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Group No. 184


Letter

M. Ordaining the future

Group No.

M300 – M399

Group name

Prophecies

Description

M300. Prophecies. *Encyc. Rel. Ethics s.v. ”Divination“; Irish: *Cross, Beal XXI 326, 334f.; Schott Weissagen und Erfüllung im deutschen Volksmärchen (München, 1936).
 
M300.1. Prophecy by Jesus that certain people shall live ”till coming of Patrick.“ So it was. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M300.2. Unconscious prophecy. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M300.3. Prophetic gift received from another prophet. Jewish: Neuman.
 
M300.4. Suppression of prophecy. Jewish: Neuman.
 
M301. Prophets. **E. Bass Die merkmale der israelitischen Prophetie nach der traditionellen Auffassung des Talmud (Berlin, 1917); *Hdwb. d. Abergl. IX Nachträge 66 – 100; Icelandic: *Boberg; Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M301.0.1. Prophet destined never to be believed. Greek: Fox 179 (Cassandra); India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M301.0.2. Prophet speaks six nights each year. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M301.1. Wild man as prophet. Dickson 121 n. 68.
 
M301.2. Old woman as prophet. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 624; Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M301.2.1. Enraged old woman prophesies for youth. He has accidentally knocked her over (broken water pot, etc.). Type 516; *Cosquin Études 555; *Köhler in Gonzenbach I 209ff.; *BP IV 189; *Penzer Pentamerone of Basile (London, 1932) I 11; Penzer Ocean V 171; Rösch FFC LXXVII 100; Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M301.2.2. Old Woman, ”völva“, prophesies at child’s birth. Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M301.3. Druids as prophets. Irish: Plummer clxii, *Cross.
 
M301.4. Prophecies from old man who writes in a book. *Cosquin Études 448ff.
 
M301.5. Saints (holy men) as prophets. *Loomis White Magic 71; Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M301.5.1. Anchorite prophesies at childbirth. Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M301.5.2. Cuchulinn prophesies birth of 50 women. Shall be loyal folk to God. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M301.6. Fairies as prophets. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M301.6.1. Banshees as portents of misfortune. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M301.7. Biblical worthy as prophet. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M301.7.1. Moses as prophet. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M301.7.2. David as prophet. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M301.7.3. Abraham as prophet. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M301.8. Personification prophesies. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M301.9. Half-wit as prophet. Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: Neuman.
 
M301.9.1. Fool (entertainer) as prophet. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M301.10. Angels as prophets. (Cf. V230.) Irish myth: *Cross; Icelandic: Boberg; Jewish: Neuman.
 
M301.11. Spirit as prophet. (Cf. F400.) Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M301.12. Three fates, ”norns“, prophesy at child‘s birth. Icelandic: Corpus Poeticum Boreale I 131, FFC LXXIII xxxvii, *Boberg.
 
M301.13. Icelandic guardian spirits, ”spádísar“, prophesy victory. Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M301.14. Summoned dead prophesies. Icelandic: Herrmann Saxo II 98, *Boberg.
 
M301.15. Mountain in human shape prophesies whole family’s death. Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M301.16. Gods prophesy both good and evil about hero’s fate. Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M301.17. King as prophet. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M301.17.1. King in will foretells that daughters of his son shall be fruitful. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M301.18. Poet as prophet. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M301.19. Smith as prophet. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M301.20. Child as prophet. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M301.21. Sibyl as prophet. Writes on leaves blown about by winds. (Cf. M302.8.) Greek: *Grote I 307.
 
M302. Means of prophesying. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M302.1. Prophesying through knowledge of animal languages. Type 516; Rösch FFC LXXVII 116; Greek: Frazer Apollodorus I 87 n. 3.
 
M302.2. Man‘s fate written on his skull. *Penzer VII 24 n. 1; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M302.2.1. Fate written on the head. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M302.2.2. Man’s destiny read in his face. Korean: Zong in-Sob 73 No. 40.
 
M302.3. Descent into hell to learn future. Vergil Aeneid Book 6; Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 127.
 
M302.4. Horoscope taken by means of stars. *Prato RTP IV 178; *Wesselofsky Romania VI (1877) 161ff.; *Patch Fortuna 76 – 78 and notes; Dickson 33 n. 15; Fb ”lykkestjærne“ II 477, ”stjærne“ III 577b; *Hdwb. d. Abergl. VIII 461ff., IX N. 596 – 762; *Loomis White Magic 52. – Irish: Cross, Beal XXI 313; Icelandic: *Boberg; Italian Novella: *Rotunda; Jewish: *Neuman; Chinese: Graham.
 
