Wednesday, July 06, 2016

C100. Baer (p. 108). Wise Bird and Foolish Bird

This is Chase100.

Motifs K0053 deceptive contest in fasting
Harris got the story from Helen Barclay who in turn learned it from "a native African woman, of good intelligence, who claimed to be a princess. She had an eagle tattooed on her bosom - a sign of royalty."

see Congo tale with Owl as foolish bird and Kingfisher as bird who manages to eat; see the Luba tale "during the day fly-bird catches insects, but owl cannot see; a night owl cannot leave the vine to catch mice."

There is a similar Seminole tale; see Dundes.

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