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Fearless girls, wise women, and beloved sisters : heroines in folktales from around the world

Author: Kathleen Ragan
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Collects 100 tales from around the world, including Africa, Western Europe, Native American cultures, Asia, and the Middle East, that feature a heroine.

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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Ragan
ISBN: 0393045986 9780393045987 0393320464 9780393320466
OCLC Number: 37437508
Description: xxvii, 450 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Tales from Europe. The stolen bairn and the sìdh (Scotland) --
The three sisters and their husbands, three brothers (Ireland) --
The corpse watchers (Ireland) --
The crookened back (Ireland) --
The horned women (Ireland) --
Whuppity stoorie (Scotland) --
Molly Whuppie (England) --
The treasure of Downhouse (England) --
The hand of glory (England) --
Tamlane (England) --
The night troll (Iceland) --
The grateful elfwoman (Iceland) --
"My Jon's soul" (Iceland) --
The ghost at Fjelkinge (Sweden) --
Little Red Cap (Germany) --
The wood maiden (Czechoslovakia) --
The child who was poor and good (Greece) --
The pigeon's bride (Yugoslavia) --
How the king chose a daughter-in-law (Romania) --
Marichka (Gypsy) --
Davit (Georgia) --
Anait (Caucasus) --
The fortune-teller (Russia) --
The tsaritsa harpist (Russia). Tales from North and South America. Native Americans. The vampire skeleton (Iroquois) ; The flying head (Iroquois) ; Where the girl saved her brother (Cheyenne) ; Chief Joseph's story of Wallowa Lake (Nez Perce) ; The origin of the potlatch (Quillayute) ; The princess and mountain dweller (people of the Northwest Coast) ; The princess and the magical hat (people of the Northwest Coast) ; The Lytton girls who were stolen by giants (Salishan people) ; The legend of the Coppermine River (Inuit) ; The huntress (Inuit) ; Story of a female shaman (Reindeer Chukchee) ; The magic eagle (Timotean people, Venezuela) --
New World newcomers. "I'm Tipingee, she's Tipingee, we're Tipingee, too'' (Haiti) ; The innkeeper's wise daughter (Jewish-American) ; Molly Cotton-Tail steals Mr. Fox's butter (African-American). Tales from Asia. A rani's revenge (Orissa, India) --
How Parvatibai outwitted the Dacoits (Maharashtra, India) --
The close alliance : a tale of woe (Punjab, India) --
The barber's clever wife (Punjab, India) --
A wonderful story (India) --
The importance of lighting (Tamil Nadu, India) --
The child of death (Vietnam) --
The story of Princess Amaradevi (Cambodia) --
The tale of the Oki Islands (Japan) --
The monkey bridegroom (Japan) --
The mirror of Matsuyama : a story of old Japan (Japan) --
The tiger and the coal peddler's wife (Korea) --
The plucky maiden (Korea) --
The phoenix and her city (Hui people China) --
Sailimai's four precious things (Hui people, China) --
A woman's love (Uighur people, China) --
Maiden Liu, the songster (Yao people, China) --
The festival of pouring water (Yunnan, China) --
A polite idiosyncrasy (Kwangtung, China) --
The young head of the family (Kwangtung, China) --
Altyn-Aryg (Altaian people, Siberia) --
The wife who stole a heart (Kalmuck people, Siberia). Tales from the Pacific. Hiiaka catching a ghost (Hawaii) --
Hiiaka and the seacoast kupuas (Hawaii) --
A calabash of poi (Hawaii) --
Rau-whato (Maori people, New Zealand) --
How Pulap acquired the art of navigation (Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia) --
Rola and the two sisters (Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia) --
The old woman and the giant (Philippines) --
The magic coin (Philippines) --
The creation of Lake Asbold (Asmat people, Irian Jaya, Indonesia) --
Senan and Aping (Kenyah people, Sarawak, Malaysia) --
Ubong and the head-hunters (Kenyah people, Sarawak, Malaysia) --
Kumaku and the giant (Fiji) --
Revival and revenge (Kewa people, Papua, New Guinea) --
Uzu, the white dogai (Torres Straits, Australia) --
The black snake man and his wife, the dove (Munkan people, Australia) --
The mogwoi's baby (Arnhem Land, Australia) --
Biriwilg (told by women) (Arnhem Land, Australia). Tales from Sub-Saharan Africa. The woman, her husband, their children and the dodo (Hausa people, Nigeria) --
Ku-Chin-Da-Gayya and her elder sister and the dodos (Hausa people, Nigeria) --
Moremi and the Egunguns (Yoruba people, Nigeria) --
The spider, Kayi, and the bush fowl (Limba people, Sierra Leone) --
The story of two women (Limba people, Sierra Leone) --
The man killed for a spinach leaf (Limba people, Sierra Leone) --
The leopard woman (Liberia) --
The midwife of Dakar (Senegal) --
A woman for a hundred cattle (Swahili) --
Wacu and the eagle (Agikuyu people, Kenya) --
Elephant and Hare (Maasai people, Kenya) --
Nonikwe and the great one, Marimba (Zulu) --
How the Milky Way came to be (South Africa) --
Nanabolele, who shines in the night (Basotho people, Lesotho) --
Jackal and Hen (Basotho people, Lesotho). Tales from North Africa and the Middle East. Women's wiles (Syria) --
The Feslihanci girl (Turkey) --
The story of the city of nothing-in-the-world (Persia) --
The "pink pearl'' prince (Iran) --
Who is blessed with the realm, riches, and honor? (Israel) --
The story of the king, Hamed bin Bathara, and of the fearless girl (Arab) --
The sultan's daughter (Sudan) --
Yousif al-Saffani (Sudan) --
The miser who married (Iraq) --
The sign of the tassel (Iraq).
Responsibility: edited by Kathleen Ragan.


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"As edifying as it is entertaining." -- Booklist "Anthologist Kathleen Ragan has, with the publication of this book, become an important figure in the restoration of the feminine aspect of the hero. Read more...

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