Fairy-Tale: Father Frost

Esteemed Readers, here is another wild short fairy-tale dedicated to wicked relationship in the family. No matter its size, it contains several plots: a traditional conflict between a step-mother & step-children; daily problems of a henpecked husband; award for patience & an ability to pass quests of life.

Father Frost is an allegory of Saturn, of course, reflected here in his most severe way: he is about to take the life of a young unhappy maiden to test her moral & physical strength. This is another proof of duality of our mythology, of a complex attitude between the nature, spirits & men. The nature & spirits are always winners, they rule the human destiny, while all what men can do is to adapt to circumstances without complaining. And they should never be envy or desire to obtain something they didn’t deserve for the prize might be their own life.

Regarding wicked parents as well as any sort of what we call “toxic” relationship we could add only one thing: “he that mischief hatches, mischief catches.”

Enjoy reading!

Here is the full text: Russian Folk Tale 11

Maria KethuProfumo

Source: Folk Tales From the Russian, by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal (1903)

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The Role of The Russian Spirit In Folklore

Esteemed Readers, finally we have come to a very important point that should be mentioned in the context of the Russian folklore. I mean so called “Russkij Duh” or the  Russian Spirit.  This is a mysterious essence, condition, whatever which fills the content of all our folklore. The Russian Spirit is far more than a world outlook, far more than a way of life, it is a sort of genetic & spiritual memory that is believed to have been kept in the Russian nation.

The Orthodox mentality perceived the life as a path of suffering & sacrifice was imprinted on our folklore. It is very likely that its impact made our tales so wild & dark. If we might regard fairy-tales as a mirror of the national self-identity, we should accept the absence of true joy & excessive romantism in the Russian tales. It might be linked with great moral restrictions the nation was undergone for many centuries. I believe that there are yet positive bright fairy-tales somewhere hidden or yet not discovered, so remained unknown; while those I have already presented you mostly make a rather depressive impression.

If we ponder upon the idea of severeness the Russian Spirit was formed in,perhaps we would comprehend better why B’aba Ya’ga & other characters depicted as “negative ones” are opponents of this phenomenon. They are symbols of bright real Slavic history lost in centuries. They belong to the authentic tradition no matter that human minds turned them into disgusting & dangerous criminals & they mostly never lose their dignity. B’aba Ya’ga always helps the hero, supplies him with weapons etc. She proves that the dualism of darkness & light exists. Another point is where should we search the light in the Russian mythology?

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Chant Militaire Monsieur de Turenne

Esteemed Readers, the music plagiarism existed long before the 20th century & our pop-culture. I present you an old French military song composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully for Messire de Turenne’s regiment. I’m certain you have heard it in Georges Bizet’s interpretation in his opera “L’Arlésienne”.

Why has he done this? That’s a rhetorical question which casts a shadow on his music “genius”.

Vive le Roy & the Truth of History! 🙂 🙂 😉

Maria KethuProfumo

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Mercure Galant: Consecration of Messire Delfino

Esteemed Readers, I have discovered another interesting note in the Mercure Galant proving the strong interconnection between France & Italy. This time it tells about an important Catholic event: a Venetian nobleman becomes the Archbishop right in France.

“On Sunday 29 of the month of January (1696) Messire Marc-Daniel Delfino, a Nobleman from Venice, Vicelegat of Avignon appointed by the Nunciature of France, was consecrated as the Archbishop de Damas in Partibus Infidelium (in foreign lands) in the Jesuit Church of Avignon by Messire Louis-Aube de Roque-Martine, the Bishop & Count de Saint Paul-Trois-Chasteaux with assistance of Mrs Archbishops d’Orange & de Carpents. 

The ceremony was extremely solemn on one hand due to the presence of plenty of the noblest persons of the Province, on the other due to an excellent Music & Symphonie performed with numerous Instruments. Then the new Nuncio treated Bishops, Consuls, Legal Officers & the most distinguished people of the City to dinner.”

