Zabdala, an extraordinary snake

This epic tale narrates the adventures of a snake and his human family. When an old man goes fishing in the river one day, he is attacked by a snake who forces him to take him as a son. Some time later, the snakes asks the old man to find him a wife. He marries a young girl and they have a son. When her jealous sisters kill her snake husband, the young girl goes with her son on a quest to find him and bring him back to life.

Recording: 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.

Note: There are several published versions of this tale: Simonov et al. (1998, text 24), Nikolaeva et al. (2002, text 13), Nikolaeva et al. (2003, text 12), and Kazama (2004: 298).

Illustration: Gennadii Pavlishin