Northern Khanty

Kuropatka and the old man

In this short tale, an old man lives with his blind wife in a filthy house. One day he is visited by the demon Kuropatka. Kuropatka promises to clean the house if the old man kills his wife. But Kuropatka does not keep his promise.

Recording: This story was recorded in Katravozh in 1990 by Irina Nikolaeva.

Note: The text was published in Nikolaeva (1999).

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