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Group No. 149


J. The wise and the foolish

Group No.

J2400 – J2449

Group name

Foolish imitation


J2400. J2400. Foolish imitation.
J2401. J2401. Fatal imitation. (Cf. J2411.1, J2411.2, J2413.4.2, J2422.) *Types 1060 – 1114 passim; Irish myth: Cross; Missouri French: Carrière; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 120 No. 1075; N. A. Indian: *Thompson Tales 353 n. 271b.
J2410. J2410. Types of foolish imitation.
J2411. J2411. Foolish imitation of miracle (magic).
J2411.1. J2411.1. Imitation of magic rejuvenation unsuccessful. (Cf. J2401.) *Types 531, 753; Lithuanian: Balys Legends Nos. 633f.; Spanish: Espinosa III Nos 168 – 171; Missouri French: Carrière; Greek: Frazer Apollodorus I 121 n. 4; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2411.1.1. J2411.1.1. Foolish imitation of sham death and return (= resuscitation). India: Thompson-Balys.
J2411.1.2. J2411.1.2. Unsuccessful imitation of a god: lions fall out of the furnace instead of men covered with gold and silver. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2411.2. J2411.2. Imitation of miraculous horse-shoeing unsuccessful. Christ takes off a horse’s foot to shoe it and then successfully replaces it. (Cf. J2401.) Type 753; Dh II 168ff.; Lowes Romanic Review V 368ff.; India: *Thompson-Balys.
J2411.3. J2411.3. Unsuccessful imitation of magic production of food. (Cf. J2425.) Type 552B; Christiansen Norske Eventyr 80; West Indies: Flowers 489.
J2411.4. J2411.4. Imitation of magician unsuccessful. Person does self injury. Irish myth: Cross.
J2411.5. J2411.5. Alleged return from land of dead with bags of gold persuades dupe to try to imitate. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2411.6. J2411.6. Imitation of jumping into fire without injury: dupe burned up. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2411.6.1. J2411.6.1. Sister of goddess tries to imitate her feat of being cooked without harm and dies in the attempt. Hawaii: Beckwith Myth 96.
J2411.7. J2411.7. Imitation of magic production of garden and lake unsuccessful. Cheremis: Sebeok-Nyerges.
J2411.8. J2411.8. Unsuccessful imitation of magic sewing. Cheremis: Sebeok-Nyerges.
J2411.9. J2411.9. Obedient woman’s pestle remains magically suspended in air. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2412. J2412. Foolish imitation of healing.
J2412.1. J2412.1. Hot onion to the eye. A friend has cured his foot with this remedy. Herbert III 63; Hervieux IV 278 No. 34; *Krappe Bulletin Hispanique XXXIX 36; Spanish Exempla: Keller.
J2412.2. J2412.2. Pulling out the eye so that the pain will cease. He has had a tooth pulled and the pain ceased. Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 244 No. 136.
J2412.3. J2412.3. Imitation of the prescription. A peasant envying a doctor‘s fee for giving him a plaster and predicting a son, poses as a doctor. He predicts a son for a eunuch and gives a plaster for heart disease. Chauvin II 196 No. 23.
J2412.4. J2412.4. Imitation of diagnosis by observation: ass’s flesh. A doctor tells his patient that he has eaten too much chicken, and this the patient confesses. The doctor‘s son wants to know how the diagnosis was made. The doctor says that as he rode up he observed chicken feathers and made his conclusions. The son imitates. He sees an ass’s saddle. Diagnosis: you have eaten too much ass‘s flesh. *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 250 No. 167; *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 792; Italian Novella: *Rotunda; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2412.4.1. J2412.4.1. Imitation of diagnosis by observation: stick under table. India: *Thompson-Balys.
J2412.5. J2412.5. Healing with the cherry tree. A man whose wife refuses to talk remembers that a priest drank black cherry juice whenever he lost his voice. He cannot get the cordial but concluding that a limb of the cherry tree will have the same effect beats his wife with is. She is cured. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 715.
