U is for Golden Umbrella–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019UWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Umbrella Illustrations - story imageGolden Umbrella-

This “Golden Umbrella” story is found with 21 other Nepalese stories. I ordered the book and had hoped it would come in time…but it was “U”nfair (see what I did there?) and will likely arrive one day too late.  So…here is a picture to give a hint of this story. The summary is to be updated once the book is actually received.  Though, if you wish to discover the mystery or purchase it, the link below will guide. “u.” (Ha!)

Nepal – https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Umbrella-Nepalese-Folktales/dp/8173031622

Original 50-word-or-less summary before book arrived:

Prince shares golden umbrella. Lady smiles. Conflict comes upon the scene. Then more things happen. Prediction: happy ending with probably wedding of Prince and Lady.

Actual 50-word-or-less summary after book arrived:

Tuhuri’s Father remarried. Rooster became best friend. Step-mother demanded rooster be eaten. Tuhuri buried rooster bones, golden umbrella grew from them. People traveled to see it. No one could pull umbrella out. Prince fell for Tuhuri (and umbrella). She gave umbrella to him. Married. Step-family plotted. Mistaken identity discovered. Happiness.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

T is for Golden Table, Touch, Tree, & Thumb–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019TWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Table-

There are whole stories on River Mumma and she is simply mentioned as one who protects the Golden Table. Though please explore this fascinating…and scary…figure in Jamaican folklore.

Jamaica – https://www.uexpress.com/tell-me-a-story/2011/5/1/river-mumma-and-the-golden-table Though River Mumma also uses Golden Comb to lure people, see here:  https://jamaicanfolktales.weebly.com/index.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Below waters lie Golden Table left behind by Spainards, guarded by River Mumma. During hottest days, Table floats up. Man with 12 oxen pulled Table. All drowned. Bastian and Lora (kids) saw it. Argued on whether to get it. Day cooled, table sunk back. Told another. That person drowned. Kids were safe.

Golden Touch-

King Midas is famous for that golden touch. Though there is a link below, there are so many versions. Some say the daughter returns to life. I prefer the version when the daughter does not and this leads to another story involving King Midas with “The King with Donkey Ears.” Some see King Midas as being greedy. I see him as a kindhearted fool that could be any one of us.

Greek Mythology – https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Mortals/King_Midas/king_midas.html

50-word-or-less summary:

King Midas helps satyr. Dionysus rewards King with golden touch. Puts on feast. All turn to gold-food, drink. King cries. Will die by starvation. Daughter runs to comfort Father. Daughter turns to gold. Wish golden touch to be gone! Washes in river. No longer has golden touch. Daughter lost forever.

Golden Tree-

Forgiveness is beautiful, especially between husband and wife. The King’s realization of his mistake and desire to risk his life to find her again is moving.

India – http://spiritoftrees.org/the-golden-tree (retold by Laura Simms)

50-word-or-less summary:

Jealous Wives of King speak ill of fourth and kind Wife. King finally believes lies. Queen flees, disguises as beggar. She dreams of Golden Tree and next morning is pregnant. King told to find Golden Tree to find Queen. King risks life to find her. Forgiveness. Reunion with 7-year-old Son.

Golden Thumb-

This story–or more a story snippet–makes me think long and hard about the ability to have something “golden” and the ability to see something “golden.” How do you see the truth in this situation between the Merchant and the Miller?

England – https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type1620.html#goldenthumb

50-word-or-less summary:

Merchant wishes to mock the Miller and claims that honest millers have a golden thumb. Miller confirms it is true. The Miller shows his thumb though Merchant says it looks like any other thumb. Miller says his thumb is gold but the Merchant has no power to see it.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

S is for Golden Spike, Spears, Swan, Snail, Scales, Shoe, Slipper, Sandal, Serpent, Spinning Wheel, Star Fruit Tree, & Stool–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019SWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Spike-

As the whole Golden theme is due to the Golden Spike, this story is shared despite not being a folktale. Though, having such a way to travel did involve “the folk” to make it happen with many different cultures including the Chinese, Irish, recently-freed African Americans, Shoshoni, Paiute, Washo, and Mormons (today preferred to be called members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

Utah – https://utah.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=e679f80b19ed4482b10910f2a918946e&folderid=578cf9fd8d4a4ce083a62bb331829c67

50-word-or-less summary:

Locomotives traveled faster than any other way. Asa Whitney petitioned Congress in 1845 for grants to build railway. Many routes considered. The joining of two railroads–Central Pacific and Union Pacific–took place on Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869. Golden spike missed twice but still considered “done” by telegraph heard around the world.

Golden Spears-

These “spears” are not weapons but are due to two mountains that looked like golden spears. This story has a “Rip Van Winkle” feel to it. Thankfully, the mother did know what happened to her two children probably by some messenger of the Fairy Queen.

