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—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist
The Type 510B Folktale Incest Motif:
In their classical form, type 510B folktale's include the following elements of the central incestuous motif: "The Father Who Wanted to Marry His Daughter."
● A dying woman extracts from her husband the promise that he will remarry only if he can find a woman that fits a certain description.
● After a period of mourning, the widower discovers that only his daughter meets the requirements for remarriage set by his deceased wife, and he asks her to marry him.
● The daughter, in order to buy time, and in hope of dissuading her father, asks for a number of gifts, but he finds these with little difficulty.
● Seeing no other solution to her dilemma, the girl dresses herself in an unusual garb and runs away.
● She finds both refuge and abuse in another man's household, where she serves as a maid.
● She temporarily escapes from the kitchen where she works and makes a series of appearances at a dress ball.
● A prince falls in love with the heroine in her beautiful attire. He discovers that the beautiful woman is none other than his maid, and he marries her.
In some versions of various folktale's, the incest motif that sets the plot into motion is suppressed with a different conflict being given between father and daughter. The second half of such stories bear a strong resemblance to the Cinderella (type 510A) folktale's.
Please enjoy this selection of incestuous folktale's compliments of Lot's Cave.
Doralice (Italy, Giovanni Francesco Straparola).
Donkey Skin (France, Charles Perrault).
Cinder Blower (Germany, Karl Bartsch).
Kaiser Heinrich in Sudemer Mountain (Germany, A. Kuhn and W. Schwartz).
Broomthrow, Brushthrow, Combthrow (Austria, Theodor Vernaleken).
The Emperor's Daughter in the Pig Stall (Romania, Arthur and Albert Schott).
Fair Maria Wood (Italy, Thomas Frederick Crane).
Gold Teeth (Italy, Estella Canziani).
The Princess Who Would Not Marry Her Father (Portugal, Consiglieri Pedroso).
The King Who Wished to Marry His Daughter (Scotland, J. F. Campbell).
Morag a Chota Bhain -
The Princess and the Golden Cow (England, Isabella Barclay).
The Story of Catskin (England, James Orchard Halliwell).
The Princess in the Cat-
The Beautiful Princess (Lithuania, August Schleicher).
Pigskin (Russia, Alexander Afanasyev).
Kniaz Danila Govorila (Russia, Alexander Afanasyev).