Beltane Brightness to you!

May 1st falls midway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, it’s a quarter day in the Celtic calendar and is celebrated with the festival of Beltane, however it has other names in different parts of Europe (for example Walpurgis nacht in Germany) and is celebrated in much the same way. It’s seen as a gateway,…

Biancabella and the Snake

Biancabella and the Snake (An Italian Tale)   Once upon a time, now many years ago there reigned in Monferrato a marquis called Lamberico, very puissant, both on account of his lordships and his great wealth, but wanting in children to carry on his name. He was, forsooth, mighty anxious for progeny, but this bounty…

The Armless Maiden, Russian

In a certain kingdom, not in our land, there lived a wealthy merchant; he had two children, a son and a daughter. The father and mother died. The brother said to the sister, “Let us leave this town, little sister; I will rent a shop and trade, and find lodgings for you; we will live…

The Armless Girl

A widowed father chooses not to remarry and relies on his young daughter to perform his wife’s household duties of cooking and cleaning. When the girl reaches puberty, he attempts to coerce his daughter into filling the sexual role of his deceased wife as well. The girl steadfastly refuses his advances, bursting into noisy weeping…

The Girl With One Hand

AN old couple once lived in a hut under a grove of palm trees, and they had one son and one daughter. They were all very happy together for many years, and then the father became very ill, and felt he was going to die. He called his children to the place where he lay…