Becoming Animal: Tutelary Animal Spirits

I write about animals in folklore and folktales often — see my posts about horses, chickens, and the role of birds in “Aschenputtel” as examples. I also research animals frequently to learn more about them — their behaviors, their roles in their ecosystems, their physical traits that enable them to survive in various ways. And…

Witches Incognito: Aschenputtel

One thing I’ve begun to notice as I look more closely at fairy tales is that there are many more “witches” in them than previously believed, and that many of the beloved characters that are portrayed as helpless damsels in distress actually employ quite a bit of agency. Quick note: I put the word “witches”…