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Latin American Folktales

Latin American Folktales by John Bierhorst

A large variety. On top of tales, also riddles and prayers, and the tales come in all sorts of forms. Legends right after the conquest. Anecdotes. Christian legends with varying degrees of Christianity to them. Tales of fools and clever tricksters. A woman who climbs her daughter's hair from Purgatory to Heaven. Many fairy tales in distinctive variants, with the Parrot Prince who is injured by the heroine's stepsister; a boy whose godfather was the Devil but whose guardian angel intervened; the tale of rescuing three princesses from the underworld, only it's not three men, but two men and a widow -- she has the youngest princess marry her son, instead; a kind and unkind girl tale; and more.
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