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Сказание за произхода на самодивите
Story about the origin of samodiva

Author(s): Anisava Miltenova
Subject(s): Middle Ages, Bulgarian Literature
Published by: Фондация "Българско историческо наследство"
Keywords: Miscellanies with mixed content; Alexander Romance; the series of stories about evil women

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses new data on the narrative about the daughter of Alexander named Panora who with a trick takes the living water, drinks it, and turns into a wood-nimph. All Old Church Slavonic copies are described, compared together and an origin of the narrative is tried to be reconstructed. The author has taken into account a Pseudo-Callisthenes version of Alexander Romance, which based on the Alexander legends of the Middle Ages. The episode about ‘dried fishes’ in “post β” tradition (γ и λ) is short, but individual motifs have a parallel with the Slavonic text: Alexander’s daughter drinks the living water and turns into a mermaid (νεραΐδα). The time of the origin of the Slavonic version is possibly not earlier of the en

  • Issue Year: 7/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 141-151
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian