Fearless girls, wise women, and beloved sisters Heroines in folktales from around the world

Kathleen Ragan

Book - 1998

Collects 100 tales from around the world, including Africa, Western Europe, Native American cultures, Asia, and the Middle East, that feature a heroine.

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New York : W.W. Norton c1998.
1st ed
Physical Description
xxvii, 450 p. : maps ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 435-438) and index.
Other Authors
Kathleen Ragan (-)
  • Tales from Europe. The stolen bairn and the sìdh (Scotland)
  • The three sisters and their husbands, three brothers (Ireland)
  • The corpse watchers (Ireland)
  • The crookened back (Ireland)
  • The horned women (Ireland)
  • Whuppity stoorie (Scotland)
  • Molly Whuppie (England)
  • The treasure of Downhouse (England)
  • The hand of glory (England)
  • Tamlane (England)
  • The night troll (Iceland)
  • The grateful elfwoman (Iceland)
  • "My Jon's soul" (Iceland)
  • The ghost at Fjelkinge (Sweden)
  • Little Red Cap (Germany)
  • The wood maiden (Czechoslovakia)
  • The child who was poor and good (Greece)
  • The pigeon's bride (Yugoslavia)
  • How the king chose a daughter-in-law (Romania)
  • Marichka (Gypsy)
  • Davit (Georgia)
  • Anait (Caucasus)
  • The fortune-teller (Russia)
  • The tsaritsa harpist (Russia).
  • Tales from North and South America. Native Americans. The vampire skeleton (Iroquois) ; The flying head (Iroquois) ; Where the girl saved her brother (Cheyenne) ; Chief Joseph's story of Wallowa Lake (Nez Perce) ; The origin of the potlatch (Quillayute) ; The princess and mountain dweller (people of the Northwest Coast) ; The princess and the magical hat (people of the Northwest Coast) ; The Lytton girls who were stolen by giants (Salishan people) ; The legend of the Coppermine River (Inuit) ; The huntress (Inuit) ; Story of a female shaman (Reindeer Chukchee) : The magic eagle (Timotean people, Venezuela)
  • New World newcomers. "I'm Tipingee, she's Tipingee, we're Tipingee, too'' (Haiti) ; The innkeeper's wise daughter (Jewish-American) ; Molly Cotton-Tail steals Mr. Fox's butter (African-American).
  • Tales from Asia. A rani's revenge (Orissa, India)
  • How Parvatibai outwitted the Dacoits (Maharashtra, India)
  • The close alliance : a tale of woe (Punjab, India)
  • The barber's clever wife (Punjab, India)
  • A wonderful story (India)
  • The importance of lighting (Tamil Nadu, India)
  • The child of death (Vietnam)
  • The story of Princess Amaradevi (Cambodia)
  • The tale of the Oki Islands (Japan)
  • The monkey bridegroom (Japan)
  • The mirror of Matsuyama : a story of old Japan (Japan)
  • The tiger and the coal peddler's wife (Korea)
  • The plucky maiden (Korea)
  • The phoenix and her city (Hui people China)
  • Sailimai's four precious things (Hui people, China)
  • A woman's love (Uighur people, China)
  • Maiden Liu, the songster (Yao people, China)
  • The festival of pouring water (Yunnan, China)
  • A polite idiosyncrasy (Kwangtung, China)
  • The young head of the family (Kwangtung, China)
  • Altyn-Aryg (Altaian people, Siberia)
  • The wife who stole a heart (Kalmuck people, Siberia).
  • Tales from the Pacific. Hiiaka catching a ghost (Hawaii)
  • Hiiaka and the seacoast kupuas (Hawaii)
  • A calabash of poi (Hawaii)
  • Rau-whato (Maori people, New Zealand)
  • How Pulap acquired the art of navigation (Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia)
  • Rola and the two sisters (Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia)
  • The old woman and the giant (Philippines)
  • The magic coin (Philippines)
  • The creation of Lake Asbold (Asmat people, Irian Jaya, Indonesia)
  • Senan and Aping (Kenyah people, Sarawak, Malaysia)
  • Ubong and the head-hunters (Kenyah people, Sarawak, Malaysia)
  • Kumaku and the giant (Fiji)
  • Revival and revenge (Kewa people, Papua, New Guinea)
  • Uzu, the white dogai (Torres Straits, Australia)
  • The black snake man and his wife, the dove (Munkan people, Australia)
  • The mogwoi's baby (Arnhem Land, Australia)
  • Biriwilg (told by women) (Arnhem Land, Australia).
  • Tales from Sub-Saharan Africa. The woman, her husband, their children and the dodo (Hausa people, Nigeria)
  • Ku-Chin-Da-Gayya and her elder sister and the dodos (Hausa people, Nigeria)
  • Moremi and the Egunguns (Yoruba people, Nigeria)
  • The spider, Kayi, and the bush fowl (Limba people, Sierra Leone)
  • The story of two women (Limba people, Sierra Leone)
  • The man killed for a spinach leaf (Limba people, Sierra Leone)
  • The leopard woman (Liberia)
  • The midwife of Dakar (Senegal)
  • A woman for a hundred cattle (Swahili)
  • Wacu and the eagle (Agikuyu people, Kenya)
  • Elephant and Hare (Maasai people, Kenya)
  • Nonikwe and the great one, Marimba (Zulu)
  • How the Milky Way came to be (South Africa)
  • Nanabolele, who shines in the night (Basotho people, Lesotho)
  • Jackal and Hen (Basotho people, Lesotho).
  • Tales from North Africa and the Middle East. Women's wiles (Syria)
  • The Feslihanci girl (Turkey)
  • The story of the city of nothing-in-the-world (Persia)
  • The "pink pearl'' prince (Iran)
  • Who is blessed with the realm, riches, and honor? (Israel)
  • The story of the king, Hamed bin Bathara, and of the fearless girl (Arab)
  • The sultan's daughter (Sudan)
  • Yousif al-Saffani (Sudan)
  • The miser who married (Iraq)
  • The sign of the tassel (Iraq).
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Retells more than a hundred folktales form Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East that feature active heroines of all types.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The first anthology of its kind to feature a variety of multicultural heroines, this definitive sourcebook of folktales and fairytales chronicles the stories of courageous mothers, clever young girls, warrior women, and wise women who ruled their kingdoms. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A definitive sourcebook of folktales and fairytales and the first of its kind to feature a variety of multicultural heroines. Dismayed by the predominance of male protagonists in her daughters' books, Kathleen Ragan set out to collect the stories of our forgotten heroines. Gathered from around the world, from regions as diverse as sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe, from North and South American Indian cultures and New World settlers, from Asia and the Middle East, these 100 folktales celebrate strong female heroines. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters is for all women who are searching to define who they are, to redefine the world and shape their collective sensibility. It is for men who want to know more about what it means to be a woman. It is for our daughters and our sons, so that they can learn to value all kinds of courage, courage in battle and the courage of love. It is for all of us to help build a more just vision of woman. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters breaks new ground by reexamining our notions about heroism. This book will appeal to parents who want to foster positive role models for their children. An invaluable resource of multicultural heroines for any school library.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

One hundred great folk tales and fairy tales from all over the world about strong, smart, brave heroines.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

One hundred great folk tales and fairy tales from all over the world about strong, smart, brave heroines.