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“NĀRANJ O TORANJ” AND A TROLL IN THE WELL

MAIN PIECE: Informant: I am gonna be live remembering this… So what I know is it’s called “Nāranj o Toranj.” And nāranj… Means like… Orange, kind of? I think? I have no idea what toranj means. But maybe that’s a name. Um… But there’s something to do with it… So there’s this prince. And his… Continue Reading »

Tale of Golem (Kid’s Version)

Main Piece: Collector (me): So like, what’s the version [of Golem] you first grew up with and are most familiar with? Informant: So the first one I heard is not gonna be the most common, but the first one I heard, but it’s like trying to teach little Jewish kids “Don’t be a kvetcher,” which… Continue Reading »

The Man With the Coconuts

Context The following story comes from my friend who enjoys telling me about various Philipino folktales that she heard from her parents when she was younger. ———————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is a transcription of the story told to me. “So there’s this man with a bunch of coconuts and he’s loading them all up on… Continue Reading »

The Legend of The Beast of Bodmin Moor

Informant: In the 1970s there was a rumor, legend, whatever, that there was a beast on Bodmin Moor in Devon. The moor was isolated and creepy and people became afraid to go there because of this beast. You need to know there were a lot of sheep on the moor that had been found mutilated… Continue Reading »

Russian Urban Legend

Name: Баба Яга Transliteration: Baba Yaga Description: Informant describes it as an Urban Legend that became a fairytale, but presented more like a legend. It is a witch who lives in a traditional log cabin. The cabin sits on either two or one giant bird feet. She is a cannibalistic witch. Her house is decorated… Continue Reading »