Russian Folklore: The Bear in Fairy Tales

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What trait of the bear is highlighted in the fairy tale 'Tops and Roots'?

Laziness

In 'Animals in the Pit', the bear is depicted as:

Gullible

Which quality is attributed to the bear in the fairy tale 'The Bear and the Dog'?

Kindness

In 'The Bear with a fake leg', the bear loses a leg due to:

Theft

What symbolism do giant pandas embody according to the text?

Balance and harmony

What did the Tang poet Bai Juyi say about the panda's diet?

It eats copper and iron

Why were pandas initially doubted for use in battle?

Their coloring made them too noticeable

What did Sima Qian write about pandas in relation to Qin Shi Huang?

Pandas helped Qin Shi Huang defeat the Yan Emperor

What were pandas known as in ancient times?

Pixiu

What did the folktale explain about panda's black markings?

They were bestowed by the Tibetan sages for victory in battle

Explore the ambiguous portrayal of the bear in Russian fairy tales, where it embodies traits like laziness, stupidity, and strength. Discover how the bear is depicted differently in various stories, such as 'Tops and Roots' and 'Animals in the Pit'.

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