Northern Khanty

The Por woman and the orphans

A traditional folktale about the adventures of an evil woman and her orphan neighbours.

The evil Por woman lives near the forest with her two children. Her neighbour, the Mos woman, also raises two children. One day, the Por woman kills the Mos woman and eats her flesh with her family. Orphans and scared for their lives, the Mos woman children must run away to the forest.

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