Caliph Stork

Check out InkGypsy’s post on “Caliph Stork”, one of the fairy tales written by my beloved Wilhelm Hauff: Some gorgeous illustrations here.

What I find quite fascinating is that “Caliph Stork”, written by a early-19th-century German, has made it into genuine Middle Eastern folklore. A clear top-down genesis of a folktale – and one crossing cultural boundaries, at that! Talk about cultural appropriation – but the culture in question re-appropriated it. I wonder how many other times that has happened.