Ireland – https://www.worldoftales.com/European_folktales/Irish_Folktale_4.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Connla and Nora saved thrush from hawk. Thrush said they must hear nine fairy pipers on “Golden Spear,” mountain’s nickname. Thrush told them to see crystal hall of fairies. Children explored and saw second “Golden Spear” mountain. Saw fairy queen. Slept for seven years (felt like one night). Returned. Happiness.

Golden Swan-

This story is almost exactly like the “Golden Goose” and well as similar to the “Golden Elephant Tusks.” Though it does not reveal it in this link below, but I heard that the father was reincarnated as the swan and explains more of the concern the swan has for the family.

India – https://www.culturalindia.net/indian-folktales/jataka-tales/the-golden-swan.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Swan with golden feathers learns of poor family. Swan explains that he will give a golden feather. Hurrah! Money. Swan gives another feather. Hurrah! Money spent. Repeats. Greed. Woman takes all feathers. These feathers turn white/normal when forcefully taken. New feathers grow back. Normal. Swan never returns.

Golden Snail-

A Princess tosses a snail out of garden…what many people would do. It is tough to be cursed for a simple act, especially when no malice was meant.

Indonesia – https://indonesiantale.blogspot.com/2017/02/indonesian-folktales-for-storytelling-golden-snail-keong-mas.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Prince and Princess married. Witch curses Princess into Golden Snail. Widow catches snail. Comes home to clean place and meal. Discovers Golden Snail is enchanted. Widow tosses shell to break half of curse. Prince will remarry if wife-to-be looks like former wife. Finds Princess. Holy orchestra plays. Curse completely broken.

Golden Scales-

The opening and closing of the story references “Roland,” one of the 52 bells of a carillon tower. “Roland” sings for victory or tolls for fire. On top of this tower is a golden dragon weather vane and this story explains why.

Belgium – http://whisperingbooks.com/Show_Page/?book=Classic_Fairy_Tales_And_Stories&story=Dragon_Of_Ghent

50-word-or-less summary:

Dragon wept whenever Belgians and Saracens fought. Tears brought fertile land and tulip (Turk’s Turban). Taff took seeds home. Soothsayer predicted that dragon’s brown scales would change to gold. Did! Dragon flew to find Taff’s garden to see flowers he created. Arrow shot down dragon. Dragon weather vane overlooks flowers.

Golden Spinning Wheel-

You may think this is about Rumpelstiltskin and the spinning wheel that could change straw to gold. Nope. There is a golden spinning wheel that spins its own tale.

Czechoslavak – http://oaks.nvg.org/czech12.html#gospiw

50-word-or-less summary:

Twin girls. Dobrunka-kind. Zloboha-cruel. Dobrunka provides meal to Man. Man proposes next day. Mother and Zloboha chop off Dobrunka’s eyes, feet, and hands while man’s gone. Hermit gives golden spinning wheel for two eyes, golden distaff for feet, golden spindle for hands. Dobrunka restored. Golden spinning wheels sings deception. Reunion.

Golden Shoe-

Cinderella stories do not usually begin with the Cinderella character already a princess.

Scotland – http://www.misskelly.org/cinderella/golden_shoes.htm

50-word-or-less summary:

King remarried. Queen mistreated stepdaughter. Princess tended sheep. Starvation. Grey-horned sheep fed her. Discovered! Butchered-then-resurrected sheep. Prince saw shepherdess/Princess. Prince gave tiny golden shoes. Princess ran. One shoe left behind. Prince vowed to marry who fits shoe. Queen’s daughter cut off toes. Bird warned of bloody shoes. Princess found, married.

Golden Slipper-

Cinderella stories often involve a ball or party of some kind. This party is for more than one night. One can be careful the first night….

Philippines – https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0510a.html#fansler

50-word-or-less summary:

Father remarried. Stepmother with two daughters. Maria treated poorly. Discussing clothes to Prince’s ball. Crab is Maria’s mother. Caught and cooked. Shell buried, turned into tree that granted Maria’s wardrobe/golden slippers. Party for two nights, Maria ran. One slipper left. Prince vowed to marry who fits slipper. Maria fits. Marriage.

Golden Sandal-

Another Cinderella tale. Isn’t it nice to compare? Forget golden shoes or slippers.  Let’s now have golden sandals.

Middle East – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/830061.The_Golden_Sandal

50-word-or-less summary:

Maha’s Father remarried. Maha saved red fish, granted help for years. Merchant to be married. Henna celebration beforehand. Due to red fish, Maha dressed with golden sandals. Forgot time. Ran. Golden sandal fell in water. Bride’s brother found sandal. Vowed to marry to whom it belonged. Marriage. Stepmother’s trick backfired.

