King Midas and his Donkey Ears

Told at an Amnesty International concert, this old tale deals with issues of free speech and censorship (my introductory remarks about that came just before the camera started recording).

Ovid writes of King Midas in Metamorphoses.

A fellow member of the Storytell listserv, Richard Marsh, sent me the following:
In Ireland, it's incorporated into the historical legend of Labraidh Loingsigh (pron. lowry lingshee), which explains the arrival of the Leinstermen, the people of the laigne, a spear with a broadleaf-shaped head, some 2500 years ago. Labraidh lost his temper and kicked a horse, for which a widow cursed him with horse's ears. Only a priest's curse is more powerful than a widow's curse.
Richard provided this link for further information.


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