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Motif List

Letter

Motif No.

Motif group name

No.

A. Mythological Motifs

A0 – A99

Creator

1

A. Mythological Motifs

A100 – A199

The gods in general

2

A. Mythological Motifs

A200 – A299

Gods of the upper world

3

A. Mythological Motifs

A300 – A399

Gods of the underworld

4

A. Mythological Motifs

A400 – A499

Gods of the earth

5

A. Mythological Motifs

A500 – A599

Demigods and culture heroes

6

A. Mythological Motifs

A600 – A649

Creation of the universe

7

A. Mythological Motifs

A650 – A699

Nature of the universe

8

A. Mythological Motifs

A700 – A709

The heavens

9

A. Mythological Motifs

A740 – A759

The moon

10

A. Mythological Motifs

A760 – A799

The stars and the heavenly lights

11

A. Mythological Motifs

A800 – A899

The earth

12

A. Mythological Motifs

A900 – A999

Topographical features of the earth

13

A. Mythological Motifs

A1000 – A1099

World calamities and renewals

14

A. Mythological Motifs

A1100 – A1199

Establishment of natural order

15

A. Mythological Motifs

A1200 – A1299

Creation of man

16

A. Mythological Motifs

A1300 – A1399

Ordering of human life

17

A. Mythological Motifs

A1400 – A1499

Acquisition of culture

18

A. Mythological Motifs

A1500 – A1599

Origin of customs

19

A. Mythological Motifs

A1600 – A1699

Distribution and differentiation of peoples

20

A. Mythological Motifs

A1700 – A1799

Creation of animal life – general

21

A. Mythological Motifs

A1800 – A1899

Creation of mammals

22

A. Mythological Motifs

A1900 – A1999

Creation of birds

23

A. Mythological Motifs

A2000 – A2099

Creation of insects

24

A. Mythological Motifs

A2100 – A2199

Creation of fish and other animals

25

A. Mythological Motifs

A2200 – A2299

Various causes of animal characteristics

26

A. Mythological Motifs

A2300 – A2399

Causes of animal characteristics: body

27

A. Mythological Motifs

A2400 – A2499

Causes of animal characteristics: appearance and habits

28

A. Mythological Motifs

A2500 – A2599

Animal characteristics – miscellaneous

29

A. Mythological Motifs

A2600 – A2699

Origin of trees and plants

30

A. Mythological Motifs

A2700 – A2799

Origin of plant characteristics

31

A. Mythological Motifs

A2800 – A2899

Miscellaneous explanations

32

B. Animals

B0 – B99

Mythical animals

33

B. Animals

B100 – B199

Magic animals

34

B. Animals

B200 – B299

Animals with human traits

35

B. Animals

B400 – B499

Kinds of helpful animals

36

B. Animals

B500 – B599

Services of helpful animals

37

B. Animals

B600 – B699

Marriage of person to animal

38

B. Animals

B700 – B799

Fanciful traits of animals

39

B. Animals

B800 – B899

Miscellaneous animal motifs

40

C. Tabu

C0 – C99

Tabu connected with supernatural beings

41

C. Tabu

C100 – C199

Sex Tabu

42

C. Tabu

C200 – C299

Eating and drinking tabus

43

C. Tabu

C300 – C399

Looking tabu

44

C. Tabu

C500 – C549

Tabu: touching

45

C. Tabu

C550 – C599

Class tabu

46

C. Tabu

C600 – C649

Unique Prohibitions and Compulsions. The One Forbidden Thing

47

C. Tabu

C650 – C699

Unique Prohibitions and Compulsions. The One Compulsory Thing

48

C. Tabu

C700 – C829

Miscellaneous Tabus

49

C. Tabu

C830 – C899

Unclassified Tabus

50

C. Tabu

C900 – C999

Punishment for breaking tabu

51

D. Magic

D0 – D99

Transformation (general)

