Well, gang, it's late at night, I can't sleep, and you know what that means!
(Been awhile, hasn't it? Honestly, there are so few that I find that are completely mind-blowingly freakish. I fear we've set the bar too high. I mean, you never see otters with multiple heads in most of these. Still, we'll do our best.)
This is an Italian fairy tale, of the "brothers turned into birds" variety. Most of these involve the sister not speaking for years and years, and frequently there's magic shirts. There was a lovely book called Daughter of the Forest based on this story, and there's a bunch of fairy tales based on it. (I may include a few choice bits at the end from some of the others.)
This one has none of these elements, and is just sort of bizarre.
As always, I owe mad props to the Folktales & Legends collections at Pitt for these stories.
So, without further ado...
The Seven Doves( Collapse )