M302.4.1. Astrology forbidden. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M302.5. Tasks assigned so as to learn future. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M302.6. Prophecy inscribed on well. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M302.7. Prophecy through dreams. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M302.8. Prophecy from book. (Cf. M301.21.) Jewish: Neuman, Gaster Thespis 348.
 
M303. Prophecy by reading palm. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
 
M304. Prophecy from enigmatical laugh. (Cf. N456.) Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M305. Ambiguous oracle. Dickson 132 n. 108; Frazer Apollodorus I 285 n. 4; Gaster Oldest Stories 205; Irish myth: Cross; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M306. Enigmatical prophecy. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M306.1. Enigmatical prophecy: what thou sowest thou shalt not reap, etc. (Thou shalt have children and they shall not die, etc.) Jewish: Neuman, Gaster Exempla 217 No. 144, Gaster Oldest Stories 205.
 
M306.2. Two sons: one a purse cutter and the other a killer. Wife tells husband that they will make a purse designer of one, and a butcher of the other. Spanish: Childers.
 
M306.3. Enigmatical prophecy: princess will wed physician, fisherman and prince all in one. Man puts on the guise of all three, one on top of another. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M306.4. Enigmatical prophecy: ”He that is to kill you shall grow up in Braja (a place). India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M306.5. Enigmatical prophecy: “He who will kill your child is not here, but in the village.” Africa (Fang): Tessman 187.
 
M310. Favorable prophecies. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M310.1. Prophecy: future greatness and fame. Irish myth: *Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M310.1.1. Prophecy: preeminence of man‘s descendants. Irish myth: Cross; Jewish: Neuman.
 
M310.1.1.1. Prophecy of preeminence to descendants of man provided they do the will of saint to be born. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M311. Prophecy: future greatness of unborn child. (Cf. M301.2.2, M301.5.1, M301.12, M359.3, M371.1.) Gaster Exempla 229 No. 242 (Moses); Wells 103 (Alliterative Alexander Fragment); Loomis White Magic 16f.; Irish myth: *Cross; Danish: Grundtvig No. 42; Icelandic: Boberg; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Greek: Frazer Apollodorus I 24 n. 1 (Zeus and Mitis), Roscher Lexikon s.v. “Achilleus”; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M311.0.1. Heroic career prophesied for (new-born) child. Irish myth: *Cross; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M311.0.2. Prophecy: birth of hero at certain time (in certain place). Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M311.0.2.1. Prophecy: conception of hero at certain time. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M311.0.3. Prophecy: child to be born. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M311.0.3.1. Prophecy: child to be born to childless couple. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M311.0.3.2. Prophecy that if raja should take one more queen he will have a son. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M311.0.4. Heavenly voices proclaim birth of future child hero. Jewish: Neuman.
 
M311.1. Prophecy: king‘s grandson will dethrone him. Irish: MacCulloch Celtic 167, *Cross; Babylonian: Spence 157.
 
M311.2. Prophecy: child born at certain time will build religious edifice. (Cf. M312.5.) Irish myth: Cross.
 
M311.3. Prophecy: unborn child to be a saint. Loomis White Magic 17f.; Irish: *Cross, Beal XXI 327, O’Suilleabhain 74.
 
M311.4. Prophecy: unborn child to become king. (Cf. M314.) Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M311.5. Unborn child will become nation‘s deliverer. Jewish: Neuman.
 
M311.6. Prophecy: unborn child will be prophet. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M312. Prophecy of future greatness for youth. *Types 461, 517, 725, 930; *BP I 322; English romance: Malory XI 4; Jewish: *Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 531; Korean: Zong in-Sob 72 No. 39, 209 No. 98.
 
M312.0.1. Dream of future greatness. *Type 725; *BP I 324; Cox 500; MacCulloch Childhood 354; Irish myth: Cross; Jewish: *Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M312.0.2. Prophecy of future greatness given by animals. *Type 517; *BP I 322; Spanish Exempla: Keller.
 
M312.0.3. Prophecy of future greatness if boy lives to be eighteen. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
 
M312.0.4. Mother’s symbolic dream (vision) about the greatness of her unborn child. Loomis: White Magic 18f; Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M312.0.4.1. The dream about a tree which sprouts enormously, indicates the birth of a hero (saint). Loomis White Magic 19.
 
