Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths
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Fairy tales, folklore, and myths from around the world, plus the occasional dash of history.
Curated by Pamela D Lloyd
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Tales of Faerie: The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces

Tales of Faerie: The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

" Famous for wearing out rapidly, early silk and brocade shoes from the 18th Century weren’t very long-wearing without protective overshoes. They were straight-lasted (meaning no left or right) and skinny, quite an uncomfortable mix"

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Today, with sturdy shoes that will last a year or more available in stores around the world, the idea of shoes that wear out in a single night sounds magical. To the fathers of past centuries, obligated to purchase dancing shoes for their unwed daughters, it might have seemed more nightmarish. Even the daughters themselves, forced to dance in ill-fitting, thin-soled slippers if they were to dance at all, may have found the idea tortuous.

 

Does this story resonate for you? Do you imagine the girls complicit in their nightly excursions to the dance floor, delighted to keep the secret from the court? Or, does this story sound sinister, with girls dragged unwilling from their beds and magically forced to endure hours of dancing in increasingly painful shoes, all the while prevented from sharing the secret? If you're like me, it's the tension between these two extremes that makes this story, dare I say it, dance.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, October 16, 2015 12:58 AM

Tales of faerie and princesses dancing the night away until the soles of their shoes are worn bare and their the feet must touch the  ground.. from magic to reality. What does it tell us of the magical world of fantasy, imagination and truth of being.

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Rejected Princesses

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Women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for the movies. Updated Wednesdays.
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Thanks, io9, for bringing this site to my attention. Princesses (well, mostly) whose stories are so extreme that Disney is unlikely to ever try, even with rewrite-ala-Little-Mermaid, to turn into movies.

 

Although, there are one or two that might have possibilities. You never know...

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New folklore book includes Fayette County legends - Uniontown Herald Standard

New folklore book includes Fayette County legends - Uniontown Herald Standard | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
New folklore book includes Fayette County legends Uniontown Herald Standard A new book called “Witches of Pennsylvania'' includes the story of Mary “Moll'' Derry (1760-1843) of Georges Township, which the book said “was probably the most well-known...
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Pennsylvania history with a focus on the folklore of witches.

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In Search of Aesop - historical figure or myth?

In Search of Aesop - historical figure or myth? | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Fables substitute animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature rather than humans as characters to teach a moral lesson. Come journey with me in search of Aesop.
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Aesop's stories were very much a part of my childhood. But, was there a single human being behind those stories, or are the stories about Aesop more legend than fact?

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15,000 images of Persian manuscripts online - Asian and African studies blog

15,000 images of Persian manuscripts online - Asian and African studies blog | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Asian and African Studies have just uploaded more than 15,000 images of Persian manuscripts online.
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A beautiful, wonderful, rich resource for historians, writers, students, teachers, artists, and so many more. It's always just thrilling to discover such a wonderful treasure trove.

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Stepmothers as Villains: The Dark Side of Medieval Motherhood

Anglo-Norman writers seem to assign women to one of two extremes within the chronicles: on one side there are women who are presented as visions of perfection.
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Do stepmothers get a bad rap in fairy tales, or are they just evil?

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