When It Comes To Folktales, Fairytales, Legends, Myths,

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When it comes to folktales, fairytales, legends, myths, and popular and unpopular lore, I believe I have a pretty extensive collection of fairytales and myths stored away in my mental library. These are tales that I can pull out and tell on a moment’s notice. My library has stories from all over Europe, including obscure or not well known stories such as “Brother and Sister” (a German tale), “The White Snake” (a German tale), “Cap o’ Rushes” (an English tale), and “Bluebeard” (a French tale) that I can recall and tell to others at the drop of a dime. I know a few from Asia, like “Father Frost” (a Russian tale) and “The Stonecutter” (a Chinese tale). I am even familiar with a few stories originating in the native civilizations of Africa,…show more content…
In ancient Greek and Norse mythology they had the gods and goddesses as characters that would pop up now and again. Characters like Ares, Poseidon, Hercules, Odin, and Thor are all characters that reached iconic levels in modern era storytelling due to their popularity in the storytelling of ancient times. In medieval countries like England and Germany, they had stock characters such as the Knight, the Princess, and the creature that usually represented the Devil. Due to the sheer number of Native American tribes that have been documented and with each having their own set of beliefs, stories, and gods, I will only discuss those deities that were revered by the largest of the Native American tribes (in terms of land occupied not number of members). In addition I will discuss the most wide spread stock character in North American folklore. The character of the “Trickster” was one that showed up in many different forms across the board. The “Trickster” character could come in the form of anything from a raven to a coyote to a racoon, depending on the tribe, and would share some common traits. These similarities included “fundamentally cause[ing] confusion and inconsistent[cies]”, being “a deceiver and play[ing] tricks”, being a “shapeshifter”, turning a “situation upside down and often reflect[ing] the uncertain nature of life”, “act[ing] as a messenger and imitator of the gods”, and acting “spontaneous, without proper thought” (warpaths2peacepipes.com). While many

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