M312.0.5. Prophecy: son will tie father to a horse‘s leg and strike him fifty blows. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M312.1. Prophecy: wealthy marriage for poor boy. *Types 461, 930; **Aarne FFC XXIII; **Tille Zs. f. Vksk. XXVIII 22a; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M312.1.1. Prophecy: wealthy marriage for poor girl. *BP I 288; *Aarne FFC XXIII 110.
 
M312.2. Prophecy: parents will humble themselves before their son. (Vaticinium.) *Type 517; *BP I 324; Köhler-Bolte I 145, 430; *Wesselski Märchen 221 No. 35; Campbell Sages cxii; Jewish: *Neuman; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M312.2.1. Prophecy: son to be more powerful than father. Greek: Grote I 173.
 
M312.2.2. Prophecy: youngest brother to rule over his brethren. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M312.3. Eater of magic bird-heart will become rich (or king). *Type 567; *BP III 3; **Aarne MSFO XXV 176; Chauvin VI 170; India: *Thompson-Balys; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 1138; Indonesia: De Vries‘s list No. 190.
 
M312.3.1. Eater of magic fish will have power to spit up treasure. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M312.3.2. Whoever eats outside of fruit will become a king and whoever eats the seed will drop gems from his mouth every time he laughs. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M312.4. Prophecy: superb beauty for girl. Type 709; Africa (Thonga): Junod II 266ff., (Ekoi): Talbot 401.
 
M312.5. Prophecy: child will build religious edifice. (Cf. M311.2.) Irish myth: Cross.
 
M312.6. Prophecy: boys to be fathers of saints. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M312.7. Prophecy of luck for outcast child. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 828.
 
M312.8. Prophecy: man will make sun and moon stand still. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M312.9. Prophecy: no people or king will be able to stand up against hero. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M313. Man transformed into swine will regain his human form after third marriage. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
 
M314. Prophecy: man (child) will become king. (Cf. M311.4.) Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: *Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M314.0.1. Prophecy: girl will be queen. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 539.
 
M314.1. Prophecy: son who catches certain fawn will become king. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M314.2. Prophecy: king will be succeeded by the son whom he shall see next. Sends for elder son, who delays and is preceded by younger son. Elder son is slain next day; younger son becomes king. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M314.3. Prophecy: younger son will succeed to throne. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M314.4. Prophecy of future empire for fugitive hero. Greek: *Grote I 307.
 
M315. Prophecy: man will eat magic salmon and gain knowledge. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M316. Prophecy: strength to be gained when milk is drunk from hero’s skull. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M317. Prophecy: race will never be without an illustrious woman. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M318. Prophecy: no snakes in Ireland. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M318.1. Prophecy: no snakes in Israel. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M321. Prophecy: long life. Irish myth: *Cross; Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M321.1. Blessing of saint to descend from generation to generation. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M322. Prophecy: person will avenge his own death. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M323. Prophecy: victory against great odds. Irish myth: Cross; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 183.
 
M324. Prophecy: future Golden Age. Irish myth: Cross; Jewish: Neuman.
 
M325. Prophecy: glory and prosperity for a people. Greek: Aeschylus Eumenides 920; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M326. Prophecy: future success as hunter. Eskimo (West Hudson Bay): Boas BAM XV 343.
 
M331. Princess to marry prince. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M340. Unfavorable prophecies.
 
M340.1. Prophecy of grief fulfilled by death of relative (friend, etc.). Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M340.2. Forced prophecies are unfavorable. Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M340.3. Prophecy of general misfortune to newborn child. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M340.4. Bridegroom to meet with disaster if he rides a certain elephant which comes to meet him. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M340.5. Prediction of danger. Africa (Bankon): Ittman 95.
 
M340.6. Prophecy of great misfortune. Korean: Zong in-Sob 73 No. 40.
 
M341. Death prophesied. Penzer IV 175f.; Ward II 620 No. 24; Alphabet Nos. 266, 305; Irish: *Cross, Beal XXI 333; Icelandic: *Boberg; Italian Novella: Rotunda; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.0.1. Saint prophesies that certain man will have a warning of coming death. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M341.0.2. All forty of man’s sons to die at once. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.0.3. Prophecy of death not to come true if baby is married to girl of twelve years. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1. Prophecy: death at (before, within) certain time. Irish: Beal XXI 313, O‘Suilleabhain 37, *Cross; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Jewish: Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys; Japanese: Ikeda.
 
M341.1.1. Prophecy: death on wedding day. Type 333*; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.1.1. Prophecy: death within year after marriage. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.1.2. Prophecy: death on seventh day of marriage. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.1.3. Prophecy of death upon daughter’s marriage. Greek: *Grote I 146.
 
