Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

L39B. Pie tree. 21.23.

A tree grows from a cake (pie, etc.) and usually bears cakes instead of fruit.

Kirati, Rajastanis, Ho, Oriya, Sinhalese, Maldives

Tibet is the Northeast of India. Kirati (? eastern Nepal) [brother asks sister to give him bread; sister: now, wheat must be sown first; etc., all operations; when the bread is ready, the cake rolls and turns into a banyan tree; the boy is on him climbs in; Rakshasi comes, threatens to cut down a banyan, the boy falls into her bag; on the way she leaves out of need, the boy runs away; at home, Rakshasi finds only sand laid by the boy in her bag; she returns to the banyan, everything repeats itself, a wasp nest instead of sand; the third time Rakshasi goes straight to the house, goes to call his aunt, tells her daughter to cook the prey; she likes the boy's black hair, he promises to make her hair just as beautiful, cuts off her head, puts on her dress, cooks meat; tells Rakshasi who has returned that he does not want to eat, will go to bed upstairs; takes flails and millstones with him; screams Rakshasi that she ate her daughter; Rakshasi runs out, killed with an abandoned flail; aunt killed by a millstone; all is well]: Heunemann 1980, No. 16:129-133.

South Asia. Rajastans [the widow is fasting to improve karma; her son wants to fast with her; she persuades him not to do so, and he agrees only after she has baked his favorite for him the delicacy is gulguls (sweet pies); he ate 6 gulgul, and buried the seventh, watered it, ordered him to grow into a tree on which gulguls grow; he climbed it, began to eat, and two grow in place of each plucked one; a witch and her daughter come up; the witch also asks for a gulgul; does not tell her to throw it off, asks to put it in a turban and lower it; pulls the turban, the boy falls, the witch puts it in a bag of thorns and carries it to eat; on the way he asks once to let him drink in the lake, dives, swims away; climbed back on the gulgulu; the witch comes again, changing her face; the same (she takes him away in a water keg); at home, the witch tells daughter stretch the pestle caught, cook it, and she went for wine; the boy shows the witch's daughter teeth; she wants her teeth just as beautiful; he says that his mother kneads him every day with a pestle, but before that, you have to change clothes; the boy broke the witch's daughter's head, cooked the meat; the witch eats it; the cat asks for it, since the mother eats her daughter, but the witch is drunk and does not listen; finds her daughter's finger, but not wants to believe; the groom came the next morning to pick up her daughter; on the way, the imaginary bride gave a sign to stop to relieve herself, ran away; the witch came to the gulgul tree again; this time the boy did not fall, but threw it off a stone made for a witch, killing her; since then, mother and son have always eaten gulguls and distributed them to neighbors]: Dinesh 1979:99-114; ho [the boy grazes cattle, the mother gives him bread every day; one day he left a half-eaten piece, and a tree grew out of it, bringing bread instead of fruit; one day he climbed a tree to buy bread; Rakshasi came, asked for bread, told him not to throw it away â€" it would get dirty, it was old, to catch; the boy went down, she put him in a bag, took him away; while she was going down to the water for a drink, the travelers heard the boy screams, released him, he put stones in the bag; and Rakshasi's daughter found them at home; the next day, Rakshasi lured the boy in the same way, brought her daughter, went to buy firewood; the daughter replied to the boy that she would crush his head; he asked to show how he had bored her head and put it on clothes, cooked meat; Rakshasi ate her daughter and fell asleep; the boy killed her with a stone, returned home]: Bompas 1909:464-465; oriya: Kudinova, Kudinov 1995 [the shepherdess planted a rice cake, a tree grew, whose fruit was tortillas; the cannibal took the form of an old woman, asked for cakes; the boy asked her to collect the ones that had fallen, but she needed fresh ones; he went down, she pulled it off the tree, put it in a bag, took it away; went to drink water; at this time the plowmen released the boy, put stones in the bag; they were found there by the witch's daughter; the next time the witch carried the boy home; he persuaded her daughter to have him release, promising to teach her how to grow beautiful hair (rub goat's milk into her head); the witch went after the boy again; he asked her to open her mouth, threw a crowbar at him, killing the witch]: 280-284; Mohanti 1975 [the boy planted a cake, a tree grew on which cakes were like fruit; the cannibal took the image of an old woman, asked for cakes; the boy invited her to collect the ones that fell, but she needed fresh ones; he went down, she put it in a bag, took it away; on the way she went to relieve herself; the boy ran away with thorns and stones in the bag; at home, the cannibal saw that the prey was gone; the same the next day, but the cannibal she did not stop, brought her daughter's bag, told her to cook, and went to the blacksmith to sharpen her teeth; the daughter was adopted, kidnapped; she hid the boy, cooked the birds; this is how they live for some time; the girl pretends to be afraid to be alone; the cannibal says that gold is under the floor, and you can only kill her by pulling out one of the hairs on her head; the girl began to comb her hair, pulled out her hair; she and the boy took the gold, got married]: 103-105; Sinhalese [Yakshini has a son and daughter, the son brought flour under his fingernail, the pot filled to the brim, the mother cooked pies (kevums), ate everything with her daughter, son I got only one, who fell into the ash (the mother said that the owners of the flour took everything); the son planted a pie, a tree grew, the kewums were ripe on it; the yakshini asks to throw her kevum; says that he fell on a spit into the mud, into the manure; asks to take the kevum in his mouth and jump into the bag; takes the boy, leaves the bag for a while, people untie it, the boy puts clods of mud instead of him, returns to the tree; yakshini tells slaughter the boy's daughter, put a cup of blood under the stairs, let the meat be fried; the girl found only clods of earth in the bag; the yakshini goes back to the tree (the same, the boy puts rat catchers instead); for the third time, the yakshini brings a boy; he invites Yakshini's daughter to comb her hair, stabbed her, left the meat to roast, put a cup of blood, took a pestle, a pestle and a mortar, and climbed a tree; yakshini began to eat her daughter's meat, the boy began to sing about it; she climbed a tree, he threw a pestle, a mortar, a pestle at her, killing Yakshini]: Volkhonsky, Solntseva 1985, No. 162:368-371; Maldives [poor old woman found a coin and let her daughter Koe' buy a pie; on the way home, K. ate half a pie, and then, hiding the pie under a leaf, went to relieve herself; the crab dragged it into her hole; this is where she grew up a tree with pies instead of fruit; and no matter how many K. ate them, their number did not decrease; one day a cannibal came up and asked to drop the pie; said that it fell into the sea; etc.; asked not throw it, hold it between her toes and give it to her; the cannibal pulled K. by the leg, put it in a bag, brought it to her daughter and told her to cook while she was washing herself; the daughter untied the bag out of curiosity; K. suggested first change clothes and jewelry, and then see who sleeps better; when the cannibal's daughter closed her eyes, K. cut off her head, chopped her body into pieces, cooked it; climbed a tree; cannibal her daughter ate; K. began to sing about it, saying that she was talking to a crow, a bat (and then to others), but then told me how it happened; the cannibal tried to knock down the tree; K. jumped down ran; the cannibal followed, but fell into a lime pit, caught fire, burned down]: Romero-Frias 2012, No. 18:65-71.