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Group No. 224


T. Sex

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T600 – T699

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Care of children


T600. T600. Care of children. **Ploss Das Kind; Fellinger Das Kind in der altfranzösischen Literatur (Göttingen, 1908); *McDaniel Conception, Birth and Infancy (Miami, 1948); Irish myth: *Cross.
T601. T601. Infant bathed in milk. Irish myth: Cross.
T602. T602. Weapons and horses procured for boy at his birth. Icelandic: Hervarar saga 85, Boberg.
T605. T605. Divine nurse. Greek: Grote I 52.
T610. T610. Nurture and growth of children.
T611. T611. Suckling of children.
T611.1. T611.1. Child nourished by sucking its own fingers. *Cosquin Études 208, 256; Toldo I 341; Babylonian: Spence 54.
T611.1.1. T611.1.1. Child nourished by sucking thumb of a god. Egyptian: Müller 115; India: Thompson-Balys; Hindu: Keith 166.
T611.2. T611.2. Child miraculously suckled by his father. *BP II 296; Icelandic: Boberg.
T611.3. T611.3. Witch (fairy) suckles child. Hoffman-Krayer Zs. f. Vksk. XXV 121 n. 4; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3297, Legends No. 528.
T611.4. T611.4. Children magically prevented from suckling. Fb “patte” I 791a.
T611.5. T611.5. Child miraculously suckled by saint. (Cf. V211.1.8.1.) Irish myth: *Cross.
T611.5.1. T611.5.1. Saint has two paps – a pap with milk and a pap with honey: with these he suckles two infants. Irish myth: Cross.
T611.5.2. T611.5.2. Saint feeds children by cutting off cow‘s teats and pouring milk into them. Irish myth: *Cross.
T611.5.3. T611.5.3. Children miraculously suckled by angel. Jewish: Neuman.
T611.6. T611.6. Milk magically appears in woman’s breast so as to nourish orphan. (Cf. T592.) Loomis White Magic 22; India: Thompson-Balys.
T611.7. T611.7. Abandoned child saved by seagulls; milk furnished by doe; angel brings bell as drinking utensil. Loomis White Magic 22.
T611.8. T611.8. One woman suckles many babies. Jewish: *Neuman.
T611.9. T611.9. Dead mother‘s breasts furnish sufficient nourishment for her baby during two years. *Loomis White Magic 108.
T611.10. T611.10. Man suckled by dog (wolf): called Mac Con (Son of Dog). Irish myth: *Cross.
T611.10.1. T611.10.1. Girl suckled by wolf has nail “like a wolf’s nail.” Irish myth: Cross.
T611.10.2. T611.10.2. Saint suckled by wolf. Irish myth: *Cross.
T611.11. T611.11. Child nourished by sucking the eyeballs of snake-mother (frog-mother) who left it. Japanese: Ikeda.
T612. T612. Child born of slain mother cares for itself during infancy. Oceanic: Dixon 132, 137; N. A. Indian: *Thompson Tales 319 n. 152.
T614. T614. Diabolical child kills his wet-nurses. (Gowther, Robert the Devil.) *Hibbard 49ff.; *Wells 784.
T615. T615. Supernatural growth. (Cf. T585.) *Köhler-Bolte I 405, 544; *Child V 482 s.v. “growth”; Fb “pattebarn” II 792; Gaster Oldest Stories 130. – Irish: MacCulloch Celtic 26, *Cross; Welsh: MacCulloch Celtic 95; Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 21, 74; Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. “croissance”; Greek: *Frazer Apollodorus I 175 n. 2, Fox 175; Persian: Carnoy 332; Babylonian: Spence 54; Jewish: *Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Ferguson 30, Werner 306, *Coyajee JPASB XXIV 179; Japanese: Mitford 189ff., Ikeda; Philippine: Dixon 234, (Tinguian): Cole 30 n. 3, 53, 102; Eskimo (Greenland): Holm 