M341.1.1.4. Prophecy: death on entrance to the marriage chamber. Moreno Esdras (N389).
 
M341.1.2. Prophecy: early death. Irish myth: *Cross; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.2.1. Prophecy: death of king (before the morrow). Irish myth: *Cross; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.2.2. Prophecy of death on twelfth day after birth. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.2.3. Prophecy: death within two months. Africa (Wakweli): Bender 103.
 
M341.1.2.4. Prophecy: death in three years and three months. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.2.5. Prophecy of only seven days‘ life for baby. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 285, 507.
 
M341.1.3. Prophecy: death before certain age.
 
M341.1.3.1. Prophecy: child shall hang before fifteen years. Fb “hænge” I 731b.
 
M341.1.3.2. Prophecy: death before eighteen years. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
 
M341.1.4. Prophecy: death at certain age.
 
M341.1.4.1. Prophecy: death at sixteen. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.4.2. Prophecy: danger to threatened newborn boy at his eighteenth year. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.4.3. Prophecy: death when twenty-five years old. Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 62 No. 449*.
 
M341.1.4.3.1. Prophecy: death on twenty-first birthday. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.4.4. Prophecy: man shall hang himself when he is thirty years old. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
 
M341.1.4.5. Prophecy: death at sixty. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.5. Prophecy: death within certain period. Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M341.1.5.1. Prophecy: death in ten years. Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M341.1.5.2. Prophecy that hero will not live another eighteen years. Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M341.1.6. Prophecy: death after certain time. Korean: Zong in-Sob 49 No. 29.
 
M341.1.6.1. Prophecy: death after three life spans. Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M341.1.6.2. Prophecy: death after two life spans. Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M341.1.6.3. Prophecy: death after three-year dominion. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M341.1.7. Prophecy: death at birth of child. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.1.7.1. Death at sight of son before twelve years. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2. Prophecy: death by particular instrument. In spite of all precautions the prophecy is fulfilled. *Basset 1001 Contes II 209; *Krappe Scandinavian Studies 16 (1942) 20 – 35; Irish myth: *Cross, India: Thompson-Balys; Japanese: Ikeda.
 
M341.2.0.1. Prophecy: death by particular weapon. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M341.2.1. Prophecy: death by mistletoe. *Frazer Golden Bough X – XI (Balder the Beautiful); Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M341.2.2. Prophecy: death by storm. *Type 932*.
 
M341.2.3. Prophecy: death by drowning. Irish myth: Cross; Japanese: Ikeda.
 
M341.2.3.1. Death by drowning: man strangles to death on drinking water. Irish: Beal XXI 328, O‘Suilleabhain 87; Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 136 No. 95; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2.4. Prophecy: three-fold death. Child to die from hunger, fire, and water. It so happens. *Jackson The Motive of the Threefold Death in the Story of Suibhne Geilt (Essays and Studies Presented to Eoin MacNeill 535 – 550); Irish myth: *Cross; Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 136 No. 96; Spanish Exempla: Keller.
 
M341.2.5. Prophecy: death by horse’s head. Man is killed in that way. **Taylor MPh XIX 93ff.; Krappe PSASS XVII (1942-43) 20ff.; Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M341.2.6. Prophecy: death by wolf. Killed by a wolf claw (or by a cat transformed to wolf). Type 333*; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 166*; Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 136 No. 94.
 
M341.2.7. Prophecy: death by fire. India: Thompson-Balys; Africa (Benga): Nassau 107 No. 9.
 
M341.2.7.1. Prophecy: sinners to be burnt by fire on Doomsday. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M341.2.8. Prophecy: death by poison. Greek: Fox 108 (Pelias and Aeson).
 
M341.2.9. Prophecy: death from hands of man with one sandal. Greek: *Frazer Apollodorus I 94 n. 1 (Jason); India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2.10. Prophecy: death from bite of stone lion. Man killed by scorpion concealed in the statue. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 827; Icelandic: *Boberg; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2.10.1. Prophecy: death by tiger. Tiger-shaped cake becomes tiger and kills man in spite of all precautions. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2.10.2. Prophecy: death from tiger. Tiger picture comes to life and kills man. India: *Thompson-Balys; Korean: Zong in-Sob 51 No. 30, 58 No. 33.
 
M341.2.11. Prophecy: death by lightning. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 932*; Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV No. 932*; Russian: Andrejev No. 932*; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 62 No. 449*.
 
