DAMSELS OVERCOME



READ folktales in a feminine narrative, her attitude.
Able Women or Damsels Overcome

This collection of folktales is about damsel in distress with abilities to overcome helplessness. They are survivors, courageous, clever, intelligent because wise damsels did what they needed to do to exist with the male norms of the time.

As a child, the only stories I heard were fishing and hunting stories told by my dad or what my mom told about her relations. So, I made up my stories as a child does. I traveled by bike with my friend, Marion, to the West Side Library in Colorado City and checked out every fairy tale, folktale, and legend I could. Later in my life, I told Asian stories at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and learn history about other oral worlds of storytelling.

Included in this collects are able animal stories because the female character is a metaphor for human nature. In past histories of our ancestors, they related to animals as teachers.
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#1 - Enjoy this collection, these are strong, determined womenfolk in our story lore:  rabbit, turtle, snakes, spiders, dames, damsels, heroines, women, female, ladies, lassies, matrons, madams, maids, and maidens, grannies/ Check-out The Oak and the Reeds. These folktales tell of their successes, share these tales so males and females are inspired to live our lives as empowered individual. 
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#2 - Little Red Riding Hood has a simple plot, to get to grandma house just be eaten by a wolf. This does not happen in my retake, enhancement, or re-imaging of Innocent Red, The wolves, the young innocent maiden, and old granny had evolved. The maiden has a bag of tricks and denial for the wolves, and Innocent Red helps herself to become a granny.


#3- A tale from Japan, Spider Weaver shows how a spider maiden saved by a male farmer. Her gratitude is the gift of her weaving. As spider secretly weaves, he peeks to see to her magic. She is up for more tragedy.
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#4 - A woman may seem a damsel, never expect this helpless to be true, the damsel is one of the ablest of ladies as shown the Elisa and the Eleven Swans. This lassie quietly through great odds continues her weaving to save her brothers from a wicked spell.
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#5 - By following her man to admire his strength and wisdom, Enid cleverly complements him with words and deeds following his directions in Lady Enid’s Narrative. Enid finds the journey dangerous and why Geraint has to prove his strength and wisdom, the 'Knight in shining armor', the male’s quest of honor and adoration of her and his father.
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#6 - The Rabbit in Moon, a Japanese Folktale, describes a selfless, serving Rabbit. Her friends Monkey and Fox are afraid of a beggar. Rabbit understands their helplessness. Smells of animals sweating, a sweet soup cooking, and the damp, pignit orders of the beggar stuff the hut. In a flash Rabbit saves her friends.
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#7 - Although captured by lust by a young man, The Rice Goddess, a heavenly maiden, married him what else can she do. He again defies her words and looks into her cooking pot causing her to work day and night for her family’s food. In the end, she gives the world the great gift, rice.
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#8 - In Japanese tale, Tatsuko, the Rainbow Dragon is a strong, beautiful maiden, who helps her poor village and her mother. She longs for wealth, beauty, and eternal life. After praying to Benton, Tatsuko gets her wish and gives fish to her mother and the village.
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#9 - A framer, in The Naga Princess, saves a naga from boys trying to kill her. Later she saves BoSinh’s life because he has a hatred for snakes. Princess Naga brings her sister to meet the human. The sister gets prestigious schooling through conversations with BoSinh, a human, and she earns a great reward.
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#10 - A Japanese tale, one old grandma in Sparrow’s Gift is wise, gentle has no greed and she loves the sparrows of the Shinto. Her younger Sister has greed and a lesson to learn from the sparrows.
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#11 - In the Arabian tale Julnar of the Sea is another unspoken maiden who uses silent sexual seduction. Her brother demands she marry of King to save their kingdom; Julnar has her uncle, a merchant, sell her to a Sultan who needs an heir. By the end of the story, she gives prosperity to her family and her son.
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#12 - In European tale Ursula, the Kitchen Princess, a maiden fights against her Farther desires for his recognition. She runs away not wanting to be a Queen and becomes a great chef. Ursula is celebrated for her mastery, even by her Father.
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#13 - In an Irish Folktale Wren, the RULER of Birds through a flying contest is picked as a qualified ‘Ruler of the Birds.’ The Wren is the not biggest, strongest, or most powerful, the winner is the smallest and most clever.
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#14 - Included is one of my original stories, Sylvia Saves the DAY, a gardener who loves Myra, the sun, for nourishment and the warmth given to her plants. When Myra falls from the winter sky, Sylvia with the help of Curren, the wind, searched for Myra.
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My favorite story of 'getting it done' which you must do yourself. The Little Red Hen, which I call Prairie Hen is an inventor. The hen is from the prairies of Colorado where I grow up, and because I watched my grandmother's chickens and collected their eggs. As a child when driving through the plains, I saw the prairie hens with the old settler’s huts made of wood and dirt with grass roofs.
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#16 - In this an ancient Chinese tale, we have a real, true warrior, Li Chi, the Worm Killer. Li Chi saves herself from a horrid worm who demands young maidens from the village to eat. Li Chi slays the invader with the help of the field dog.
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#17 - Created by the Hindi God in India is Durga, who Saved the Gods. She is a celebrated legend. She drives the Buffalo Demon back into the underworld where he belonged. Years later, Durga is the national emblem use to free her people for British dominance. Durga comes when we ask.
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#18 - Cultural Dragons do mix and mingle, and this has gone on for egos and egos. In Thoas and the Dragon, a dragon in Greece and a shepherd boy Thoas bond with acceptance. Thoas saves the female dragon and later, the dragon saves the man Thoas.
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#19 - A farmer gives a feast for the animals of the forest to invite into his barn and use them for his services. A rooster does the bidding for the farmer, possible for territory reasons! And Raven in Farmer’s Feast does the warnings. Each animal decides to live on the farm inside a fence or be free as is Raven.
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#20 - And there is the turtle, who also lived on the prairies and slowly enjoyed her world. In The Hare and Turtle, the turtle by her consistent slow determination wins a race from the over-confident challenger Hare. Women’s steady endurance is powerful; we see this every day.
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Enjoy this collection of folktales, more strong, determined womenfolk exits in story lore as animals, hare, tortoises, snakes, spiders, dames, damsels, heroines, women, females, ladies, lassies, dolls, dames, matrons, madams, maids, and maidens, granny and crone. These folktales recognize the struggles of the damsels. I share their success to inspired and empowered individuals both males and females, we are a part of each other.

SOURCES: 
Enjoy and search these web site for stories versions, cultural pictures, ceremonies, and rituals. I found these very interesting and there are links to other sites, a good way to get stuck on the web, beware of the spiders.


@ 2020 for the series Telling Timeless Tales, AS IS Productions for BobbieTales, Damsels Overcome, enhanced, re-visioned, altered, modified and embroidered.  If you must, please, tell or write the story as your enhancement, embroidered version. Leave my version as mine.

 



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