Fairy-Tale Files, published once weekly, feature three variations of a fairy tale chosen by one of Fairy Tale Review’s Assistant Editors.
In honor of a different sort of Independence Day, check out Eduardo Galeano’s retelling of the Inkarri myth in Genesis, Volume One of his searing, genre-defying Memory of Fire trilogy.
According to the myth, the body of the last Incan ruler is buried throughout Peru—head beneath the Presidential Palace in Lima, arms under the Square of Tears in Cuzco—and will one day rejoin its parts and take back its kingdom.
The Incas used quipus, variously colored threads knotted in diverse ways, not just as a means to record numbers but potentially as a mnemonic device to aid in oral storytelling.
This edition of Fairy-Tale Files is brought to you by Fairy Tale Review Assistant Editor Tommy Mira y Lopez.