Special Thanks to my Personal Faery Friend for the Button Art: Ye Olde Faery Shoppe
This week's selection for Fairy Tale Fridays took us to Latin America and in particular, Colombia with The Mother of the Jungle. I discovered this adorable book with some amazing illustrations at the library . . . Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales by Rueben Martinez. The beauty of this book is that it is actually bi-lingual . . . English on one page and Spanish on the other. I am far from fluent, but I still completely appreciate this book! As for the weekly selection . . .
I would first like to share the background on this story as written by Martinez . . .
"Also known as the Madremonte, the Patasola, and the Marimonda, this mythic woman originated in Colombia, though her fame spread to other countries, including Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. The Madreselva reminds us of the importance of taking care of Nature, and of learning to live in harmony with her."As you can guess from this brief history combined with the title, this is a story of the jungle. A woodsman is cutting down the jungle to earn income and put simply, Mother Nature takes care of that problem in a flash! As the last line states . . .
"He knew at once what had happened: the Mother of the Jungle had come to defend the jungle from those who threatened it."Oddly, when I selected this story, I randomly chose the tale mainly based on the artwork. I had no idea of the theme behind it and how much it actually pertains today when in relation to what is currently going on with the oil spill in the gulf. Seeing the multitude of pictures and hearing from those I know who are experiencing this sadness first-hand, I truly wish that Madremonte had appeared to protect this nature. We sure could have used her this time around! Either way, I believe that many lessons can be learned from this story, particularly surrounding our environment. It is a very, very relevant one for our generation!
I truly enjoyed visiting a Latin American tale this week and I am strongly considering featuring another one in the near future. Because I was unable to find the full text of The Mother of the Jungle online, I am curious if other participants read this tale or another Latin American tale.
What tale did you feature this week for Fairy Tale Fridays? What are your thoughts on this cultural perspective?
**SPECIAL NOTE: I have linked those stories that I can find above either in writing or as a video of the reading via YouTube. The generic link via the country's tales will take you to a listing of additional tales or possible replacements. Enjoy!