Bluebeard (Continued)

by Terri Windling Illustration by Herbert Cole "The Robber Bridegroom" is another classic fairy tale about a murderous stranger. It too can be found in Germany and Italy, and in variants around the world. One of the most evocative of these variants is the English version of the story, in which the Bluebeard figure is …

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The Monkey Girl

by Midori Snyder Illustration by Edmund Dulac When I was a girl reading fairy tales, I appreciated those courageous maidens tromping off in iron shoes or flying on the back of the west wind to find their future husbands where they, imprisoned by trolls or cannibal mothers, waited to be rescued. I admired those young …

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From the Editor’s Desk 9

From the Editor’s Desk “Stories are medicine. I have been taken with stories sinceI heard my first. They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act, anything — we need only listen.” —Clarissa Pinkola Estes Winter 2006 Dear Reader, Welcome to the Winter 2006 edition of the Journal of Mythic Arts, …

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Old Wives Tales: an exhibition of women’s fairy tale art, old and new

Many scholars over the last century have attempted to define why fairy tales and magical stories can be found in virtually every culture around the globe. Some scholars view magical tales as pre–scientific attempts to explain the workings of the universe; others see in them remnants of pagan religionsor tribal initiation rites; still others dissect …

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Jack Straw (Continued)

by Midori Snyder I stayed in bed another five days and then went back to school. I had five days of lying in my bed to think over whathad happened. Oh, I was happy to be alive, to be waking up each day and watching the sun shine through my windows, lighting up the whitedaisies …

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Godfather Death (Continued)

by Terri Windling Midori Snyder is a writer who has worked with the folklore of death in a variety of ways, particularly in her elegiac novel Hannah’s Garden and her children’s story "Jack Straw." Currently at work on a fairy tale novel in which Death is a major protagonist, she’s been contemplating death figures, and …

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