M341.2.12. Prophecy: death through future husband. Greek: Frazer Apollodorus II 157 n. 4.
 
M341.2.13. Prophecy: death through spindle wound. *Type 410; *BP I 434.
 
M341.2.14. Prophecy: death by means of bone. Italian: Basile Pentamerone II No. 8, III No. 3, V No. 5.
 
M341.2.15. Prophecy: death at hands of man bearing a certain name. Russian: Afanasief “Tale of Prince Arta” (Moscow, 1897) 149 (cited in von Sydow Fåvne 45).
 
M341.2.16. Prophecy: death from thorns in rice. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2.17. Prophecy: king to be slain by certain spear unless it is given when demanded. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M341.2.18. Prophecy: death in battle. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M341.2.18.1. Hero kept from going to battle lest he be slain. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M341.2.19. Prophecy: death at hands of certain person. Irish myth: *Cross; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2.20. Prophecy: wholesale slaughter to be inflicted by colossal wheel rolling over Europe. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M341.2.21. Prophecy: death from snakebite. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2.21.1. Prophecy (through dream): death from cobra. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2.22. Prophecy: death by calf. Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M341.2.23. Prophecy: death by hanging. Irish: O‘Suilleabhain 107; Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M341.2.24. Prophecy: death by alligator (crocodile). India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.2.25. Prophecy: man to be swallowed up by earth at the foot of his stairs. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 1220.
 
M341.2.26. Prophecy: king’s son to die for lack of water. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 598.
 
M341.3. Prophecy: death in particular place. Irish myth: *Cross; Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M341.3.1. Prophecy: death in Jerusalem. Man dies in Jerusalem Chamber. **R. Meyer Gerbertsagnet 89ff.; *Liebrecht Zur Volkskunde 48; Graf Nuova Anthologia (1890) 239; *Fb “lys” II 483b; Alphabet No. 50.
 
M341.3.2. Prophecy: death between Erin and Alba. Man dies between two hills so named. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M341.3.3. Prophecy: drowning in particular stream. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M341.3.4. Prophecy: death on seashore. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M341.4. Prophecy: criminal going to death predicts that his judge (king, prince) shall soon meet him. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) Nos. 130, 833, 834.
 
M341.5. Prophecy: either youth or mother will die. Prato RTP IV 178.
 
M341.6. Prophecy: person foretells own death. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M342. Prophecy of downfall of kingdom. Bødker Exempler 301 No. 68; Irish myth: *Cross; English: Wells 61 (Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne); Spanish Exempla: Keller; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M342.1. Prophecy of downfall of king (prince). Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M342.2. Prophecy: son-to-be to destroy lineage. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 108.
 
M343. Parricide prophecy. In spite of all attempts to thwart the fates, the child kills his father. *Type 931; *Krappe Balor 11 n. 37; *Baum PMLA XXXI 481; Krappe Neuphilologische Mitteilungen XXIV 11ff.; Saintyves Saints Successeurs 268 – 70; Chauvin VI 36 No. 206; Irish myth: *Cross; Greek: Fox 33, 48f., 63, Grote I 6, 9, 85, 206, 243, 263, 466; Jewish: Neuman, bin Gorion Born Judas@2 I 166, 372; India: Thompson-Balys; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 34, 698, II 286, 924; N. A. Indian: Thompson CColl II 414.
 
M343.0.1. Parricide prophecy: king‘s successors will be parricides. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M343.0.2. Prophecy: mother will be killed by children. S. A. Indian (Kaigua): Métraux RMLP XXXIII 139.
 
M343.1. Prophecy: murder by son-in-law. *Krappe Balor 11 n. 37; Greek: Fox 119 (Pelops).
 
M343.2. Prophecy: murder by grandson. Greek: Fox 33 (Perseus).
 
M343.3. Prophecy: murder by nephew. Irish myth: *Cross; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 428.
 
M343.4. Prophecy: wicked couple to be killed by own child. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M343.5. Prophecy: death at hands of parents. Africa (Fang): Tessman 134f.
 
M344. Mother-incest prophecy. In spite of all precautions the youth marries his mother. *Type 931; *Cosquin Études 451; Hibbard 276; *Baum PMLA XXXI 481; Irish myth: *Cross; Greek: Fox 49 (Oedipus); India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M344.1. Father-daughter incest prophecy. Greek: Fox 120 (Thyestes); India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M345. Prophecy: daughter shall commit murder and incest and be sentenced to death. Type 728*.
 
