19th Century Macedonian Folktales by Marko Cepenkov

 

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Table of contents

Stories

1 The Wolf … 17

2 The Fox with One Hundred Ideas and the Badger with Two Ideas … 23

3 The Tom Cat Who Became a Saintly Monk … 27

4 The Mouse and the Frog … 31

5 The Fever and the Debt … 33

6 It’s Blocked … 37

7 Silyan the Stork … 41

8 The Poor Man and the Lark That Ate His Millet … 63

9 The King’s Horn … 69

10 If You Help a Wicked Man You Help the Devil … 71

11 The Three Fates … 79

12 The Poor Labourer Who Wanted to Live Like a King … 87

13 Truth and Falsehood … 91

14 The Filthy Loaf of Bread … 93

15 The Lord and the 12 Apostles … 97

16 The Man Who Invited the Archangel Gabriel to Be His Child’s Godfather … 101

17 St Peter and the Poor Man … 105

18 The Simple Man and St Nikola … 111

19 The Holy Hermit and the Widow … 115

20 The Devil and the Old Granny … 119

21 The Devil and Spase the Shepherd … 123

22 The Devil Who Changed Himself into the Archbishop’s Mule … 125

23 The Devil Who Arranged for 40 Monks to Get Married … 129

24 A Faithful Dog Killed in Error … 137

25 The Rich Man Who Bought a Liver for a Poor Man … 139

26 The Traveller Who Lent His Friend a Rug … 143

27 The Aga and his Hired Hand with die Cow … 145

28 The King Who Wanted to Introduce Prohibition … 147

29 The King Who Wanted a Cure for Death … 149

30 The Old Folks Were Taken up onto the Mountain to Die … 153

31 The Philosopher and the Doctor … 157

32 The Emperor and the Old Man Who Was Ploughing a Field … 161

33 Drinking Like a Donkey … 165

34 A Judge’s Just Sentence for a Poor Man … 167

35 Solomon and the Three Crooks with die Chest … 171

36 Femme Fatale and the Three Brothers … 175

37 The Man Who Lost 1000 Eggs to the Tax Officials on His Way to Istanbul … 177

38 The Three Seers from Tikvesh with the Mule and the Judge … 183

39 The Rich Bachelor Who Wanted to Marry the Wealthy Squire’s Daughter … 187

40 The Priest Who Used to Keep His Wife Locked in the House … 191

41 All That Was — Has Passed, and AU That Is to Come — Will Pass … 197

42 The Young Man Who Became a Drunkard … 201

43 The Rich Bachelor Who Was a Great Miser … 203

44 A Woman’s Craftiness … 207

45 Two Millionaires — Both Bearing the Nickname ‘Skinflint’ … 213

46 The Woman Who Bought Jewels with Lies … 219

47 The Three Thieves who Murdered One Another for Money … 223

48 The Man Who Had the Emperor’s Permission to Murder … 225

49 Granny and Granpa Call off the Wedding … 229

50 He’s Got Two Wives but Who Wears the Pants in the Family? … 231

51 The Man Who Kept a Written Record of All the Female Wiles … 233

52 The Virtuous Woman with die Watermelon … 237

53 The Man Who Came from Hell … 239

54 You Have to Give a Bribe Before You Can Pay Your Taxes … 241

55 Caught in the Garlic … 245

56 The Two Partners — Innkeepers … 247

57 The Saddler Who Hid His Money in the Saddle … 249

58 Two Tight-fisted Men … 251

59 Nine Meatballs for a Penny … 253

60 The Simple Lad with the Broken Spade … 255

61 The Woodcutter with the Five Donkeys … 259

62 About a Simple Preacher … 261

63 The Magistrate Who Planned to Be a Heavenly Judge … 263

64 The Drunken Priest Who Fell in the Mud … 265

65 The Master Builder Who Pushed Over the Chimney … 267

66 The Stepdaughter Who Became Queen … 269