Estonian Fairy Tales Up the Beanstalk into Heaven and Coal Porridge: Two Tales of Growing Up

  • Risto Järv Estonian Literary Museum
  • Mairi Kaasik Estonian Literary Museum

Abstract

The article focuses on two Estonian fairy tale types that have been recorded among the Orthodox Seto minority in the south-eastern corner of Estonia. In the index of Estonian folktales they have been described under tales of magic (fairy tales) as tale types Ee 328C* and Ee 327H*. One of the tale types observed is a masculine folk tale (one with male protagonists), the other can be considered a feminine folk tale with female protagonists despite it seemingly having two main characters of different genders. In both tales the protagonists reach a hostile place after moving through liminality, and both tales can be interpreted as tales of growing up.
Published
2018-07-02
How to Cite
JÄRV, Risto; KAASIK, Mairi. Estonian Fairy Tales Up the Beanstalk into Heaven and Coal Porridge: Two Tales of Growing Up. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. 7–20, july 2018. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <https://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/278>. Date accessed: 05 feb. 2023. doi: https://doi.org/10.2478/jef-2018-0002.
Section
Articles

Keywords

children’s tale; folktale; tale of magic; Seto