47, Rasmussen I 234, 238, III 153; N. A. Indian: *Thompson Tales 307 n. 112, (California): Gayton and Newman 69; S. A. Indian (Carajá): Métraux MAFLS XL 49, (Toba): ibid. 89, 98, 157, (Tupinamba): Métraux BBAE CXLIII (3) 132, (Cashinawa): ibid. 684, (Yurakare): Métraux RMLP XXXIII 144, (Karib): ibid. 147, (Uru-Chipaya): ibid. 109; Africa: Werner African 221, (Benga): Nassau 185 No. 24, (Basuto): Jacottet 118 No. 17, 70 No. 11, (Ekoi): Talbot 33, 127, 312, (Zulu): Callaway 8ff., 73, 110, (Gold Coast): Barker and Sinclair 147 No. 29, (Boloki): Einstein 112, (Baluba): ibid. 183, (Fang): ibid. 57.
T615.1. T615.1. Precocious speech. (Cf. T585.) DeVries “De Sage van het ingemetselde Kind” Nederlandsche Tijdschrift voor Volkskunde XXXII (1917) 1; Irish myth: *Cross; Finnish: Kalevala runes 31, 50; Africa (Kaffir): Theal 72f.
T615.2. T615.2. Women old from their birth. Greek: *Frazer Apollodorus I 155 n. 4.
T615.3. T615.3. Precocious wisdom. Jewish: *Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Graham.
T615.4. T615.4. Precocious boy supports his widowed mother and himself by use of his wits. India: Thompson-Balys.
T615.5. T615.5. Precocious young child demands weapons. (Cf. T617.1.) India: Thompson-Balys.
T617. T617. Boy reared in ignorance of the world. English: Wells 72 (Sir Percyvelle of Galles); Irish myth: *Cross; Missouri French: Carrière; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Jewish: Neuman.
T617.1. T617.1. Future hero as child isolated from world kills increasingly larger game with superior weapons. N. A. Indian (California): Gayton and Newman 69.
T617.2. T617.2. Hero learns his name at time of first adventure. Irish myth: Cross.
T621. T621. Orphan inquires about parents. (Cf. L111.4.1.) N. A. Indian (California): Gayton and Newman 69.
T640. T640. Illegitimate children. Irish myth: *Cross; India: Thompson-Balys.
T640.1. T640.1. Illegitimate child of nun. (Cf. V465.1.2.) Irish myth: *Cross.
T640.2. T640.2. Mother of illegitimate child given as pledge for his crime. Irish myth: Cross.
T642. T642. Test of legitimacy of children: exposure to asps. Asps will bite only foreigners. (Cf. H222.1.) Herbert III 168 No. 16.
T644. T644. Child betrays his own illegitimacy. India: Thompson-Balys.
T645. T645. Paramour leaves token with girl to give their son. *Type 873; *Potter Sohrab and Rustem 6ff.; Irish myth: Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg; India: Thompson-Balys; Japanese: Ikeda; Hawaii: Beckwith Myth 86, 330, 478f.
T645.1. T645.1. Sword left for posthumous son to kill father’s murderer. Krappe Balor 35; Marie de France “Yonec”.
T645.2. T645.2. “Keep it if it is a girl; send it to me if it is a boy.” Hero leaving girl says this of the prospective child. Icelandic: *Boberg.
T645.2.1. T645.2.1. “Kill it if it is a girl.” Indonesia: De Vries‘s list No. 203.
T645.3. T645.3. Father orders the mother to send the expected illegitimate boy to him when he can perform certain feats. Irish myth: Cross; Greek: Fox 97 (Theseus).
T645.4. T645.4. Hero leaves bedmate keys to treasure chamber for the son she is supposed to bear. Icelandic: Boberg.
T646. T646. Illegitimate child taunted by playmates. *Type 873; DeVries Edda (1923) 155ff., DeVries Studiën over Faerösche balladen 44ff.; Chauvin V 72; Irish: MacCulloch Celtic 52, *Cross; Welsh: MacCulloch Celtic 200; Missouri French: Carrière; India and China: Cowell Jataka VI 21, Chavannes 500 Contes III 331; Chinese: Graham; Japanese: Ikeda; Korean: Zong in-Sob 78 No. 44; Oceanic: Dixon 67f., 82, 113; Africa: Frobenius Atlantis IV 273; Jamaica: Beckwith MAFLS XVII 277 No. 89; West Indies: Flowers 579.
