Saturday, May 28, 2016

C038. Baer (p. 61). How Brother Fox Was Too Smart

This is Chase038.

Types AT0001 theft of fish
Motifs K1026 dupe imitates trickster's thefts and is caught.
K0341.2.1 animal feigns death repeatedly and then entices owner from goods
Story is followup to Chase015 where Brer Rabbit plays dead in the road.
There are obvious problems about classifying this story: there is what Fox wants to happen (entices owner from goods) compared to what actually takes place.
Baer comments "Since Pars and Dorson regard the immediate source of Chase015 as Africa, and since this tale is a continuation of Chase015, with Thompson citing an Ibo version, the immediate source here too is probably Africa." 

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