By Christopher Zoukis Buried in the St. Matthaus Kirchhof Cemetery in Schoneberg, Berlin, next to each other, beneath two plain granite pillars which stand approximately three and a half feet tall, bracketed by tall oak and pine trees, with shrubs like skirts in front, and a row of ostentatious markers behind, lay the Brothers Grimm:  […]

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How To Find A Princess

By Christopher Zoukis Hans Christian Andersen wrote a fairy tale which he called The Princess and the Pea, or Prinsessen pa Aerten.  The story is simple:  once upon a time there was a rich and handsome prince, who needed to find a wife.  Being a true blueblood, he refused to marry anyone but a true […]

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Benjamin Bunny

By Christopher Zoukis Hasenmatz will fliegen is the title of the story in Germany, where it was first published.  It was written and illustrated by Rolf Fanger and Ulrike Moltgen.  In English the title is Benjamin Bunny Learns to Fly. It’s a story for children.  Benjamin Bunny decides he would like to fly like his […]

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Sons of God – Part 2

By Christopher Zoukis Image courtesy One prominent tale of the Blue Men goes thus: “A fishing trawl passed through the strait on its way home after a day of heavy fishing.  A light fog stood upon the carpet of a gray sea.  Lookouts were posted.  One of them spotted something floating on the suface […]

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Sons of God – Part 1

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No one is really sure where this fairy tale originated.  Some scholars say that the story of the Blue Men came from Morocco, through the Berber traders as they sailed north to do business with the Scottish islanders.  The faces of the Berbers were glossy blue in color.  A color caused by the pigment they used to dye their leather merchandise.  When business went bad, the Berbers became pirates, sailing the strait looking for ships to plunder.  These pirate attacks were called “mad pleasure.”

According to legend, not only do the Blue Men have blue skin, but long gray faces with beards, and green hair.  Their eyes are small, their noses are flat like the back of an axe, and their mouths are wide.  They have long arms and fish-tails instead of legs, which means they are mermen.  As large as a normal land-bound man, their strength is prodigious. 

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