Reading Notes: Santal, Part A

The Monkey and the Girl was the most interesting to me, as it kinda had a story line along that of Romeo in Juliet (Not quite, but reminded me a bit of it – the way the parents didn’t approve). Though, to me the story is strange because it’s a girl that’s of some sort in love with a monkey. I’d really like to retell this story with the same lines, but instead of a monkey (cuz that’s just weird) make it with another human being. Or, better yet, I could make the plot a “best friend” scenario. The girl loves the monkey, but nothing more than best friends. I want to tell it from her perspective to intensify the feelings and betrayal that her parents exhibited. This is also a very short, to the point tale, so I’d have to add quite a bit of information to make it more interesting. I could provide more information about the characters. I think it’s definitely magical if she can look up in the sky, throw sand that she collected in the fold of her cloth, throw it in the air, and blind them all for a bit. How would that blind them in real life? Fairy tales are great! I may introduce something such as pepper spray, or maybe tons of sand. Who knows, but something besides a tiny amount found in her cloth.

The Ghormuhas struck my attention right from the first sentence. These creatures eat human beings, only have one leg shaped like men’s, arms like men, with heads like horses. I don’t know about you, but to me I was automatically drawn in by those creative details. What an interesting story plot to bring alive the existence of such creatures. Somai outsmarted these creatures, and lived tell about it, so tell about it he did! I don’t immediately think of any story I could write for this, but I do like the point of the story and the structure. I was questioning if Somai was going to actually make it, or if he was going to be struck by the creatures as well. What gruesome creatures that eat their own family, sick! The author went into detail on how they’re all cooked as well, making a sickening feeling when the thought of them doing this to Somai hit. I love the creativity of this story though!



Folklore of the Santal Parganas, by Cecil Henry Bompas. An online version of this can be accessed here.

Image 1: Found in the reading, Santal, this week and can be accessed here.

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