Beautiful #buddhist#fairytale by Elizabeth Coatsworth about a holy #cat owned by a struggling #artist making a picture of the death of the #Buddha with all animals and people visiting him, including a miraculous cat that magically appears by his side at the end of the story showing the Buddha's love for all beings, including those who are traditionally marginalised
"By its very nature the study of folklore requires an international breadth of vision. The materials of folklore transcend all barriers of language and culture, traversing continents and spanning oceans in vast leaps and drifting across borders in easy stages. “Cinderella” has circled the globe. The “Shanghai gesture,” popular among American school boys as a thumb and finger wiggle of derision, roamed all over Europe in the past four centuries. One extended family of water goblins unites the Japanese kappa with the Scottish kelpie. In ballad and legend, romance and epos, the same protean hero performs the same sequence of marvelous exploits. Proverbs and riddles glide from one tongue to another to settle comfortably in a new idiom. Yet in seeming paradox folklore studies have developed most energetically along national lines. Folklore has served national interests of various sorts: the anxious pride of the small country seeking its cultural identity; the hubris of the racist state, glorying in the solidarity of the Herrenvolk; the aspirations of an emergent nation, hoping to crystallize its myths; the ideology of the socialist state,extolling the creative powers of the anonymous masses. The same impulses that have led to the self-study of national history and national literature have urged the pursuit of national folklore. Today the well—equipped political state possesses its accredited historical records, it's approved literary masterpieces, and its classified folklore archives."
- Richard M. Dorson
Richard M. Dorson (1916-1981) (in the picture) was the Distinguished Professor of History and Folklore and Director of the Folklore Institute at Indiana University. Also known as the 'father of American Folklore', he was a remarkable and energetic scholar who, at the time of his death, was the dominant force in the study of folklore.
Heading into this week reflecting on my first wedding show of the year yesterday.
That show had to be one of the busiest I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending.
I met so many lovely couples and their families planning their magical day with many questions being asked about your stationery.
These shows are always so special as it’s a chance to catch up with all my dear wedding supplier friends and have the opportunity to make new ones.
A very big thank you to Jules @ Martin from @art_of_weddings for all their dedicated hard work to enable such a show to be born.
I look forward to meeting you and providing my bespoke service to design your dream stationery.
This little guy doesn't want to get out of bed - which is a feeling we can all empathise with on a Monday morning 😴. Start your half term off right by booking to see #PrinceCharming, our heartwarming show for 5-11s about facing up to your fears and worries. (📷: @elliekurttzphoto )