingale sang, for it was sad news, but his parents, nevertheless, had wished only for the truth…

The Language of the Birds - A Russian Folktale: Part 1

The Language of the Birds – A Russian Folktale: Part 1
Posted on: August 1, 2020

In a town, somewhere in holy Russia, there lived a wealthy merchant, his wife, and their only son Ivan, a dear, bright, and brave boy. It was a lovely day and they were having dinner at the table with Ivan…

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