Jesus-patterns in Folktales

Subtitle
“How Would He Not Be Faithful in Heart, When I am His Saviour!” (II)
Contributor

Folklorists remain indebted to this day for exploring the possible occurrences of Jesus-patterns in folktales: this is a gap that I aim to fill in this study. The storytellers of the Carpathian Basin were fond of creating parallels between the life and deeds of the fairy-tale hero and Jesus. The narration of the miraculous birth, the divine origin, the hidden childhood, the healing activity, the crucifixion, the underworld passage, and the resurrection as parabolic narratives are presented in plentiful variants. The similarities and differences show that in peasant communities Jesus was imagined as an ordinary man, a teacher, and a helper of the poor. The image of Jesus in the tale narratives sheds light on the mindset and vernacular language of local religious communities.

Bibliographic reference

Bálint Péter: Jesus-patterns in Folktales. “How Would He Not Be Faithful in Heart, When I am His Saviour!” (II). In: Református Szemle 115.4 (2022), 306--331