what to wear when…in an afghan fairy tale.
examples: الماعز الخزف (the porcelain goat), العذراء خرافية في اليقطين (the fairy virgin in a pumpkin), النمر والمارد (the leopard and the jinn)
afghan verse is rampant with double entendre, be the topic political, psychological, or sexual…afghan fairy tales tend to perpetuate, not protest, the existing order…[the afghan fairy tale tradition] reflects an attitude [of aggression as a virtue and warfare as an important social function]. however, each group always wins. neighboring groups often tell the same stories about an identical tribal war with only the ending slightly modified; the group of the folkteller always wins…[in afghan fairy tales,] sociological fatherhood becomes more important than biological…themes found in [afghan fairy tales include] unrequited romantic love; respect for age; filial piety; acceptance of parental authority; the joys of having children; riches and happiness can be attained only if allah permits. major themes [in afghan fairy tales] are مېلمستیا (being a genial host; giving lavish parties), حسن الضيافة (hospitality to guests), ننواتی (the right of asylum and the obligatory acceptance of a truce offer), بادل (blood revenge), توره (bravery), شهامة (chivalry), إصرار (persistence), صمود (steadfastness), استقامة (righteousness), احترام (defense of property and honor), ناموس (defense of the honor of women)…the [archetypal ideal hero in afghan fairy tales is the] warrior-poet. brave in battle, he will also be articulate in the جرګه, able to speak on any subject, evoking poetic imagery and illusion on specific points. afghan village and nomadic society has little room for dissidence. the fairy tales emphasize this. some tales describe what happens when a coward returns home: his mother disowns him. it is almost always the mother who rejects the coward - again emphasizing the importance of women in the society.
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