Multilingual Folk Tale Database

Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales

670: The Language of Animals

      650-699 Supernatural Power or Knowledge

            300-749 TALES OF MAGIC

A man learns animal languages. His wife wants to discover his secret. The advice of the cock. Cf. Types 517, 671. I. The Gift of the Snake. A man receives from a grateful snake the power of understanding animal languages. He is not to reveal this…


670A: The Woman Who Understood Animal Languages

I. The Ring and the Corpse. A newly married bride hears jackals, etc., talking and learns that a corpse floating in the river has on its finger a valuable ring [N547]. She pulls the corpse from the river and removes the ring. (a) In order to remove…


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