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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La Gazette: Historical News Today – 1631

Esteemed Readers, we continue our fascinating dive into the environment of the Thirty Years’ War. Here are new tidings from the battle fields:

Aleppo, Syria, April 28, 1631: “Alike the last winter that has been the most severe since the time immemorial, the coming summer is preparing new sufferings for us due to its excessive heat. Especially it will be tough for our pilgrimages around all the Mosques that we are going to make during these three months to a great relief of Pacha Vizir Hassan, heading to siege Bagdad in Chaldea with one hundred sixty thousand people.

He will pass & return safely through these terrible mountains of Sagdaus, having on the other side the King of Persia but the last one will pass by this place in the best season to celebrate with his subjects November 22, a memory day of the siege of the Capital city. It was successful, however, it didn’t stop the King from slaying the General of his army because he allowed Vizir to have fled into the mountains without fighting.

The siege of Dille can’t yet boast of having anything remarkable except the defeat of thousand people or a victorious sortie made by the army cavalry.”

Paris, July 1631: “Printing of the Great Bible in nine volumes & translated into eight languages is keeping up. It will be ready in a year. We invite all the Nations to take an active part into it…”

Prague, May 1631: “Count Balthazar Marradas raised here his cavalry together with Terizky’s & a regiment of the Cardinal Infant. Silesians of both religions jointed their common defence against those who entered their country armed. So they made Emperor’s troops retreat to the town Glogou that provides them with ammunition bread until now…”

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Louis XIV Asks Riddles VIII


Esteemed Readers, it’s time for a new riddle. It’s a short & needs some pondering. My hint: it is linked with publishing. Good luck!

“I’m referred to learn seasons & when the Sun enters each of his twelve houses. I limit destinies of the Earth & the Heaven & more I’m renewed, more years I count.”

REPLY to the Riddle posted on July 26, 2019: DOORS

Dear Luisa, my congratulations! Your idea was very close!

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Magical weapon in the Russian Fairy-Tales

Esteemed Readers,

I suppose that it will be logical to go on a bit further about the magic background in the Russian folklore. Besides all of us are fond of magic in this or that way. So, today I invite you to study the point of the magical weapon. In fact the last one is an essential part of many other cultures.

Taken into account the tales I have already presented you & some others I cannot conclude that our national folklore is so fond of magical attributes. Ivan Tasarevich’s stupidity is the main one we often find in tales. Nevertheless there are a few objects that might be comprehended as weapons: water of life & death, a magical sword, a magical ball-an ancestor of the GPS, a magical apple & a magical saucer & a magician-wife. As we have already discussed the topic of the female destiny & role in the tales, let’s move to the objects.

Water of life & death: Due to cruelty & an extreme violence in our tales, this sort of thing is always in need. No matter it is used with corpses of already dead heros, the result is marvellous. Nobody informs how much they lived afterwards, but one thing is certain: this weapon is not an elixir of immortality.

A magical sword: This is a traditional artifact that unites us with the whole world. The Russian magical sword is called “Kaladen’ets”. Its origin is uncertain. Too often it is kept by B’aba Yag’a. In some tales the hero gets it in in the beginning, in most in the end to fight the evil.

A magical ball: I guess that it is also common for other cultures. What a pleasure to think that a ball might lead you the right way! Studying the tales I have noticed that it is not so frequent in books, while in our movies it is a very popular magical weapon. Anyway, you will never be lost if you find a magical ball somewhere in the forest.

A magical apple & a magical saucer: U-hu-hu! Here is an ancestor of the Internet. An apple was put on the saucer, then it began going round showing all the events happening in this or that land. Traditionally it is kept & used by B’aba Yag’a. 

If Asterix & Obelix have read this post, they might have been very dissapointing when they have learned that the Russian folklore have used no magic potion. Oh, well! The Russian Heroes are practical, besides no one can fully rely on Ivan Tsarevich to be certain that he would have used magic sticks & potions properly.

Maria KethuProfumo

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