Gold Giving Serpent-

This feels a little like the “Golden Swan” above or the “Golden Goose” or “Golden Elephant Tusks“…only that there is death involved.

India – https://www.culturalindia.net/indian-folktales/panchatantra-tales/gold-giving-serpent.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Brahmin failed at farming. Serpent appeared. Brahmin apologized to serpent, offered milk. Next day, gold coin in bowl. Brahmin gave more milk to serpent. More gold. Brahmin asked son to care for serpent. Greed. Son struck serpent. Serpent killed son. Brahmin learned of son’s death. Greed over grief. Serpent left.

Golden Star Fruit Tree-

This is really the same story as “Golden Flute” but this instrument is “Golden Reed Pipe.” Otherwise, the same.  Though, this is more complete than the link found for “Golden Flute.”

Vietnam – http://www.vietnam-culture.com/articles-15-4/The-Golden-star-fruit-tree.aspx

50-word-or-less summary:

Rich man died. Inheritance. Oldest son took all while Youngest got star fruit tree. Raven ate fruit and asked for three-foot bag only. Raven carried Youngest to island with gold/stones. Truth revealed. Oldest exchanged his riches for star fruit tree. Oldest did two six-foot bags. Heavy for Raven! Oldest drowned.

Golden Stool-

We started with a historical tale with “Golden Spike” and will end with a historical tale “Golden Stool.” Thank you to International Storyteller Mara Menzies for reminding me of this story.

Ashanti (Ghana) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfaoybhVfco

50-word-or-less summary:

Golden Stool conjured from sky and landed in King Osei Tutu’s lap. British led 2,500 troops to subjugate Ashanti. Ashanti defeated in July, 1874. Must cover cost of 1874 war. Refused to use Golden Stool. March 25, 1900 – speech – British Queen entitled to Stool. Ashanti women united, strengthened men. Exiled Ashanti King yet Stool protected!

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

R is for Golden Rings & Reed Pipe–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019RWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Rings-

Images of “The Lord of the Rings” comes to mind, though this golden ring that can multiply itself and even serves as a symbol of fertility…combined with death.

Viking Lore AND About Gold Ring Draupnir –http://www.ancientpages.com/2017/07/26/draupnir-god-odins-magical-ring-multiply/

50-word-or-less summary:

Loki tricks dwarves to compete in making gifts for the gods while offering his head in payment. One of the gifts (besides Thor’s hammer) is a ring that multiplies itself with eight other rings-given to Odin. Brokk and Ertri won. Loki said can have his head but not his neck.

Viking Lore AND About Gold Ring Andvaranaut –http://www.ancientpages.com/2017/04/12/andvaranaut-magical-ring-made-gold-stolen-norse-god-loki/

https://spangenhelm.com/curse-andvaris-stolen-gold-magical-ring-precious/

50-word-or-less summary:

Odin, Loki, and Hœnir kill an otter-shapeshifting-dwarf. Father of dwarf seeds skinned otter skin and demands justice. Loki sent to gather ransom (fill otter skin with gold). Loki uses cursed gold of Andvari as well as the magical ring, Andvaranaut. Loki knew curse would destroy Dwarf’s kingdom. Much death.

Golden Reed Pipe-

This is really the same story as “Golden Flute” but this instrument is “Golden Reed Pipe.” Otherwise, the same.  Though, this is more complete than the link found for “Golden Flute.”

China (Yao) – http://chinese-tales.blogspot.com/2008/04/golden-reed-pipe-yao-folktale.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Little Red (girl) stolen by dragon. She predicted brother would save her. Mother confused-no son. She eats berry, pregnant, has son, Little Bayberry. Bayberry becomes like 14-year-old in days. Learns of sister through crow. Quest. Pushes rock. Finds golden flute. Lizards dance/obey. Plays for dragon. Forced dancing. Rescues sister.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

Q is for Golden Qilin (mythical hooved Chinese chimerical)–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019QWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Qilin-

Is “Qilin” in your vocabulary? What some people nickname the Chinese unicorn? It wasn’t until this A to Z Blog Challenge. So besides being a mythical hooved Chinese chimerical, it also arrives when there is someone wise to behold. Perhaps there is one near the one who has inspired you most.

China – http://chinesefolktales.blogspot.com/2009/10/golden-qilin-fujian.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Couple has no kids. Person’s body with Golden Qilin head becomes their child. Happiness. Couple dies (old age). Princess can be married once war is won. Qilin leads and wins war. Emperor dislikes Qilin’s look. Trickery to be in sealed for 7,749 days. Mad princess. She saves him. Marriage. Banishment. Happiness.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.