M345.1. Prophecy: girl shall have a hundred lovers, shall marry her servant and die from spider‘s bite. This happens. *Basset 1001 Contes II 208. Cf. Gaster Exempla 246 No. 341; Chauvin VIII 104 No. 80.
 
M345.1.1. Prophecy: woman will have many lovers. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M345.2. Prophecy: man will deceive many women. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M346. Prophecy: child to be abducted at certain time. Hdwb. d. Märchens I 546b nn. 109 – 126; Italian: Basile Pentamerone IV No. 6.
 
M348. Murderer warned by God’s voice that murder will be avenged. *BP II 535 n. 1; *Wesselski Mönchslatein 88 No. 76; Irish: Beal XXI 336, O‘Suilleabhain 123; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 787*; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 205.
 
M351. Prophecy that youth shall abandon his religion and become Christian. (Baarlam and Josaphat.) *Cosquin Études 27ff.; Ward II 111ff.; Spanish Exempla: Keller.
 
M352. Prophecy of particular perils to prince on wedding journey. *Type 516; *Rösch FFC LXXVII 114; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M353. Prediction by bird that girl will have dead husband. (She disenchants him from magic sleep.) *Cosquin Contes indiens 108ff.; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M354. Prophecy that child will have external soul. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M354.1. Prophecy of rebirth as monkey. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 847.
 
M355. Prophecy: unborn child to be blind, deformed, sickly, etc. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M356. Prophecies concerning destiny of country. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M356.1. Prophecies concerning outcome of war. Irish myth: *Cross; Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M356.1.1. Prophecy: loss of battle (combat). Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M356.1.2. Prophecies concerning fate of heroes in battle. (Cf. M341.2.18.) Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: Neuman.
 
M356.1.3. Prophecy: first side to slay in battle will be defeated. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M356.1.4. Prophecy: destruction of fortress. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M356.2. Prophecy of a plague consisting of “a flame of fire” which shall destroy three-fourths of the population of Ireland. Plague can be prevented by fasting, etc. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M356.3. Prophecy: unborn (new-born) child (girl) to bring evil upon land. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M356.4. Prophecy: evil to come to country. Irish: O‘Suilleabhain 88; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M356.5. Prophecy: end of Round Table for Arthur’s knights. English romance: Malory XI 2.
 
M357. Prophecy: world catastrophe. Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: *Neuman; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 501.
 
M357.1. Prophecy: fiery bolt from a dragon to kill world population. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M358. Prophecies connected with journeys. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M358.1. Evil predictions concerning journeys. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M358.1.1. Prophecy: death on journey. (Cf. M341.1.) Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M358.2. Journey to otherworld foretold. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M359. Unfavorable prophecies – miscellaneous. Irish myth: Cross; Jewish: Neuman.
 
M359.1. Prophecy: weapons with which man is killed will recount deed to his son. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M359.2. Prophecy: prince‘s marriage to common woman. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M359.3. Prophecy: unborn child to kill enemy in revenge. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M359.4. Prophecy: torture “with varied tortures.” Irish myth: Cross.
 
M359.5. Prophecy: poverty from birth. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M359.6. Prophecy: all flocks will perish and family die. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M359.7. Prophecy: rich man will have a son but the son will marry a poor girl. Chinese: Graham.
 
M359.8. Deluge prophesied. Chinese: Graham.
 
M359.9. Prophecy of famine. Chinese: Graham.
 
M359.10. Thievery a predestined lot. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M360. Other prophecies.
 
M361. Fated hero. Only certain hero will succeed in exploit. Dickson 132 n. 108; Irish myth: *Cross; Icelandic: Sturlaugs saga Starfsama; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M361.1. Prophecy: certain hero to achieve Holy Grail. English romance: Malory XIV 2.
 
M362. Prophecy: death of ruler to insure victory. Spanish Exempla: Keller; Italian Novella: Rotunda.
 
M363. Coming of religious leader prophesied. (Cf. M300.1.)
 
