Karakalpak Folk Tales
The Old Woman Who Wore a Skull Around Her Neck
A long, long time ago, there lived a young man. He had no relatives, except his sister. He married off his sister to a young man who lived in a far away city. For a long time, there was no news of his sister and he began to miss his sister. He decided to go and visit his sister, so he mounted his young horse, put his sword in scabbard and set out for the city in which his sister lived.
The young man went through many dangerous places, travelled day and night until one day he came across an endless desert. He found a path through the desert. As he was following the path around a big sand dune, he saw a wolf trotting by his side. The young man thought that as it was only one wolf, it might not dare to attack him. However, when he had traveled some distance, the wolf started to snarl at him and throw sand at his horse. Unexpectedly, the wolf howled and a large pack of wolves appeared along both sides of the path. They would not let the young man continue on his way, growling and threatening him....