J2412.6. J2412.6. Sick woman hung in well to cool off: drowned. Fool has cooled objects thus. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2412.7. J2412.7. Foolish physician cauterizes ”sick“ cartwheel to stop it from creaking; burns it up instead. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2412.8. J2412.8. Fool claims to cure goitre by striking. Has seen melon thus dislodged from camel’s throat. (Cf. F952.3.1, F953.1.) India: Thompson-Balys.
J2413. J2413. Foolish imitation by an animal. Tries to go beyond his powers.
J2413.1. J2413.1. Ass tries to caress his master like the dog. He is driven off. *Crane Vitry 139 No. 15; Oesterley Gesta Romanorum No. 79; Jacobs Aesop 202 No. 10; Wienert FFC LVI 46 (ET 45), *90 (ST 19); Halm Aesop No. 331; Spanish Exempla: Keller; West Indies: Flowers 489f.
J2413.1.1. J2413.1.1. Ass imitating dog brays so as to wake master when thieves are robbing him. Beaten for his pains. India: *Thompson-Balys.
J2413.2. J2413.2. Ass tries to jump on the roof like the ape. Wienert FFC LVI 46 (ET 44), *90 (ST 18); Halm Aesop No. 338.
J2413.3. J2413.3. Daw tries to carry off lamb like eagle. Is caught in the lamb‘s fleece. Wienert FFC LVI 66 (ET 297), 93 (ST 65); Halm Aesop No. 8.
J2413.4. J2413.4. Animal dupe cuts off limb. Thinks he is imitating another animal.
J2413.4.1. J2413.4.1. Fowl makes another animal believe that he has had his leg cut off. Says that he has received large pay. He has his leg hidden under his wing. The elephant (hippopotamus) cuts his off and bleeds to death. (Cf. J2401.) Africa (Fang): Nassau 235 No. 4, (Congo): Weeks 205.
J2413.4.2. J2413.4.2. Fowl makes another animal believe that he has had his neck cut off. He has his neck hidden under his wing. The hare cuts his off and dies. (Cf. J2401.) Africa (Thonga): Junod 216; American Negro: Parsons JAFL XXX 190, 226, MAFLS XVI 34, Work JAFL XXXII 401.
J2413.4.3. J2413.4.3. Monkey cuts his throat, thinking that he is imitating the cobbler. Nouvelles Récréations No. 19.
J2413.5. J2413.5. The dog imitates a wolf. Wants to kill a horse. He asks the cat: ”Is my back bristled, etc.“ The horse kills him with a kick. (Cf. K1121.) Lithuanian: Balys Index No. *106; Russian: Andrejev No. *119.
J2413.6. J2413.6. Monkey sneezes in king’s presence like rabbit. Killed. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2413.7. J2413.7. Crane tries to catch fish like hawk. Is mired at water‘s edge. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2413.8. J2413.8. Jackal tries to roar like lion at elephant. Is killed. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2413.9. J2413.9. Raven tries to imitate dove’s step but breaks his bones. Jewish: Neuman.
J2415. J2415. Foolish imitation of lucky man. Because one man has had good luck a numskull imitates and thinks he will have equal luck. He is disappointed. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3252, 3255, 3594, 3691; Arab: Azov JPASB II 412; India: *Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Graham; West Indies: Flowers 490.
J2415.1. J2415.1. The two presents to the king: the beet and the horse. A farmer takes an extraordinary beet as present to the king and receives a large reward. His companion is eager for a reward and leads a handsome steed to the palace. The king rewards him with the beet. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 798; BP III 188ff., *191; *Gaster Exempla 190 No. 25; Köhler-Bolte I 136; England: Baughman; Italian Novella: *Rotunda; India: Thompson-Balys; West Indies: Flowers 490.
J2415.1.1. J2415.1.1. The gift of the donkey. Ruler rewards the gift of a clever donkey. Greedy nobleman seeking a like reward sends ruler two donkeys in rich trappings. Ruler advises the donor that he is sorry that his gift will deprive him of worthy companionship. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J2415.1.2. J2415.1.2. The two presents to the king: two poems. A famous poet presented to the king some poems and was richly rewarded. Another poet likewise gave the king some poetry. The king gave him the first poet’s verses. Spanish: Childers.
J2415.2. J2415.2. Picking the louse and the flea. One man rewarded with forty crowns for picking louse from king‘s robe. Imitator given forty lashes for picking flea. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 799.
