The legend of Perseus Volume 3 ; a study of tradition in story, custom and belief

9781236348807: The legend of Perseus Volume 3 ; a study of tradition in story, custom and belief
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ...incidents of the Perseus marchen. occur. In company with the incident of the Life-token it is frequently found in stories belonging to the type of The Two Sisters who envied their Cadette.1 From many of such stories, however, the Life-token appears to have dropped. The Greek marchen of The Tzitzinana is an example. There, as in the Arabian Nights, a king overhears three maidens boasting what they could do if they could only marry the royal confectioner, the royal cook, and the king himself respectively. The boast of the youngest sister is that she would bear her lord three children--Sun, Moon, and Star. The king gratifies their desires, to the annoyance of his mother, who plays the part of the envious sisters in 1 Supri, vol. i. page 53. Galland's tale. She so arranges matters that when the children (two fair boys and a girl) are born they are thrown into the sea; and after the third abortion, as the king is led to believe, the unfortunate queen is shut up in a foul and noisome prison. The children are found by a solitary monk, and brought up until they are old enough to shift for themselves. He then gives them money and sends them into the world. They settle in the town; and there the eldest buys from a Jew a mysterious casket which contains a green, pinged horse. Tb,g rnjdwife who,had beaa»charged with the destruction of the children now discovers tKeril stilt'living; and in order to put an end to Jthem, she' excites in the maiden a desire to possess the golden apple watched in a certain garden by forty dragons. With his enchanted horse the eldest brother obtains for her not only the golden apple, but also, on a second journey, a golden bough on which all the birds of the world gather to sing. He is then sent for the Tzitzinaena to explain what the b...

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