M363.1. Coming of Christ (Christianity) prophesied. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M363.1.1. Coming of Antichrist prophesied. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M363.2. Prophecy: coming of Messiah. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M363.2.1. Prophecy: woman to be ancestress of David and the Messiah. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M364. Various prophecies connected with saints (or holy men). Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M364.1. Prophecy: saint‘s monastery will be persecuted. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.1.1. Prophecy: founding of church at certain place by saint. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.2. Prophecy: remission of tax through endeavor of saint. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.3. Prophecy: saint will succeed in conversion. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.3.1. Prophecy: sinners going to heaven are to be numbered by hairs in saint’s chasuble. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.3.2. Prophecy: great numbers (three) to be saved through virtue of saint. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M364.4. Place of saint‘s resurrection prophesied. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.4.1. Saint’s resurrection to take place where chariot breaks down. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.5. Prophecy: vicinity in which saint lost tooth will be deserted by heathen. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.6. Prophecy: rainbow will appear at saint‘s death. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.7. Coming (birth) of saint prophesied. (Cf. M363.1.2.) Loomis White Magic 17; Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M364.7.1. Coming of saint prophesied by druids. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M364.7.2. Coming of saint (Christianity) prophesied by heathen. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M364.7.3. Bishop foretells birth of saint. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M364.7.4. Prophecy: unborn child shall be nun. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.8. Prophecy: miraculous removal of saint’s bones. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M364.8.1. Saint foretells desecration of his bones. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.9. Hero prophesies that one-half of the churches in Ireland shall be named for Ciaran. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.10. Destruction and rebuilding of church foreseen by saint. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M364.11. Everyone buried in saint‘s soil shall go to heaven. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M365. Prophecy: eternal peace in an early death or long troublesome life. (Cf. M369.7.) Greek: Roscher Lexikon s.v. “Achilleus”.
 
M365.1. Prophecy: hero may win fame but die early. Chooses fame. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M365.2. Son to be brave and wise but not to remain and cause mother to weep. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M365.3. Prophecy: girl will be perfect in love but will die in a desert overcome by separation from her love. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M366. Prophecy: hero may win lady’s love but die early. Chooses this rather than long life without her. Icelandic: Völsunga saga 53.
 
M367. Prophecy: immunity from certain types of death.
 
M367.1. Immunity from wet or dry, steel or wood, sword or javelin, by day or by night. Man killed at edge of sea, at twilight, with force of sea and thunderbolt. India: Thompson-Balys; Hindu: Keith 133.
 
M368. Prophecy: punishment for misappropriation of property. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
 
M369. Miscellaneous prophecies. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M369.1. Prophecies that person will tell three (two) falsehoods before death. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M369.2. Prophecies concerning love and marriage. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M369.2.1. Future husband (wife) foretold. Irish myth: Cross; Jewish: Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M369.2.1.1. Prophecy of king taking a cruel stepmother to her sons after her death enacted before eyes of dying queen by sparrow family living in tree by palace window. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M369.2.1.2. Prophecy: princess will marry a bastard. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M369.2.2. Prophecy: lovers not destined to meet in life will never part after death. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M369.2.3. Prophecy: marriage when one is twelve years old. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M369.2.4. Prophecy: if the raja marries certain girl he will prosper. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M369.2.5. Prophecy: descendant of mistress shall serve that of handmaid. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M369.3. Prophecy that certain person will fight particular battle. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M369.4. Names of future kings foretold. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M369.4.1. Prophecy that bird will become king. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M369.5. Prophecies concerning invasion and conquest. Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: Neuman.
 
M369.5.1. Signs before destruction of Jerusalem. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M369.6. Time and place of landing of returning heroes prophesied. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M369.7. Prophecy about birth of children. (Cf. M365.) Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M369.7.1. Prophecy: birth of twins. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M369.7.2. Prophecy about birth of heir. Jewish: Neuman.
 
M369.7.3. Prophecy: sex of unborn child. Jewish: *Neuman.
 
M369.8. Prophecies about children born at the same time. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M369.9. Prophecy: king will have head pounded by strange queen. Due to peculiar set of circumstances this happens. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M369.10. Prophecy: boy to be great hunter. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M370. Vain attempts to escape fulfillment of prophecy. (Cf. M341.2.10, M343, M344.) *Type 930; **Aarne FFC XXIII 110ff.; *BP IV 116 n. 10; *Fb “rig” III 55a; *Cosquin Études 27ff.; Irish myth: *Cross; Greek: Grote I 85; Jewish: *Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 109, 428, 598, II 1220; Chinese: Eberhard FFC CXX 202 No. 149; Africa (Wakweli): Bender 103.
 
