Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales
By Ignacz Kunos
Format: Global Grey illustrated edition
Pages (PDF): 348
Publication Date: 1913
Available formats: PDF, epub, Kindle ebook and read online
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This book draws on the rich folklore of Turkey with forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales. Most of these stories are framed by the usual fairy tale apparatus. There are quests to win the hand of a princess, evil step-relations, talking animals, magical objects and transformations, simple (but brave) peasants, wizards and witches, dragons and dungeons, thousand-league journeys, and loveable fools. The majority of these stories contain encounters with Turkish supernatural beings. These are called ‘Dews,’ known elsewhere in Islamic folklore as ‘Devis,’ or ‘Jin,’ Europeanized as ‘Genie.’ (Sometimes in this book, the Turkish Dew are also called ‘Arabs!’) These most resemble the giants of European folk tales, with elements of the fairies. The Dews are, more often than not, malevolent towards humans, although they occasionally help the protagonist in their quest. Note: some of the illustrations would be considered unsuitable by contemporary standards because they are caricatures with obvious ethnic stereotypes. However, in most cases, the illustrator is portraying imaginary creatures, which are supposed to be grotesque.
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