Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

I82E. The star who sold her mother..17.29.

It is

said about Venus or another star that she sold her mother or father to dress up luxuriously.


Bedouins of Syria, the Adygs, the Kabardian people, the Karachays, the Balkarians.

Western Asia. Syria's Bedouins [Chala (Venus) sold mother and father to cover themselves with diamonds]: Vernier 1928:200 in Henninger 1954:92.

Caucasus - Asia Minor. Adygi: Kokov 1980a [The Evening Star is "a girl who exchanged her father for a golden coat"]: 265; Shortanov 1982 [Arcturus is the star who sold her mother for a golden egg]: 38; Kabardian people [some bright star is said to be "sold for a fur coat"; it is believed that one son sold his mother for a fur coat or for bright robes; in memory of such a crime, God placed a fur coat in the sky (report. Kabardian Khotanov)]: Potanin 1883:735; Karachays: Jurtubayev 1991 [the girl sold her mother for a golden coat, was turned into a star as punishment]: 135; 2007 [lonely bright star Saryton (" Yellow fur coat") is visible in the south in November-December; Mother Sun passed her off as Cholpan; S. bowed to the Sun, asked for a gold coat, so it became yellow] 362; Urusbiyeva 1979 [The morning star sold her mother for a golden coat; The Evening Star was a mother waiting for a hunter son]: 17; Balkarians (western 1974, man born in 1897; p. I thought where Digorans used to live) [the cheerful and intelligent woman grew old; then her daughter stole and sold her mother's beautiful fur coat to Georgian merchants; the woman asked to know who the thief was; when people gathered, her daughter flew to heaven; Lord of the Earth Daule: it was your request that reached Teiri; he lowered the chain and picked up the daughter who stole her fur coat; that's why the star Cholpan is called "The Star Who Sold Her Mother for a Golden Fur Coat"]: Malkonduev 2017:131-132.