The camahueto: a huge, one-horned, earthquake-causing, sea-dwelling bull from Chilote mythology.
The first in a weekly series of my favorite vintage fairy tale images/artists, featuring works by Elenore Abbott and Howard Pyle.
Meet the gashadokuro, a yōkai (supernatural Japanese being) whose story proved strangely elusive for a giant clattering skeleton-demon.
I don’t have a proper post today, but I wanted to share a couple blog-related things: some great books I bought recently, and an ongoing map of the world’s mythical creatures, cryptids, and assorted supernatural beings. Book Haul: 2 New Treasures and 1 Mystery Thanks to this blog, I’ve made three folklore-related book purchases in […]
In looking for more versions of “The Singing Bone,” I came across a tale called “継子と笛” or “The Stepchild and the Flute.” I took a stab at translating it, since I found only one other Japanese variant in “Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales,” the source of the featured image.
In stories like “The Singing Bone,” we see sibling rivalry that turns to murder, a crime eventually revealed by the eerie song of an instrument made from the murder victim’s bones.
There’s a lot of messed-up stuff there, but of course the most important question is: Can you really make instruments from human bones?
As an introduction to the next set of tales, how about some music?
Appropriately for a tale type known as “The Singing Bone” (ATU type 780), it comes not only in prose, but many, many musical variants of a murder ballad under the general name of “The Twa Sisters.”