M370.1. Prophecy of death fulfilled. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 932A*; Russian: Andrejev No. 932I*; Rumanian: Schullerus FFC LXXVII No. 932*; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M370.1.1. Prophecy wittingly fulfilled by wazir that he will murder the raja, but unwittingly causes his own death twelve years hence. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M371. Exposure of infant to avoid fulfillment of prophecy. *Type 930; **Aarne FFC XXIII 56, 91; *Encyc. Religion and Ethics s.v. “Abandonment and exposure”; *Krappe Revue de l‘Histoire des Religions CVII (1933) 126ff.; Icelandic: Boberg; Jewish: Neuman, bin Gorion Born Judas@2 I 165, 372; Greek: Fox 5, 118; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M371.0.1. Abandonment in forest to avoid fulfillment of prophecy India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M371.0.2. Father throws boy of boy-girl twin birth into river to avoid evil effects of twin birth. Africa (Fang): Tessman 91.
 
M371.1. Exposure (murder) of child to avoid fulfillment of prophecy of future greatness. Parent fears that the child will overcome him. Irish: MacCulloch Celtic 167; Icelandic: De la Saussaye 142; Italian Novella: *Rotunda; Greek; Fox 6f.; India: Thompson-Balys
 
M371.2. Exposure of child to prevent fulfillment of parricide prophecy. *Type 931; Irish myth: *Cross; Greek: Fox 48 (Oedipus); India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M371.3. Murder of child to prevent fulfillment of prophecy of ruin she will bring upon kingdom. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M372. Confinement in tower to avoid fulfillment of prophecy. Type 932*; Köhler in Gonzenbach II 222; *Wesselski Mönchslatein 91 No. 77; Chauvin V 253 No. 150, VIII 105 No. 80; Irish myth: *Cross; Russian: Andrejev No. 932*; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Italian Novella: *Rotunda, Basile Pentamerone III No. 3, IV No. 6; Jewish: Neuman.
 
M372.1. Confinement in iron house below surface of earth to avoid fulfillment of prophecy. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M373. Expulsion to avoid fulfillment of prophecy. *Types 517, 671, 725; Köhler-Bolte I 145; *BP I 322ff.; Cox 500; MacCulloch Childhood 354; India: *Thompson-Balys; Indonesia: De Vries‘s list No. 204.
 
M375. Slaughter of innocents to avoid fulfillment of prophecy. *Hartland Perseus I 14; Irish myth: *Cross; Spanish Exempla: Keller.
 
M375.1. All male children killed for fear that they will overcome parent. Africa (Zulu): Callaway 41.
 
M375.2. Slaughter of children to prevent fulfillment of parricide prophecy. Irish myth: Cross; India: Thompson-Balys; Hindu: Keith 171.
 
M375.3. Child mutilated to avoid fulfillment of prophecy. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M375.4. Wooers slain to avoid fulfillment of prophecy. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M376. God swallows his pregnant wife to prevent birth of son whom he fears. Greek: *Frazer Apollodorus I 24 n. 1.
 
M376.1. Exposure of pregnant woman to avoid fulfillment of prophecy concerning future child. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M376.2. Murder of pregnant woman to avoid fulfillment of prophecy. Irish myth: Cross; India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M376.3. Children swallowed one after the other as they are born for fear one of them will overcome father. Greek: Grote I 6.
 
M376.4. Delivery of child fated to rule retarded in order to avoid fulfillment of prophecy. Greek: Grote I 88.
 
M377. Sword that is to kill one is weighted and sunk so as to avoid the prophecy. (Cf. M341.2.) Icelandic: Boberg.
 
M377.1. Stone that is to kill one powdered and thrown into distant sea. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M381. Man whose death has been prophesied takes refuge in church, but is accidentally slain through window by arrow directed at stag. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M382. Futile moving to avoid death. Man told by Death he will die where he stands sells everything and moves to another town. He goes for a ride on a mare which runs away with him and throws him on the spot he so dreads, killing him. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M390. Prophecies – miscellaneous motifs. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M391. Fulfillment of prophecy.
 
M391.1. Fulfillment of prophecy successfully avoided. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M391.1.1. Prophecy of misfortune for prince avoided successfully in one respect. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
M391.2. Wandering skull fulfills prophecy. India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
M392. Queen dies from fright from evil prophecy. Icelandic: *Boberg.
 
M393. Favorable prophecies: blessings, beatitudes.
 
M393.1. Child pronounces blessing according to which countries are to be filled with what they are later famous for. India. Thompson-Balys.
 
M394. Hero’s coming prophesied. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M395. Prophecy: son of certain name will become king; all sons given the name. Irish myth: *Cross.
 
M396. Prophecy: meeting will take place only after death. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M397. Prophecy: hunters will encounter certain wild boar. Irish myth: Cross.
 
M398. Futility of weather prophecies. Irish: O‘Suilleabhain 72, 110.

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