Resource: Dan Ashliman's Folktexts

In 2000, Dan Ashliman retired from his job at the University of Pittsburgh, but luckily for all of us his website remains online: Folktexts: A Library of Folktales, Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Mythology. If you are interested in comparing different versions of the "same" story from different countries, this is the website for you!

The index pages - there are two of them, Index A-M and Index N-Z - are very helpful because for each item at the site, you can see a quick listing of the different versions available. For example, here is the entry on Animal Brides:

Click on the link and it takes you to a page which contains the full text of all the stories, along with specific bibliographical information at the bottom of each story.

The "type numbers" that Ashliman lists are the Aarne Thompson Tale-Type, which you can read about in this background material at the Myth-Folklore class.