Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Introduction
Bibliography
Ethnicities and habitats

J29. Father's shadow .45.50.53.55.61.62.66.

The murdered parents themselves inform their children about the circumstances of their death.

(Wed. Baltoscandia. Scandinavians [Father's shadow tells Prince Hamlet that his mother's current husband killed him; Shakespeare has this episode, but not Saxon Grammar; cf. Saxon Grammar 2017 (1), 3.6.5:108).

Northeast. Seneca [the old man lives in the same house as his nephew, tries to destroy him; the nephew finds the skull of his other uncle; the skull reports that the old man killed all relatives; helps with advice; nephew and uncle offer each other challenges; uncle freezes to death; nephew revives another uncle from the skull; frees a sister enclosed by an old man in a box]: Curtin, Hewitt 1918, No. 118:586- 607.

The Great Southwest. Western Ceres (Laguna) [Coyoticha goes with Antelope to collect cactus fruits; takes out her lice, kills her; gives her meat to her two children; meat tells them to strangle the Coyotich children with smoke in the house, go after her mother in Venimac (the lake where the Katsina live, where the dead go); Coyoticha descends to W. ze Antelope's children; many antelopes below take her on their horns and throw her back]: Parsons 1931 : 137; papago [father and uncle spirits]: Densmore 1929:70; yuma [boys A'xtakwa'some' and Pu'kuhan are children of the yellow-breasted witsawits (tcowits) bird; they went to make flutes; one said: girls will love me when I play the flute; father's spirit; both brothers took two wives; the youngest died; on the way east one of his wives gave birth; wife's father: if a boy is born, I will cook and eat him , and if it's a girl, I'll grow up to be a maid; the baby's mother also had strength and made his crying seem like a girl's crying; Coyote gave the boy a name he didn't like, he started calling Po'kohan himself; came to the place where his parents lived; tried on clothes, but took only amulets that allowed him to do without water and food and not suffer from the sun, as well as a handbag; made a fire, poured it into the hot ash of water, rubbed, caused the father's spirit; he said that his bones were made of sticks, and his killer made him breathe dust before it was completely dry; P.: I could revive you, but I won't do it; if if he did, the dead could be revived; he called his father again, hugged him, and he told him where he hid his supply of dried meat; but P. said he had his own strength, sent his father away forever into the ground; came to Colorado, had a hard time crossing, came to a place called Mouth Earth; met A'xtakwa'some', who wore bamboo clothes; P. wanders, gives names to animals, birds and insects]: Densmore 1932a: 49-66.

Honduras vs Panama. Bribri [mother's skull]: Bozzoli, Cubero Venegas 1989, No. 12 [mother's jaw]: 19; Bozzoli, Cubero Venegas, Constela Umaña 1983:18-19; Bozzoli, Murillo Chaverri 1984, No. 33 [cannibal Itz & #243; went with her mother S yorkë to sow corn; she had a baby at home; I. cooked it, let her mother eat it, ate it too, hid her head under the roof; five brothers-S. play, the mother's skull reproaches them, tells them what happened; the youngest, the strongest, S. has a rod in his hands; S. is the eastern hurricane winds, their mouths have flames (lightning?) ; they destroy those who hurt people]: 33; cabecar [mother's jaw]: Stone 1962:60.

The Northern Andes. Cimila [two sons went to hunt tapir; their mother sends their old father to work on the site, who dies of heat and fatigue; sons come to the cleared area, see their father, he has good clothes and jewelry, he is beautifully painted; he appears and disappears with a gust of wind; tells them to kill their mother, gives her club for this purpose; they kill his mother with a club]: Reichel-Dolmatoff 1945, No. 12 : 11-12.

Western Amazon. Mayhuna [the Sky Jaguar sister asked her husband to kill white birds on the fruit tree and made the Sky Jaguars eat him; her son Maineno asks how he was born; she replies that found it under tree bark; sends birds to shoot on the same tree; on the way te (father's spirit in the form of a bird?) sits on his shoulders, tells him how it happened; M. waits under a tree where jaguars descend from the sky; his father tells him to shoot until the one who ate him comes down; he descends, M. tears it apart, they fall, crushing the Toad; now it is flat; M. tells her to smear her back with poison and be a toad; the mother fills the fire with urine, leaves; Father M. says the Lizard has fire, but that swallowed the fire, cut her throat; M. takes the fire drill from the Otter]: Bellier 1991b, No. 3:173-179.

NW Amazon. Whitoto [father's skull]: Preuss 1921, No. 7:289.

175; yagua [father spirit]: Powlison 1972a: 75.

Bolivia — Guaporé. Guarayu [body (spirit?) father from under meat in the basket]: Riester 1977, No. 3:227.