Abstract

This paper contains an example of three folktales of the Greek Sefardim. They are moralistic and didactic and serve a double purpose: to teach and to entertain. The first story shows the complex relationship between fate, destiny, and free-will. The hero of the story, through his own efforts and by the performance of a good deed, is able to change his negative destiny for the better. The second story is one of friendship and co-operation between a Jewish and Christian woman. They join forces and, through cleverness and trickery, are once again able to change a negative destiny into something more positive. The third story teaches the importance of gratitude to God for all the pleasures that humans enjoy in life. The stories are translated from Judeo-Spanish into English. An example of the original Judeo-Spanish is included for one of the stories.

Additional Information

ISSN
1534-5165
Print ISSN
0882-8539
Pages
pp. 15-24
Launched on MUSE
2001-07-01
Open Access
No
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