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Cinderella: Three Hundred and Forty-five Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap O' Rushes, abstracted and tabulated by Marian Roalfe Cox

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345 Variants
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Roalfe Cox

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Theal, Geo. McCall, Kaffir Folk-lore (2nd ed). London, 1886. Pp. 169-71.


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Ill-treated hero (by father's wives)-- Hero flight on ox-- Ox fights and overcomes bull -- Ear cornucopia-- -- Ox killed by dun cattle. Hero breaks off horns as food-supply-- Enters house in village and gives owner food from horns. Owner of house steals magic horns, substituting others. Hero starts off next morning; discovers trick, and returns to recover magic horns, which will not serve thief-- Hero turned away from another house, because ragged-- Magic clothes from horns-- Hero stays in house, where is beautiful daughter; horns provide for house hold-- Happy marriage-- Hero and bride visit father-- Magic residence from horns.


(1) Hero's mother being dead, he is ill-treated by his other mothers.-- (2) He determines to leave home, and rides off on an ox given to him by his father. They come to herd of cattle with a bull. Boy dismounts; ox fights and overcomes bull. Boy rides on again.-- (3) Feeling hungry, he strikes right horn of ox, and food comes out. Having eaten, he strikes left horn, and the remaining food goes in again. Boy sees a herd of dun-coloured cattle. Ox says, "I will fight and die there. Break off my horns and take them with you. When hungry, speak to them, and they will supply food."-- (4) The ox is killed, and hero takes the horns and walks on to village where people are cooking the weed tyutu, having nothing else for food. Hero enters a house, speaks to born, and gets food enough for himself and owner of house. Having eaten, they fall asleep.-- (5) Owner of house hides magic horns, substituting others. Hero starts off next morning, but when he speaks to horns no food comes, he returns to house, hears owner speaking to magic horns, but getting nothing from them. He takes them from thief and journeys on to another house, where he may not enter because ragged and travel-stained.-- (6) He comes to a river, and sits down on the bank. He speaks to horns, and a new mantle and handsome ornaments come forth.-- (7) Dressed in these, he is received at a house whose owner has a beautiful daughter; he stays there, his horns providing food and clothing for them all.-- (8) After a time he marries daughter; takes her home, and is welcomed by his father.-- (9) He speaks to horns, and gets a fine house in which to live with his wife.

Cox, Marian Roalfe. Cinderella: Three Hundred and Forty-five Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap O' Rushes, abstracted and tabulated. London: David Nutt for the Folklore Society, 1893.

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