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.”
In the category of “tales in which a wicked stepmother kills her stepchild and feeds it to the father, after which the child usually comes back as a bird for revenge,” we have several examples…