2 Folk Tales from Edith Durham’s “High Albania”

The tale of the tortoise’s magic leaf, Medical science from the mountains, and the tale of the ugly sister are some of my favorite folklore from Edith Durham’s “High Albania”

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Why You Should Read “High Albania” by Edith Durham

In 1908, the people of northern Albania, specifically those who resided in the mountains, lived much as they had since antiquity. Foreign empires came and went but seldom did the conquerors possess the effort or the incentive to conquer the “wild tribes” of the north. In this way, Northern Albania had come to be seen by those of Western Europe as “the Land of the Living Past.”

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