Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

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M81F. A blind liar is robbed, ATU 1577. .


blind beggar robs an honest man. He watches him and, when he enters the house, takes everything the blind man has accumulated. He often takes money accumulated by other blind people as well.

Arabs of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Algerian Berbers, Italians (Lazio), Qatar, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen, Punjabi, Slovenes, Bulgarians, Greeks, Poles, Slovaks, (Russians), Ukrainians , Georgians (17th century), Turks, Persians, Latvians, Estonians.

North Africa. Arabs of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Algerian Berbers: El-Shamy 2004, No. 1577*: 867.

Southern Europe. Italians (): Cirese, Serafini 1975, No. 1577*: 346.

Western Asia. Qatar, Iraq, Palestinians, Yemen: El-Shamy 2004, No. 1577*: 867.

South Asia. Punjabi [blind fakir: Who is Allah's lover who will let me touch 100 gold coins? the soldier heard and immediately found a purse with a hundred gold; let him touch the fakir, but he did not give it back, shouted that his money was being taken away; the soldier followed him unnoticed; when he entered his house, the fakir picked him up a stove in the floor and added a hundred to the four hundred that were already there; the soldier went to get the money, but hit the shelf; the fakir yelled and waved his stick, and another blind man ran in; the fakir thought it was him wants to rob him; the blind are left to fight, and the soldier fled with the money]: Swynneton 1908, No. 4:39-41.

The Balkans. Bulgarians [a blind beggar embezzled money that a person received for selling a horse; after following a blind man, a person takes all the money he has saved from his house; overhears how the victim is injured complains about the disappearance of another blind man, and he replies that he hides the money in his hat (in a stick) and also takes the money of another blind man; the deceived man laments that he was too greedy]: Daskalova-Perkovska and others 1994, No. 1577*: 519; Slovenes, Greeks: Uther 2004 (2), No. 1577*: 316-317.

Central Europe. Poles [the farmer found the money, shared it with the blind man; he deceived him and took everything; the farmer follows him home, sees where he hides the money, takes it and runs away]: Krzyżanowski 1963, No. 1577*: 94; Slovaks: Uther 2004 (2), No. 1577*: 316-317; (cf. Russians (Moscow, the only Russian option; it's better not to take into account that any origin can be) [the man gives the blind man fifty dollars and asks for 48 kopecks for change; he starts shouting that he is being robbed; the man quietly takes the crutch from the blind man, but he gets home and in one; the man follows; the blind man takes out the barrel, pours money into it: he forcibly equalized 500; the man quietly took the barrel; the blind calls another: I rolled a barrel, and he went somewhere; the second is blind: for a thief and flour; I changed mine for bank notes, and sewed it into a hat; the man also took his hat, disappeared; the second decided that the hat was from his The first blind man tore off his heads, began to fight]: Afanasiev 1958 (3), No. 382:161-162); Ukrainians (Volyn) [Blind beggar: lures money from a man and does not give it away; he takes everything he has accumulated from the beggar money; the beggar complains to the second blind man; the man also takes money from him]: SUS 1979, No. 1577*: 332.

Caucasus — Asia Minor. Turks [a blind man took money from a man; he followed his house, saw a blind man take out the pot in which he keeps his money, takes it away; a blind man talks about the misfortune to his two to the same blind acquaintances; one teaches that money should be kept in a crutch; the first makes a copy of the crutch and replaces the crutch with money; the third blind person teaches the second that money should be kept in a fur coat; the second does a copy of the fur coat, fills the box with bees instead of money; the third blind man is bitten; or all blind people are deceived by the person who was first robbed by the blind]: Eberhard, Boratav 1953, No. 345:376; Georgians ( Orbeliani. Die Weisheir der Lüge, A Tale of the Human Mind, 17th century): Uther 2004 (2), No. 1577*: 316-317.

Iran — Central Asia. Persians (Isfahan, Khorasan, Azerbaijan) [after selling garbage (Abfall), the poor man received a lot of money; gave alms to a blind beggar who took all the money for himself; the man follows the poor with whom 6 other similar deceivers live; takes all their money (the purse is enough when they throw it into the air; replaces the crutch in which the money is kept; takes away the caftan in which the money is protected and which a blind person drops when he is attacked by bees); a man kills beggars]: Marzolph 1984, no. 1577*: 228-229.

Baltoscandia. Latvians [A blind beggar steals 100 marks from a man, a man finds 1000 marks hidden in a beggar's house and steals them]: Aris, Medne 1977, No. 1577*: 361; Estonians: Uther 2004 (2), No. 1577*: 316 -317.