Northern Khanty

The Mos woman and the Pos woman

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A folktale focusing on the adventures of the Mos woman and her friend, the Por woman.

After her brother dies, the Mos woman has to fend for herself. She decides to leave her home and go ‘where her eyes look’. She soon befriends the Por woman and continues her journey with her. They journey ends when they meet two men who want to marry them. The Mos woman brings food in abundance to her husband but not the Por woman. So they all work out a plan to get rid of her.

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

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