Damsels Overcome

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Understand folktales to discover the hidden feminine narrative covered by male-dominated norms.

These tales are adapted, modified, revision, elaborated, embellished, fractured, fabricated, embroidered, changed, altered, and enhanced. In many of the tales, the narrator is a female point of view, her narrative. Included in this collects are able animal stories because that character is a metaphor of human nature. In past histories, our ancestors related to animals as teachers.


Beware of the spiders! Who tells the story, what voice is used, and why telling the story. Folktales, fables, legends, fairy tales, and mythology shape what we believe about ourselves. These attitudes live in stories, question the premise. Folk stories have no copyright and must change with the new social norms for both males and females.


This collection of folktales is about damsels in distress with the ability to overcome helplessness. They are survivors, courageous, talented, and intelligent because wise damsels did what they needed to exist within the male norms of the time.

#1 – Oak and the Reeds is an Aesop fable use in this selection to show as humans: women, females, maidens, matrons, and crones reconcile and modify their powers to exist by bending in the winds by in traditional male norm and standards of the time.

#2 – The Naga Princess is saved by BoSinh from boys wanting to kill her in this Vietnamese tale. Later, the Princess saved BoSinh, from threatening nagas. After conversations with BoSinh, the sister earned a great reward.

#3 – A selfless, serving Rabbit in this Japanese folktale, Rabbit in Moon, knows her friends Monkey and Fox fear of a human beggar wanting foods. In a flash, Rabbit saves her friends.

#4 – A spider maiden saved by a male farmer in Japan showed her gratitude giving her gift of weaving. As Spider Weaver secretly wove, he peeked to see to her magic, of course, she was up for tragedy.

#5 – A Heaven Maiden saved by a male youth in the Javanese folktale, The Rice Goddess married him. What else can she do? Then he peeked into her magic pot and caused her to work day and night. She discovered his lies.

#6 – A maiden may seem a damsel, never expect this helpless accurate, the maiden in Anderson’s folktale Elisa and the Eleven Swans quietly through high odds continued her weaving to save her brothers.

#7 – ‘Following her man’ in the Welsh Legend, I call Lady Enid’s Narrative, Enid cleverly admired Geraint a ‘Knight in Shining Armor.’ He demanded she rides with him and put her at risk.

#8 – Little Red Riding Hood arrived at grandma’s house to be eaten by a wolf, not in my enhanced, modified version called Innocent Red. The wolves, the innocent maiden, and old granny evolved. With a bag of tricks, Innocent Red helped herself live to become anold granny.

#9 – A sturdy, beautiful maiden in ancient Japan, Tatsuko, the Rainbow Dragon, helped her poor mother. Tatsuko longed for wealth and eternal life. After praying to Goddess Benton, Tatsuko received her wish.

#10 – One old wise, gentle grandma in Sparrow’s Gifts, in Japan had no greed and loved the sparrows. In the Shinto beliefs of Kami, the younger sister with greed and lied had a lesson to learned.

#11 – Fighting her King father about the salt, Ursula ran away. In the European tale Ursula, the Kitchen Princess became a famed chef across the lands. Again, she served her father the staff of life.

#12 – Rejected by her brother, Julnar of the Sea, is a pivotal story in the 1001 Arabian Nights. Sold to a Sultan, Julnar used silence seduction to secure her respect. Julnar gains prosperity and a son and honor for her family.

#13 – The flight of a bird is the power to see the earth from high. The Irish folktale, Wren, the RULER of Birds, is a flying contest to pick the qualified Ruler. The winner is not the biggest with the most powerful wings. The Ruler is one of wit.

#14 – In my original stories, Sylvia Saves the DAY, a gardener loves Myra, the sun, who gave nourishment and warmth. When Myra fell from the winter sky into a woodpile, Sylvia, with the help of her friend, Curren, the wind, saved her.

#15 – My favorite story of getting a project done is the Little Red Hen. An old English folktale “I Will Do This Myself! ” filled with firm determination. A hen completed an overwhelming task.

#16 – A horrid worm demanded young maidens to devour. In this, an ancient Chinese tale is a true warrior, Li Chi, the Worm Slayer. With her bravery and the help of a dog, she saved herself and the village maidens.

#17 – Built over raging waters in a steep gorge, The Bridge entices the hungry Gruffs. Desiring the rich grasses, the goats climb the bridge built by a troll ready to eat them. Survivors with hoofs and horns, the troll does not know whom he extorts.

#18 – A legend from the Hindi of Indian is a goddess, Durga, Who Saved the Gods. A mere woman drove the Buffalo Demon back into the underworld where he belonged. Durga comes when we ask.

#19 – Cultural dragons have mix and mingle with humans. In this Greek folktale Thoas and the Dragon, the boy saves the baby dragon, and later the grown dragon saves Thoas a man.

#20 – A farmer in Farmer’s Fest invited animals from the forest into his barn to use them for his services. A rooster did the inviting; Raven, a female, gave the warnings. Each invited animal decided if wanting to live on the farm inside a fence or be free.

#21 – As a child, I wondered about turtle’s slowness and the house carried. In The Hare and Turtle, turtle by her consistent slow determination wins a race from the over-confident male challenger.

#22 – I wanted to be an artist, a storyteller, and now a writer. After years of pushing to succeed, I realized the maiden, the servant, the princess, the helpless, the abandoned, the hag, the crone, ‘had come of age,’ Damsels Overcome. I gained empowerment in the damsels’ folktales. I have power, abilities, opportunities to meet people, travel places, and success. I became a writer, artist, storyteller, also daughter, sister, niece, cousin, wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother: a mere woman, female, lady, matron, feminist, and now the old crone.

I challenged my nemesis, the traditional male-dominated social norms that suppress femininity as helpless, evil, hysterical, the server, the weaker sex. I gain balance between the male and female. Both build, sustain or subdue norms in our society today.

Enjoy my collection of stories about damsels in folklore. The compelling womenfolk survived. Recognize the achievements of the damsels, who surpasses predicaments in the traditional male narrative. I share these stories to inspired and empower both males and females. We are part of each other.


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