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Posted By: MorwenEdhelwen1
15-Apr-13 - 06:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Karelian folk song: orphan boy's revenge
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Karelian folk song: orphan boy's revenge
@leeneia: That's fascinating, since Idid find references to a biblical reference in that song. Obviously some themes are common; the idea of stone in bread is ''so'' shocking and dramatic because a loaf of bread was ''extremely valuable'' both in Biblical Palestine and in Russian Karelia, so baking a stone into it was a violation of social norms. Add the fact that the boy is an orphan, and the mistress's wickedness symbolises the possible victimisation faced by the orphan who had to work for their keep.

I think the song may have been intended as a cautionary tale on how not to treat children, especially orphans. Sorry if this post's a bit rambling!