The fox wife

A folktale about a man whose beautiful new bride turns out to be a fox. For his lover to become a human forever, the man must accomplish three different dares on three different days. A Russian-only version of this text is published in Arsen’ev (1995: 137).

Recording: All Udihe videos were recorded by Maria Tolskaya, some with participation of Elena Perekhvalskaya, in 2006 in the village Krasnyy Yar and in 2011 in the village Agzu.

Image credit: Gennadii Pavlishin.