Polish Legends - Recreating Stories


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Polish Legends - Recreating Stories

  1. 1. Polish Legends, Folklore, <br />Myths and Stories<br />
  2. 2. Poland like every other nation has its own traditions, <br />and an integral part of these traditions are countless myths and legends.<br />
  3. 3. These stories constitute an important aspect of national heritage.<br />The legends initially oral, then written stories have been handed down from generation to generation. <br />
  4. 4. Many of these legends have been around for a thousand years or more.<br />Somelegends, myths and stories recount the meaning behind Poland's national symbol and flag.<br />
  5. 5. They tellabout several of its early rulers and aboutthefirst king, and the dragon of Krakow.<br />Many of the legends take place in actual places that one could visit today. <br />
  6. 6. Poland like much of Europe has many legends and myths<br />and like legends and folktales the world over none really knows whether these stories may or may not have some truth in them. <br />
  7. 7. The Legend of the Wawel Dragon<br />
  8. 8. This legend is one of the most popular polishlegends. <br />
  9. 9. Thereare many versions of the legend. <br />
  10. 10. A popular version of the Wawel-dragon tale takes place in Cracow<br />during the reign of King Krak, the city's legendary founder.<br />
  11. 11. Acting place:<br />a settlement on the River Vistula, under the Wawel Hill where the polish monarchs had his residence<br />
  12. 12. Acting time:<br />early Middle Ages, the beginning of the Polish statehood<br />
  13. 13. Characters:<br />King Krak- the legendary founder of Cracow, his daughter Wanda, a poor shoemaker called Skuba, knights, the inhabitants of the settlement<br />
  14. 14. The main plot:<br />Once upon a time a cruel beast- a dragon settled in a deep, dark cave under the Wawel Hill. <br />
  15. 15. It became a serious disaster for the poor village people,<br />who sacrificed their living belongings to save their lives.<br />
  16. 16. But it became more and more dangerous as the dragon started to kill and to wolf pure people down.<br />
  17. 17. The inhabitants of the settlement were very scared and they asked their monarch<br />to solve the problem, which wasn’t easy because it involved many human beings.<br />
  18. 18. The king himself and his best knights tried <br />several times to exterminate the monster, but there was no result.<br />
  19. 19. One day a poor shoemaker called Skuba appeared at the royal court. <br />He promised the king to kill the dragon using not force but a trick.<br />
  20. 20. He stuffed a lamb with sulphur and set it outside the dragon's cave. <br />The dragon ate it and soon became incredibly thirsty.<br />
  21. 21. He turned to the Vistula River for <br />relief and drank and drank. <br />
  22. 22. But no amount of water could quench his aching stomach,<br />and after swelling up from drinking half the Vistula river, he exploded.<br />
  23. 23. Skuba married the King's daughter as promised, and they lived happily ever after.<br />
  24. 24. Dragon insculpture and culture<br />Youcanstillvisitsomeplacesconnectedwiththe legend.<br />
  25. 25. Wawel-dragon sculpture inCracowby BronisławChromy<br />
  26. 26. Dragon’s den inCracow<br />
  27. 27. WawelDragons (Gold, Silver, Bronze Grand Prix Dragons and Dragon of Dragons Special Prize) <br />are awards, usually presented at Cracow Film Festival in Poland<br />
  28. 28. Useyourimagination<br />to recreatethe story usingyourculturalbackground. <br />
  29. 29. Thepresentationhasbeenprepared by<br />Ryszard Sołtysik<br />Zespół Szkół w Humniskach<br />