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World FluteloreFolktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power$
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Dale A. Olsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037887

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037887.001.0001

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Flutes and the Animal Kingdom

Flutes and the Animal Kingdom

(p.72) Chapter 6 Flutes and the Animal Kingdom
World Flutelore

Dale A. Olsen

University of Illinois Press

Animals are recurring motifs in many flute-related stories because flutes are often made from animal bones, flutists are often hunters of animals, animals are often protectors and helpers of flute-playing humans, they are often messengers of the gods, and so on. This chapter presents stories about relationships between human flutists and animals. Many of the flutetales are also about flute-playing animals, which are often anthropomorphized: They talk, live in villages, have wives and children, and sometimes play musical instruments. Some of these types of folktales and myths are examples to which the concept or theory of “indigenous perspectivism” is applied towards the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   flutelore, folktales, flutes, flute playing, indigenous perspectivism, myths, animal bones

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