J2415.3. J2415.3. Crab tries to imitate bird who lays egg in pot of boiling water. Falls in instead of being rewarded. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2415.4. J2415.4. Fairies help forgotten child, but strangle child trying to imitate good luck. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3691.
J2415.5. J2415.5. Ascetic imitates Brahmin’s practices. Brahmin goes to heaven, ascetic to hell. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2415.6. J2415.6. Pig sees goat return decked with ornaments and plenty of food; goes out and imitates trick played by goat but is beaten instead. India: *Thompson-Balys.
J2415.7. J2415.7. A snake for the real daughter. Stepdaughter, married to a snake, appears decorated with jewels. Stepmother desires a snake be procured for her daughter. She is swallowed instead. India: *Thompson-Balys.
J2416. J2416. Poor man foolishly imitates rich. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 2432*; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2417. J2417. Foolish imitation of leader. Christensen DF XLVII 189 No. 14, 194 no. 19.
J2417.1. J2417.1. Company to sing like leader. When his foot is caught in a wheel, they keep repeating his call for help as a song. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 1694*; Chinese: Eberhard FFC CXX 285 No. 64, FFC CXXVIII 244f. No. 148.
J2417.2. J2417.2. To imitate the leader. He slips and all fall to floor. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2420. J2420. Foolish imitation – miscellaneous.
J2421. J2421. The fool spits in the hot porridge. He has seen the smith spit on the hot iron. Type 1262*.
J2422. J2422. The scythe cuts one man‘s head off. All have theirs cut off. *Type 1203.
J2423. J2423. The eye-juggler. A trickster sees a man throwing his eyes into the air and replacing them. He also receives this power but he must not use the power beyond a specified number of times. When he does so, he loses his eyes. He usually gets animal eyes as substitutes. N. A. Indian: *Thompson-Tales 299 n. 92.
J2424. J2424. The sharpened leg. A trickster sees a man with a sharpened leg. He also receives the power of sharpening his leg without harm if he will use it but four times. He breaks the tabu and is left with his leg sticking in a tree. N. A. Indian: *Thompson Tales 299 n. 95; S. A. Indian (Warrau, Carrib, Shipaya): Lowie BBAE CXLIII (3) 55.
J2425. J2425. The bungling host. A trickster (animal) visits various animals who display their peculiar powers in obtaining food (often magic). He returns the invitation and tries to provide food in similar ways. He fails and usually has a narrow escape from death. (Cf. J2411.3.) N. A. Indian: *Thompson Tales 301 n. 103, Speck U Pa I 141 n. 2; Lepers Island: Dixon 128; Cape Verde Islands: Parsons MAFLS XV (1) 27 n. 1; Jamaica: Beckwith MAFLS XVII 280 No. 97.
J2426. J2426. Numskull wants to be shaved too. He sees another man being shaved and thinks that the man is having his ears cut off. He orders his wife to cut off his ears. Africa (Bushman): Bleek and Lloyd 205.
J2427. J2427. Numskull praises his daughter as being pregnant. He tries in vain to sell his cow and succeeds only when he says that she is with calf. When suitors come wooing his daughter, he tries the same plan disastrously. *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 223 No. 57.
J2428. J2428. Numskull puts money into the exchange so as to participate in the business. He hears that great lords take a part in the business of the exchange where he sees great heaps of money. He throws down a penny and says, ”You may like it or not, but I want money in the exchange, too.“ *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 566.
J2431. J2431. A man undertakes to do his wife’s work. All goes wrong. *Type 1408; *BP I 321; Bolte Frey 222 No. 20; Fb ”øl“ III 1175a; Nouvelles Récréations No. 45.
J2431.1. J2431.1. Men exchange duties: each wants to get better of the other, but is cheated, finding the other‘s work more difficult. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2434. J2434. Man saved from well by rope. Disastrous attempt to save him from tree in same way. India: *Thompson-Balys.
J2442. J2442. Protecting as the stork does. Man has had stork protect him from rain by covering him with his wing. Man tries to protect his wife from rain with his arm. India: Thompson-Balys.

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