T646.1. T646.1. Child cries because his father is unknown. S. A. Indian (Uru-Chipaya): Métraux RMLP XXXIII 169.
T647. T647. Illegal to care for illegitimate child. Irish myth: Cross.
T670. T670. Adoption of children. *Encyc. Religion Ethics s.v. “adoption”; Icelandic: Boberg; Missouri French: Carrière; India: Thompson-Balys.
T671. T671. Adoption by suckling. Ogress who suckles hero claims him as her son. *Cosquin Études 199ff.; *Roberts 177.
T672. T672. Adopted child reproaches his foster mother and is returned to his real mother. India: Thompson-Balys.
T673. T673. Rich but stingy couple adopt young man as their son: everybody is happy. India: Thompson-Balys.
T674. T674. Adopted child deserted when own child is born to couple. India: Thompson-Balys.
T675. T675. Real mother preferred to foster mothers. Kid abandoned by his mother suckles the whole flock but is not satisfied. Chauvin III 56 No. 15.
T675.1. T675.1. Children prefer foster mother. Gaster Thespis 252.
T676. T676. Childless couple adopt animal as substitute for child. India: *Thompson-Balys; Japanese: Ikeda.
T676.1. T676.1. Childless woman adopts a serpent (transformed man). (Cf. D191.) Italian: Basile Pentamerone II No. 5.
T677. T677. Substitute for a child. Aged, childless couple carve themselves a child from wood, or make one from snow, clay, and the like. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 701*; Russian: Andrejev No. 703.
T678. T678. Adopted child identical with real child reared with him. *Ranke FFC CXIV 152 – 4.
T680. T680. Care of children – miscellaneous motifs.
T681. T681. Each likes his own children best. Snipe asks sportsman to spare its small ones, easily recognized as being the prettiest in the forest. To be on the safe side he shoots only the ugliest he can find. They are the young snipes. (Often told of the ape.) *Type 247; Dh II 242ff.; Fb “ugle” III 964a; Wienert FFC LVI 77 (ET 426), 146 (ST 509); Herbert III 39ff.; India: Thompson-Balys.
T681.1. T681.1. Animals ridicule foolish pride of owl in the beauty of his son‘s really hideous feet. Spanish Exempla: Keller.
T682. T682. Hero a posthumous son. *Von Sydow Fåvne 40; Icelandic: *Boberg.
T684. T684. Devil substitutes himself for new-born child. Köhler-Bolte I 148.
T685. T685. Twins. (Cf. T587.) Saintyves “Les Jumeaux, dans l‘ethnographie et la mythologie” Revue anthropologique XXV (1925) 54 – 9; Icelandic: *Boberg.
T685.1. T685.1. Twin adventurers. *Harris Cult of the Heavenly Twins passim; Dickson 98ff.; Italian: Basile Pentamerone I No. 7; India: *Thompson-Balys; New Hebrides: Dixon 132; N. A. Indian: Thompson Tales 320 n. 155, (Quiche): Alexander Lat. Am. 169ff.
T685.2. T685.2. Hostile twins. *Dickson 98ff.; *Krappe Balor 30, 143 n. 33, FL XXXIV 189ff.; Gaster Oldest Stories 168.
T685.3. T685.3. Twins who look exactly alike. India: Thompson-Balys.
T685.4. T685.4. Twins: as twins are reared one born earlier becomes continually weaker, the other stronger. India: Thompson-Balys.
T686. T686. Quadruplet heroes. Haiti: Alexander Lat. Am. 30.
T687. T687. Triplets (as heroes). Icelandic: *Boberg.
T688. T688. Children sleep in village dormitory. India: Thompson-Balys.

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