Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

N26. When wheat grew on ice .29.30.32.

It is

said that the action took place when cultivated plants (wheat, cotton) grew on ice or salt.

Romanian Tatars, Nogais, Uzbeks, Kazan Tatars.

Caucasus - Asia Minor. Romanian Tatars (speakers of the steppe dialect of the Crimean Tatar language, Dobruja) [beginning: "In ancient times, when the sieve was straw, when the swallow was a judge, when the lark was an old man when millet grew on the mountains and mowed with lightning; when wheat grew on ice and mowed with thunder. It was - it wasn't..."]: Roshiyan 1974:48; Nogai: Nogai 1979, No. 35 (no place of recording) [beginning: "In ancient times, when wheat grew on ice and millet on stone, when Khan's daughter grew was a kadium, and a starling was a sorcerer, on the side where the sun rises, lived a rich khan" (see summary in the M114b data "Come neither naked nor dressed")]: 153; Ganiyeva 2011a, No. 71 (p. Novo-Dmitriyevka, Tarumovsky District, 1971) [beginning: "A long time ago, when the goat was swelling, when wheat was growing on ice, when millet was growing on the mountain [rocky soil], when millet was squeezed with a noise [rustle], at a time when water boiled and became sour cream, while ants, becoming sheep, scattered across the steppe, Khan Poultry lived"]: 192; Aliyeva 2013, No. 107 (the place of recording is not specified) [beginning: "A long time ago when the khan's daughter was still a judge, when the starling was a sorcerer, when wheat grew on the ice, when millet grew in the mountains, when it was mowed, when the bags were made of felt, when the crow's beak was horny , an old man and an old woman lived"]: 467.

Iran - Central Asia. Uzbeks (Sarts) [beginning: "There lived rich, lived poor, lived hungry, lived well-fed; the wolf was the cook, the fox was the manager of the feast; the raven was the sorceress, the sparrow was a gossip, and the ant was funny a storyteller; a goose was a trumpeter, a duck was a bugler, a turtle was a weigher, and a frog placed weights... cotton grew out of salt, and children were born from maidens..."]: Ostroumov 1906b: 11.

Volga - Perm. Kazan Tatars (recorded by I. Kunosh from Tatar prisoners of war in 1915 in Hungary) [episode: "My son took a hundred soldiers, took money and supplies for a year, and went in search. We drove for a month, drove for a year, and when a top grew on the turntable ground, and a beautiful meadowsweet grew on idle land, and millet on the stone, wheat on the ice, and all this was squeezed miserably with a sickle, then the travelers drove in into the dense forest. We drove up to the spring, to the clearing"]: Zamaletdinov 1992:124.