What really tells the story "A Thousand and One Nights"
What do you know about the tales of Thousand and One Nights? This is not a rhetorical question, because most of the content with a well-known stereotype: it is well-known Arabian tale about the beautiful Scheherazade, which has become a hostage to cruel king Shahryar, who every night would start a new wife, and in the morning cut off her head. Eloquent girl, so vividly tell stories, befuddle the king and thus bought their freedom.
And of course, among its stories were tales of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, and other brave men of courage, but it turned out that all this is nonsense.
Before we tales reached after centuries of censorship and translation, from the original so there is little left. In fact, the heroes of fairy tales of Scheherazade have been so nice, kind and morally stable as Disney cartoon characters. Therefore, if you want to keep the good memories of favorite childhood characters, immediately stop reading. And the rest - welcome to the world of which you may not even know existed.
The first documented information that describes the story of Scheherazade as the well-known work, refer to the pen of the historian of the tenth century al-Masudi. Later the collection was being repeatedly rewritten and modified to suit the lifetime and language translator, but the backbone remained the same, so come down to us, if not the original story, it is very close to the original.
It begins, oddly enough, not with the tears of the young beauty, gathered to bid farewell to life, and with the two brothers, each of which is to govern their country. After twenty years of separate board of the elder brother, who was called Shahryar, invited in their possession Jr. - Shahzemana. He agreed without thinking twice, but as soon as he left the capital, as "the thought of one thing," forgotten them in the city. On his return, he found his wife in the arms of the Negro slave.
Angry king slew both, and then with a clear conscience went to his brother. Visiting it was sad that his wife is no longer alive, and he stopped eating. The elder brother, though tried to cheer him up, but to no avail. Then Shahriyar offered to go on the hunt, but Shahzeman refused, continuing to sink into depression. That's the way, sitting at the window and indulge in melancholy, unhappy king saw his wife missing brother arranged a fountain group sex slaves. I cheered the king at once and thought, "Wow, my brother something more serious problems will be."
Shahryar returned from hunting, catching his brother with a smile on his face. Long did not have to try to find out, he immediately told everything frankly. The reaction was unusual. Rather than act as a younger brother, elder offered to go on a trip and see: a change if other husbands to wives?
They had no luck, and delayed journey: they could not be found unfaithful wives until they came upon an oasis, lying on the beach. From the sea depths came a gin with a chest under his arm. From the trunk, he pulled a woman (real) and said: "I want to sleep on you", and so it went to sleep. This woman saw hidden in the palm of the kings, ordered them to go down and take her right there on the sand. Otherwise she would have awakened the genie and he would have killed them.
Kings agreed and granted her wish. After the act of love, a woman asked rings at each of them. Those given, and she added another jewel to the five hundred and seventy, which had been stored in her casket. To the brothers do not languish in conjectures, seductress explained that all ring once belonged to the men who had mastered it secret from gin. The brothers looked at each other and said, "Wow, this gin problems are more serious are than us" - and returned to their countries. After that Shahriyar beheaded his wife and to all who participated in orgies, and he decided to take on one girl per night.
In our time, this story may sound sexist, but it is much more like a script for a porno movie. Think about it: whatever you do heroes, where they go to, they have a look at the act of intercourse, or to participate in it. Similar scenes are repeated again and again throughout the book. Why, the younger sister of Scheherazade personally watched the wedding night of his relatives: "The king then sent for Dunyazadoy, and she went to her sister, hugged her and sat on the floor beside the bed. Then Shahriyar mastered Scheherazade, and then they began to talk. "
Another distinctive feature of the tales of the Arabian Nights is that their characters act completely unreasonably and often the events themselves look ridiculous to the extreme. This is how, for example, begins the tale of the first night. Once the merchant went to some country to recover debts. He was hot, and he sat down under a tree to eat dates with bread. "Eating dates, he threw a bone - and suddenly sees before him an Ifrit tall, and in his hand a drawn sword. Ifrit approached the merchant and told him: "Get up, I'll kill you, you killed my son" - "How I killed your son" - said the merchant. And Ifrit said: "When you eat dates and tossed a bone, she got into my son's chest, and he died at the same moment." " Just think: the merchant killed gin bone from a date. If only the enemies of Disney's Aladdin knew this secret weapon.
In our folk tales, too many absurdities like: "The mouse ran, tail waved, the pot fell, broken eggs," but there just does not meet these crazy characters as the story of the night in the fifth. He tells the story of King Al-Sinbad, who for many years coached the Falcon, so that helped him in the hunt. One day the king and his entourage caught the gazelle, and then pulled the devil say, "Anyone gazelle jumped over whose head will be killed." Gazelle, of course, jumped over the king's head. Then the subjects began to whisper: do what it promised to kill the owner of each, through whose head will jump the gazelle, and he still has not killed himself. Rather than make a promise, the king chased gazelle, killed her, and hung the carcass on the rump of his horse. If you are going to relax after a chase, the king came to the source of life-giving water dripping from the tree. Three times he gained the cup three times overturned her falcon. Then the king was angry and cut off the wings of a falcon, and the beak pointed upward, where the branches of the tree sat baby echidna, emit poison. What is the moral of the story is uncertain, but the person who tells it in his book, saying that it is a parable of envy.
Of course, it is foolish to claim the book, which at least 11 centuries, slender dramatic line. That is why the purpose of the above persiflyazha was not rude to make fun of her, and show that it can be an excellent reading material for the night, which is exactly laugh any modern human. Tales of the Arabian Nights - this time a product which, after passing through the centuries, unwittingly turned into a comedy, and there's nothing wrong.
Despite the fame of this historical monument, its adaptations of incredibly small, and those that exist are usually shown the famous Aladdin or Sinbad the Sailor. However, the most striking was the film version of fairy tales French film of the same name. It not recount all the subjects of the book and is supplied vivid and absurd story that is worthy of the movies "Monty Python" and thus corresponds to the spirit of the crazy tales.
For example, Shahriyar in the film - it is the king who dreams at the same time to grow roses, write poetry and go on tour in a traveling circus. Vizier - old pervert, so concerned distraction the king, that he lies in bed with his wife, that he realized how flighty woman. A Scheherazade - extravagant girl offering to everyone you meet to close up the child to her. She, by the way, plays a young and beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones, who more than once for the entire tape appears naked before the audience. We have listed at least four reasons why this film is worth a look. Surely after that you want to read more "Book of a Thousand and One Nights."