The Values that Transcend Fairy Tales by Jaclyn Adomeit

Transmundane Press

When I began to look at the way different cultures told fairy tales, I came to the task with a fair amount of bias. I was fully expecting to find that ingenuity was cherished in western tales, and obedience favoured in the east, but that was not the case. Fairy tales from all cultures have many omnipresent themes. It is a lovely reminder that we are not so different.

Cleverness and wit are aspects rewarded in new and old fairy tales from all cultures. The Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel outsmart the witch. Sinbad—of One Thousand and One Nights—escapes an island by strapping meat to his back and commandeering birds to freedom. The Boy Who Had an Eating Match with a Troll is an aptly named Norwegian fairy tale where a boy saves his family’s woodland by staging an eating contest with a troll, cutting a hole in his bowl…

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