Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Worldly Wednesday: Animal Characters from Different Countries

In English folklore, there are many well-known animal characters–the tortoise, hare or rabbit, fox, and wolf.  But what about other places in the world?

Travel with me on an animal adventure around the world–and please add to my cast of characters!  IF you know of an animal character used commonly in a particular country or culture's folklore, list it in the comments section below.

Then, if you rewrite a worldly folk tale or legend, or adaptation of a fable, send a note and tell me about it, I'd love to feature it here.

GHANA, LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE (also part of CARIBBEAN folklore)
Anansi - a tricky spider

GAMBIA and SENEGAL
Charley - 100+ year old Crocodile (good luck)
Bouki - Hyena

CHINA
Zhu Badjie (a.k.a. "Pigsy") - half human, half pig

BRAZIL
Mapinguari - a Yeti/sloth-like furry animal (now extinct()
Boi Bumba - an ox

IRELAND / SCOTLAND
Silche/Silkie - a seal-like animal with the ability to transform itself into a human

JAPAN
Kitsune - fox-like spirits that turn into witches

Now - share your favorite animal characters from around the world!





5 comments:

Allyn Stotz said...

Pangolin - Scaly anteater in tropical regions of Africa and Asia

Miranda "Sibo" Paul said...

Oooh yes, Allyn! Thanks - I do so love Pangolins of Kenya, etc. I once wrote a story about one named Pango (and his sister was named Lin). Thanks for the reminder!

Claudine Gueh said...

In Asian folklore and in the Taoist religion, there is the Great Sage Monkey King. (He was the senior disciple of Tripitaka, Zhu BaJie's mentor. So the Monkey King and the half-pig, half-human were under the same master.)

Cat said...

I was going to say the Monkey King too. But Claudine beat me to it!

Very intriguing post, Miranda.

Miranda "Sibo" Paul said...

Yes! Awesome addition Cat and Claudine. Keep 'em coming!

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