Wednesday, March 18, 2009

1400 to 1499. "Ali Baba..." "Sinbad." "Magic Carpet."

“Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” Ali Baba, a woodcutter. sees a band of robbers enter a secret cave by saying, “Open Sesame.” He becomes rich. The robbers try to catch Ali Baba by hiding in jars. They are outwitted by his female slave Morgiana who kills them by pouring boiling oil into the jars where they are hiding. Ali Baba’s brother tries to enter the cave, but forgets the magic words. He is locked inside. He says, “Open Wheat,” etc. He is caught and killed.

“The Seven Voyages of Sinbad.” First Voyage: Island turns out to be a whale; fire wakes up the whale who dives under.

Second Voyage: Desert island. Valley of diamonds. Merchants use meat to stick to diamonds. Eagles swoop down and pick up the meat. The merchants scare the eagles who drop the meat. Sinbad escapes the same way, on a piece of meat carried away by an eagle.

Third Voyage: Encounter with Cyclops.

Fourth Voyage: Marries. Burned with her corpse. Loots the graves of diamonds belonging to the dead and returns home wealthy.

Fifth Voyage: Rocs [large birds] sink ship with huge stones. On desert island, Sinbad throws stones at monkeys who throw coconuts in return. Encounters and kills the Old Man of the Sea, a seemingly harmless man who climbs onto Sinbad’s shoulder and will not climb off.

Sixth Voyage: Visits the island of Serendip (Sri Lanka). Climbs to the top of the mountain where Adam was placed after being expelled from Paradise.

Seventh Voyage: Corsairs sell him into slavery. He shoots elephants and discovers a hill covered with tusks. He is set free.

“Magic Carpet.” King Solomon’s magic carpet. Green silk. Throne and all types of forces placed on it. A canopy of birds screened it from the sun. Traveled.

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