Following Folktales Around the World

This blog series is my version of A year of reading the world: I aim to read a collection of folktales, myths, legends, or other traditional stories from every single country. I blog about each book and the stories in them, listing some of the best tales, as well as connections across cultures. You can find all posts listed on this page, or under this tag. You can also follow the weekly updates on the project's Facebook page here!

Read the introduction post to this project here.

The posts below are organized by continent. The list gets updated as posts are published every Monday.


Angola -

Benin - Dawn to dusk

Botswana - 

Burkina Faso - Brains over brawn

Burundi - 

Cameroon - 

Cape Verde - Tricksters and oceans

Central African Republic - 

Comoros -

Democratic Republic of Congo - 

Djibouti - 

Equatorial Guinea - 

Eritrea - 

Eswatini (Swaziland) - 

Ethiopia - 

Gabon - 

Ghana - Anansiland

Guinea-Bissau - Classics and morals

Kenya - 

Lesotho -

Madagascar -

Malawi -

Mauritania - Saints and lessons

Mauritius -

Mozambique - 

Namibia -

Nigeria -

Republic of Congo -

Rwanda -

Sao Tome and Principe - 

Seychelles -

Somalia -

South Africa -

South Sudan -

Sudan - Bedtime lions

Tanzania -

Uganda - 

Zambia -

Zimbabwe -

Australia and Oceania

Marshall Islands - Sailing from story to story

Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia) - Whale vs Octopus, and other creature features

Vanuatu - War and Peace and Puffer Fish

Central America and the Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda - Six little pigs and a lion

Jamaica - Anancy meck it

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - King Rufus gambles with the Devil


Andorra - Land of witches

Armenia - 

Azerbaijan - 

Bosnia and Herzegovina - The Hodja in the refugee camp

Cyprus - 

Czech Republic - A legend on every corner

Georgia -

Macedonia - God and taxes

Netherlands - Diversity in the Netherlands

Northern Ireland - Land of legends

Republic of Ireland - Tales of endless adventures

Romania - Flowers and gemstones

Russia -

Switzerland - Alpine wonderland

Turkey -

North America

South America

Argentina - Armadillos rule

Bolivia - Myths, flowers, and an army of chinchillas

Brazil - The richness of the rainforests

Chile - Fairy tales, Chilean style

Colombia - Gods and emeralds

Ecuador - Tricksters and fairy tales

Guyana - Of women and jaguars

Paraguay - Period is power

Peru - Talking mountains, hidden treasures

Suriname - Enter Anansi!

Uruguay - Scattered stories

Venezuela - Sea above, world below

1 comment:

  1. Hi Zalka, you are amazing. To be able to read 3000 tales is a task in itself :) You inspire me to get back to storytelling!