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ERIC Number: EJ912702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Dancing with the Devil and Other Stories My Mother Told Me
Madrid, E. Michael
Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators, p15-20 2009
"Dancing with the Devil and Other Stories My Mother Told Me" is an analysis of the history and growth of a popular folktale genre that developed during the 15th century in Mexico and has persisted over time throughout the Southwest. The oral tradition and the telling of folktales are means by which the cultural traditions of people of Mexican descent are maintained and fostered in informal as well as formal educational settings. The study is characterized by an examination of the cultural, religious, political, and historical characteristics of the indigenous, Spanish, and Mexican cultures that nurtured and promulgated the creation of this unique folktale motif. Furthermore, the various story types--etiological, the abandoned baby, devil as caballero or gentleman, and the-devil-at-a-dance--are carefully analyzed in terms of characterization, plot, setting, religious significance, and didactic function.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico