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Prince Who Meets a Girl Wearing a Wreath

I was riding through the forest one day when I heard strange birds singing. I had never heard such tiny, sweet songs. Who could possibly be making that shower of sound? I came close to the place, tied my horse to a tree, and followed the sound to a girl who was...

Kind Sister

I have learned that no matter what world you find yourself in, whether you are on earth or in the underworld, you must be kind. Not for your own sake, but for the sake of other creatures. Oh, I do not think for a moment that one creature is lower than another! A cow...

Mother of a Great Son

My child, my wonderful child! How could have he have come from me? He was not like the other children. He grew quickly into a tall, strong boy who spoke like a grown man. He did not speak often. Usually, he was silent. One day I asked him, “My child, by what...

Kindly Old Robber Woman

You won’t believe me when I tell you this, but here’s how I got free of them robbers. Two men came to the door lookin’ for food, an’ I said, I says: “You can’t come in here, there’s robbers living here and they’ll be...

Spinning Maiden with a Golden Thread

I glanced up from my spinning and I saw the prince sitting on his horse, looking at me through the window. The setting sun blazed on his face, and when he turned away, I was glowing. The room had become so warm! I went to the window and opened it. I watched him ride...