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Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales

729: The Axe Falls into the Stream

      700-749 Other Tales of the Supernatural

            300-749 TALES OF MAGIC

The water-spirit exhibits a golden axe, but the honest man admits that it does not belong to him [Q3.1]. Another man deliberately throws his axe into the water and claims the golden one as his. He gets neither.


Aesop / George Fyler Townsend 1867 Greece English Mercury and the Workmen

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