Those who regularly dip into this blog will know that I began crimsonprose as a way to familiarise myself with WordPress and generally to make the best of the facilities available. I’ve also learned its limitations. My intention then was to publish as a blogged book Feast Fables Trilogy, the fantasy fiction I wrote while recovering from a viral wipeout. I didn’t expect to be ready so soon – which says, despite my initial frustrations, that WordPress is in fact easy to learn.
But, what are feast fables? Apart from a fantasy fiction trilogy.
Feast fables are not stories. We all know that the Easter Bunny lays easter eggs, but there is no original story to relate it. We know associate Halloween with ghosts and witches, but despite folklore abounds with locally told tales, there is no specific story in the way that the nativity tells the Christian myth. Likewise, we say many things about Father Christmas: his reindeer, his sleigh, his presents to good boys and girls, his elfan helpers. What is believed to be his story – that of the charitable Saint Nicholas – is in fact a later accretion of, quote, ‘colourful legends and untrustworthy biographies’.
These are feast fables: the tellings of our feast-days. The word fable comes from Latin fa-ri, to speak, to tell. Many of the myths that have survived to this day originated as simple feast tellings. But they’ve been expanded upon and turned into tales.
And that is what I have done to create the Feast Fables Trilogy. But first I had to find those feast sayings. My sources were the recorded myths, folklore, legends and superstitions from every region of the world, although Eurasian sources weigh the heavier simply because more were recorded at an earlier age. Two websites, Sacred Texts and piereligion, have been very useful, though the bulk of research has came from the books that fill my shelves.
So, enough talk. Here it is! Feast Fables.