52

D. Magic

D100 – D199

Transformation: man to animal

53

D. Magic

D200 – D299

Transformation: man to object

54

D. Magic

D400 – D499

Other forms of transformation

55

D. Magic

D500 – D599

Means of transformation

56

D. Magic

D600 – D699

Miscellaneous transformation incidents

57

D. Magic

D800 – D899

Ownership of magic objects

58

D. Magic

D900 – D1299

Kinds of magic objects

59

D. Magic

D1300 – D1399

Function of magic objects

60

D. Magic

D1400 – D1439

Magic object gives power over other persons

61

D. Magic

D1440 – D1499

Magic object gives power over animals

62

D. Magic

D1500 – D1549

Magic object controls disease

63

D. Magic

D1550 – D1599

Magic object miraculously opens and closes

64

D. Magic

D1600 – D1649

Automatic magic objects

65

D. Magic

D1650 – D1699

Other characteristics of magic objects

66

D. Magic

D1700 – D1799

Possession and means of employment of magic power

67

D. Magic

D1800 – D1949

Lasting magic qualities

68

D. Magic

D1950 – D2049

Temporary magic characteristics

69

D. Magic

D2050 – D2099

Destructive magic powers

70

D. Magic

D2100 – D2149

Other manifestations of magic power

71

D. Magic

D2150 – D2199

Miscellaneous magical manifestations

72

E. The Dead

E0 – E199

Resuscitation

73

E. The Dead

E200 – E299

Malevolent return from the dead

74

E. The Dead

E300 – E399

Friendly return from the dead

75

E. The Dead

E400 – E599

Ghosts and revenants – miscellaneous

76

E. The Dead

E600 – E699

Reincarnation

77

E. The Dead

E700 – E799

The soul

78

F. Marvels

F0 – F199

Other world journeys

79

F. Marvels

F400 – F499

Spirits and demons

80

F. Marvels

F600 – F699

Persons with extraordinary powers

81

F. Marvels

F700 – F799

Extraordinary places and things

82

F. Marvels

F800 – F899

Extraordinary rocks and stones

83

F. Marvels

F900 – F1099

Extraordinary occurrences

84

G. Ogres

G0 – G99

Cannibals and cannibalism

85

G. Ogres

G200 – G299

Witches

86

G. Ogres

G300 – G302

Other ogres

87

G. Ogres

G303.1 – G302.25

Other ogres: devil

88

G. Ogres

G304– G399

Other ogres

89

G. Ogres

G500 – G599

Ogre defeated

90

G. Ogres

G600 – G699

Other ogre motifs

91

H. Tests

H0 – H199

Identity tests: Recognition

92

H. Tests

H200 – H299

Tests of truth

93

H. Tests

H300 – H499

Marriage tests

94

H. Tests

H500 – H899

Tests of cleverness

95

H. Tests

H900 – H1199

Tests of prowess: tasks

96

H. Tests

H1000 – H1199

Nature of tasks

97

H. Tests

H1200 – H1399

Tests of prowess: quests

98

H. Tests

H1400 – H1599

Other Tests

99

J. The wise and the foolish

J0 – J199

Acquisition and possession of wisdom (knowledge)

100

J. The wise and the foolish

J200 – J499

Choices

101

J. The wise and the foolish

J500 – J599

Prudence and discretion

102

J. The wise and the foolish

J600 – J799

Forethought

103

J. The wise and the foolish

J800 – J899

Adaptability

104

J. The wise and the foolish

J900 – J999

Humility

105

J. The wise and the foolish

J1000 – J1099

Other aspects of wisdom

106

J. The wise and the foolish

J1100 – J1249

Clever persons and acts

107

J. The wise and the foolish

J1250 – J1499

Clever verbal retorts (repartee)

108

J. The wise and the foolish

J1500 – J1649

Clever practical retorts

109

J. The wise and the foolish

J1700 – J1749

Fools (general)

110

J. The wise and the foolish

J1750 – J1849

Absurd misunderstandings

111

J. The wise and the foolish

J1850–J1999

Absurd disregard of facts

112

J. The wise and the foolish

J2050 – J2199

Absurd short-sightedness

113

J. The wise and the foolish

J2260 – J2299

Absurd scientific theories

114

J. The wise and the foolish

J2400 – J2449

Foolish imitation

115

K. Deceptions

K300 – K499

Thefts and cheats

116

K. Deceptions

K500 – K699

Escape by deception

117

K. Deceptions

K700 – K799

Capture by deception

118

K. Deceptions

K800 – K999

Killing or maiming by deception

119

K. Deceptions

K1300 – K1399

Seduction or deceptive marriage

120

K. Deceptions

K1600 – K1699

Deceiver falls into own trap

121

K. Deceptions

K1800 – K1899

Deception by disguise or illusion

122

K. Deceptions

K1900 – K1999

Impostures

123

K. Deceptions

K2000 – K2099

Hypocrites

124

K. Deceptions

K2100 – K2199

False accusations

125

K. Deceptions

K2200 – K2299

Villains and traitors

126

K. Deceptions

K2300 – K2399

Other deceptions

127

L. Reversal of fortune

L0 – L99

Victorious youngest child

128

L. Reversal of fortune

L100 – L199

Unpromising hero (heroine)

