Brazilian Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Fables
Read Brazilian fairy tales collected from authors Elsie Spicer Eells and Andrew Lang. Jump to full list of Brazilian tales.
About: Brazilian folklore are the artifacts of a culture that have been passed down from elders to the young, with stories retold countless times. The stories include myths, legends and folk tales from Brazil. Brazilian folk tales represent the people, places and beliefs of the culture, and are a patchwork of things including deities, spirits, and more. People of Brazil include indigenous people, Portuguese, and other settlers. When these stories were passed down, Brazil’s population was diverse, with the traditions of Africa, South America, Portugal, and other areas from which individuals might have traveled. This “melting pot” atmosphere contributed to many of Brazil’s traditions, including folklore. Reading these Brazilian folklore stories, you’ll see that many of them are origin stories, explaining how the night was formed or how an animal got their coloring.
Elsie Spicer Eells was a popular American writer, who traveled to several countries collecting folklore and stories for children, which she then published. Her collections of Brazilian folklore include Fairy Tales from Brazil and Tales of Giants from Brazil. Andrew Lang, a Scottish poet, and lover of fairy stories collected tales from around the world, including Brazil, and published them in his Rainbow Fairy Books.
You can listen to audiobooks of Brazilian fairy tales and folktales from Elsie Spicer Eells and Andrew Lang, plus hundreds of other stories from around the world on the Fairytalez Audio App audiobook. Download it now for Google Play and Apple devices.
- How the Rabbit Lost His Tail
- How the Toad Got His Bruises
- How the Tiger Got His Stripes
- How the Speckled Hen Got Her Speckles
- How the Monkey Became a Trickster
- How the Monkey and the Goat Earned Their Reputations
- How the Monkey Got a Drink When He Was Thirsty
- How the Monkey Got Food When He Was Hungry
- How Black Became White
- How the Pigeon Became a Tame Bird
- How the Brazilian Beetles Got Their Gorgeous Coats
- How the Giantess Guimara Became Small
- How Night Came
- Why the Lamb is Meek
- Why the Tiger and the Stag Fear Each Other
- Why the Bananas Belong to the Monkey
- How the Monkey Escaped Being Eaten
- Why the Monkey Still Has a Tail
- Why the Sea Moans
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