Ms. Donna Vitasovich

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New Zealand
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I have joined the network as I am not currently connected to an organisation but have a need to trace some material in the Russian and Serbo-Croatian that is of great value to the refinement and critique of my project as well as to welcome interest in the project.


Acknowledged missing articles needed to refine the project.
a) Plotnikova, A. (1996) Bean and Pea in symbolism of birth and death, Journal of Slavic Folkloristics and Ethno-Linguistics, 1. 
b) Radenkovich, L. (1996) Plants in the world model, Journal of Slavic Folkloristics and Ethno-Linguistics, 1. 
c) A [preferably] translated work of Radoslav Katicic's work that is widely cited in both Slavic, German and English languages, and almost taken as common knowledge nowadays, regarding Jarilo's role in folklore.
d) 1898-1900 Kohler, Reinhold, Kleinere Schriften, Edited by Johannes Bolte. 3 vols. Weimar: E. Felber.  Particularly the Kohler-Bolte discussion of Misere's tale.  I'm not sure which vol it is in it is cited as page 103 in Filipino Popular tales.
I have received help with locating an article about:
A printed and early version and history if possible, preferably in English, of the Lithuanian tale (most recently making a popular resurgence due to being recast into a theatrical play) named "An old man and an old woman" or sometimes named, "An old man, an old woman and a bean." One version received an award by 'who's who in Lithuania listed Daiva Čepauskaitė, the Play's title is Pupos (beans).


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In draft hypothesis and refinement

-Semantic and semiotic based hypothesis on the most likely origin of Jack and the Beanstalk as slavic and oral legend not fairy tale.


This study utilises contemporary criticism of applying the Aarne Thompson system to oral lore in order to refine the approach to the oral lore tale of Jack and the Beanstalk and define the meanings and contexts of the oral lore tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. In doing so, likely cultures of origin are examined in terms of their fit with the semantics of the cultural symbolism
and the characters' oppositional relationships. The tale is re-read in the context of the findings as a tale describing Viking plundering interactions and settlement. Striking correspondences between the settlement and origins of viking warriors from Slavic regions are found to co-exist in symbolism and are confirmed by genetic trace. Thus far, the research determines that the pre Kievan Rus Baltic-Slavic period is the most likely time of origin and the most likely geographic area of origin of the tale is the modern Lithuanian region.

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