|E431.17||Criminals buried at crossroads to prevent walking. (Cf. †E434.4.) Wales: Baughman.||E400 - 599 : Ghosts And Revenants--Miscellaneous.|
|A2473.1.1||Why dogs leave droppings at crossroads. India: Thompson-Balys.||A2400 - 2499 : Causes Of Animal Characteristics: Appearance And Habits.|
|D2161.4.3||Cure by passing through earth at crossroads. Kittredge Witchcraft 31, 386 n. 66.||D2150 - 2199 : Miscellaneous Magical Manifestations.|
|N772||Parting at crossroads to go on adventures. *Type 303; *Ranke FFC CXIV (motif †B2); India: Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Graham.||N700 - 799 : Accidental Encounters.|
|E501.12.3||Wild hunt appears at crossroads. Schweda 13; Plischke 61.||E400 - 599 : Ghosts And Revenants--Miscellaneous.|
|D935.0.1||Magic earth from crossroads. (Cf. †D1786.) Seligmann 151.||D900 - 1299 : Kinds Of Magic Objects.|
|E431.16.3||Suicide buried at crossroads. (Cf. †E434.4.) England: Baughman.||E400 - 599 : Ghosts And Revenants--Miscellaneous.|
|E501.17.3||Wild hunt powerless at crossroads. Schweda 32; Plischke 32, 37; RTP XX 163.||E400 - 599 : Ghosts And Revenants--Miscellaneous.|
|G273.5||Witches powerless at crossroads. Fb ”korsvej“ II 277.||G200 - 299 : Witches.|
|E434.4||Ghosts cannot pass crossroads. (Cf. †E431.16, †E431.17.) Fb “korsvej” II 277a.||E400 - 599 : Ghosts And Revenants--Miscellaneous.|
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This website is a search engine of almost 50,000 patterns within stories world over called "Motifs" and several projects fueled by this search engine.
The work comes from a folklorist named Stith Thompson who spent his life reading and cataloging these stories which he published as the Motif Index of Folklore and Literature. You can read more about his work here: Wikipedia page for Stith Thompson
While we have Mr. Thompson's motifs, we have yet to track down all of the stories he read, which is our ultimate goal. We then will provide the stories for all to read, explore and see the connections and commonalities between these stories which we hope to further understandings between cultures and deeper into ourselves.
Of course, since there are a current total of 46,248 motifs, we've estimated there to be as many as 151,822,000 stories referenced. We're working to collect all of them now and to create a way to cross link the ones in the public domain for all of you to read. If you'd like to help, please let us know via the contact tab shown above.
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