Every nation in the world has its own folklore heritage — legends, myths, fairy-tales. In such stories the wisdom of every nation is collected and embodied, although some of the nations have similar tales, especially those who are neighbours. Legend and myths employ elements of supernatural origin: magic, gods, wonderful creatures. Tales are stories that are suppoped to teach the coming generations by depicting various situations and various types of behaviour demonstrated by the heroes.
This short piece of prose tells us about the Alraun — a plant which is unpleasant to look at and that has mythological feauture — it grows beneath the feet of a hanged thief — if he is a truly born thief.