129

L. Reversal of fortune

L200 – L299

Modesty brings reward

130

L. Reversal of fortune

L300 – L399

Triumph of the weak

131

L. Reversal of fortune

L400 – L499

Pride brought low

132

M. Ordaining the future

M0 – M99

Judgments and decrees

133

M. Ordaining the future

M100 – M199

Vows and oaths

134

M. Ordaining the future

M200 – M299

Bargains and promises

135

M. Ordaining the future

M300 – M399

Prophecies

136

M. Ordaining the future

M400 – M499

Curses

137

N. Chance and fate

N0 – N99

Wagers and gambling

138

N. Chance and fate

N100 – N299

The ways of luck and fate

139

N. Chance and fate

N300 – N399

Unlucky accidents

140

N. Chance and fate

N400 – N499

Lucky accidents

141

N. Chance and fate

N500 – N599

Treasure trove

142

N. Chance and fate

N600 – N699

Other lucky accidents

143

N. Chance and fate

N700 – N799

Accidental encounters

144

N. Chance and fate

N800 – N899

Helpers

145

P. Society

P0 – P99

Royalty and nobility

146

P. Society

P100 – P199

Other social orders

147

P. Society

P200 – P299

The family

148

P. Society

P300 – P399

Other social relationships

149

P. Society

P400 – P499

Trades and professions

150

P. Society

P500 – P599

Government

151

P. Society

P600 – P699

Customs

152

P. Society

P700 – P799

Society – miscellaneous motifs

153

Q. Rewards and punishments

Q0 – Q99

Deeds rewarded

154

Q. Rewards and punishments

Q100 – Q199

Nature of rewards

155

Q. Rewards and punishments

Q200 – Q399

Deeds punished

156

Q. Rewards and punishments

Q400 – Q599

Kinds of punishment

157

R. Captive and fugitives

R0 – R99

Captivity

158

R. Captive and fugitives

R100 – R199

Rescues

159

R. Captive and fugitives

R200 – R299

Escapes and pursuits

160

R. Captive and fugitives

R300 – R399

Refuges and recapture

161

S. Unnatural cruelty

S0 – S99

Cruel relatives

162

S. Unnatural cruelty

S100 – S199

Revolting murders or mutilations

163

S. Unnatural cruelty

S200 – S299

Cruel sacrifices

164

S. Unnatural cruelty

S300 – S399

Abandoned or murdered children

165

S. Unnatural cruelty

S400 – S499

Cruel persecutions

166

T. Sex

T0 – T99

Love

167

T. Sex

T100 – T199

Marriage

168

T. Sex

T200 – T299

Married life

169

T. Sex

T300 – T399

Chastity and celibacy

170

T. Sex

T400 – T499

Illicit sexual relations

171

T. Sex

T500 – T599

Conception and birth

172

T. Sex

T600 – T699

Care of children

173

U. The nature of life

U0 – U99

Life's inequalities

174

U. The nature of life

U100 – U299

The nature of life – miscellaneous motifs

175

V. Religion

V0 – V99

Religious services

176

V. Religion

V100 – V199

Religious edifices and objects

177

V. Religion

V200 – V299

Sacred persons

178

V. Religion

V300 – V399

Religious beliefs

179

V. Religion

V400 – V449

Religious virtues

180

V. Religion

V450 – V499

Religious orders

181

V. Religion

V500 – V599

Religious motifs – miscellaneous

182

W. Traits of character

W0 – W99

Favorable traits of character

183

W. Traits of character

W100 – W199

Unfavorable traits of character

184

Z. Miscellaneous groups of motifs

Z20 – Z59

Cumulative tales

185

Z. Miscellaneous groups of motifs

Z60 –Z99

Other formulistic motifs

186

Z. Miscellaneous groups of motifs

Z100 – Z199

Symbolism

187

Z. Miscellaneous groups of motifs

Z200 – Z299

Heroes

188

Z. Miscellaneous groups of motifs

Z300 – Z399

Unique exceptions

189