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SurLaLune Fairy Tales Blog: Grimm's Fairytale Food by Bee Wilson

SurLaLune Fairy Tales Blog: Grimm's Fairytale Food by Bee Wilson | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

"Heidi Anne Heiner: From Grimm's fairytale food by Bee Wilson: 'Grimm's Fairy Tales, first published in 1812, are about many things: magic and families, wickedness and talking animals. But running through many of them is a brutal obsession with food. The Brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm) collected stories of hunger: what horrors it will drive some people to and how sweet it feels to satisfy it.'"

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Fairy tales, folklore, and myths from around the world, plus the occasional dash of history.
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The Shocking True Stories Behind Your Favorite Classic Fairy Tales

The Shocking True Stories Behind Your Favorite Classic Fairy Tales | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Numerous fairy tales, and the legends behind them, are actually watered-down versions of uncomfortable historical events. These darker stories might be too terrifying for today's little lambkins, as well as some adults!...
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Interesting article on the origin of fairy tales, but whether it is so or not, they still remain Archetypal tales of the human journey to wholeness.

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Two Nerdy History Girls: Friday Video: A Medieval Hedgehog Tale

Two Nerdy History Girls: Friday Video: A Medieval Hedgehog Tale | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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I love the video which retells the medieval interpretation of hedgehog behavior. The hedgehog dolls used in the animation are just wonderful.

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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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Fairytales Come To Life In Magical Photos by Russian Photographer Margarita Kareva

Fairytales Come To Life In Magical Photos by Russian Photographer Margarita Kareva | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Margarita Kareva is a Russian-based photographer which specializes in fantasy art photography. Her dream-like photographs capture pure beauty in a way that few others can. She ads some surreal elements to her shots that make the photographs really stand out, combining Photoshop manipulation with real props.
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Stunningly beautiful images with fairy tale imagery. Worth seeing!

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Tales of Faerie: Gender roles in two Swedish fairy tales

Tales of Faerie: Gender roles in two Swedish fairy tales | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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Here's an interesting take on gender roles in fairy tales, using two Swedish stories, one with a male protagonist and one with a female, as examples. The blog author, Kristin, admits to wariness in response to "feminist readings [of fairy tales] that deem sword weilding (sic) types of bravery, or other stereotypically male actions, as 'better.'"

 

I'll admit that I enjoy fairy tales in which female protagonists take an active role, but I agree with Kristin that we should not equate that only with traditionally male activities. Making choices, especially when those choices are difficult, is the important element.

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Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, by Christina Ruth Johnson, Vintage Fairy Tale Sleuth

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, by Christina Ruth Johnson, Vintage Fairy Tale Sleuth | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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While Wilde’s fairy tales are often a bit too bleak for my tastes (as are many of Hans Christian Andersen's), they are beautifully written and an important element of any fairy tale collector's stash.

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7 Types of Yokai – Japan’s Snow Monsters

7 Types of Yokai – Japan’s Snow Monsters | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
To learn much more about Japanese Ghosts, check out my book Yurei: The Japanese Ghost In the frozen north of the Japan, the snow piles deep and high and brings monsters. Whether riding on the avala...
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Here's a wonderful overview of Japanese snow monsters by translator, writer, and Japanese folklore and ghost scholar Zack Davisson.

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10 Famous Japanese Ghost Stories

10 Famous Japanese Ghost Stories | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Japan is one of the most haunted places on Earth. In Japanese folk belief, Japan as an island is infused with supernatural powers--The very soil of the land is charged with potential, magical energ...

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Japanese Art and Folklore: Mystery of the Tengu and Kyosai - Modern Tokyo Times

Japanese Art and Folklore: Mystery of the Tengu and Kyosai - Modern Tokyo Times | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Japanese Art and Folklore: Mystery of the Tengu and Kyosai
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The yokai represent aspects of the mystery of folklore in Japan and the transformation of Tengu is also fascinating within the changing thought patterns of Japan.
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The Turnip Princess: a newly discovered fairytale

The Turnip Princess: a newly discovered fairytale | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, the historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth collected fairytales in Bavaria, which were locked away in an archive until now … here is one of the newly discovered stories – The Turnip Princess...

Via Heidi Dahlsveen, Галина Косаговская
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I love the turnip magic in this. Such fun!

 

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Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South - WUNC

Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South - WUNC | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South
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For decades, Bill Ferris documented Southern African-American folklore.
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Inspired by the a capella hymns he heard in church as a child, folklorist Bill Ferris, past chair of the National Endowment of the Humanities, made capturing the voices of the American South, and particularly those of African Americans of the South, his lifelong work. This new book and it's accompanying CD and DVD offer an opportunity to explore the rich vocal traditions and stories of this complex region of America.

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World Of Mysteries: The Island of Poveglia (27 pics)

World Of Mysteries: The Island of Poveglia (27 pics) | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. According to legend, during Roman times it was used to isolate thousands of plague victims, and during the three occasions when the Black Death spread through Europe, the island was effectively used as a lazaretto and plague pit – it was considered an efficient way of keeping the infected people separated from the healthy. According to this version, over 160,000 people died on the island throughout its history. Another legend surrounds a building erected in 1922 on the island, which was used for various purposes, including usage as a mental hospital. The legend states that a particular mental health doctor tortured and butchered many of the patients, before going "mad" and jumping to his death from the bell tower. According to that same legend, he survived the fall, but was 'strangled by a mist that came up from the ground'. Its ruins remain to this day.


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Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups

Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The developers of the video game Never Alone hope it can teach people about Native Alaskan folklore and traditions while still being fun to play.
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What a creative way to share traditional culture with today's youth.

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The Princess and the Witch by Kat Howard | Fantasy Magazine

The Princess and the Witch by Kat Howard | Fantasy Magazine | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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"The literary fairy tale . . . has always been part of the literature of subversion, a genre of protest."

 

The subversive aspect of fairy tales, in combination with the universality of the stories, lends itself extremely well to modern retellings and reworkings.

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"Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit" opens at GMHS - News - Georgetown Record - Georgetown, MA

"Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit" opens at GMHS - News - Georgetown Record - Georgetown, MA | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
In this whimsically eccentric “Law and Order” takeoff by playwright Jonathan Rand, each cast member is portraying fairytale characters and
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Paper Cut Light Boxes Illuminate Fantastical Fairy Tale Scenes

Paper Cut Light Boxes Illuminate Fantastical Fairy Tale Scenes | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Hari & Deepti, also known as the artists Harikrishnan Panicker and Deepti Nair, have created a world of monsters, animals, and rounded cartoon-like characters, all that interact together amongst detailed landscapes. Using narrative storytelling as an inspirational theme, the pair transform s ...
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Magical...

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Rejected Princesses

Rejected Princesses | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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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Tales of Faerie: The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy Tale

Tales of Faerie: The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy Tale | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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Just found this wonderful blog about fairy tales, thanks to this post in Enchanted Conversation: http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/2014/05/you-know-you-fairy-tale-blogger-when.html

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The World's First 'Fairy Tales' Architecture Storytelling Competition Announces Winners | Inhabitots

The World's First 'Fairy Tales' Architecture Storytelling Competition Announces Winners | Inhabitots | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Blank Space has launched the world’s first architecture storytelling competition, Fairy Tales with First Prize going to Kevin Wang and Nicholas O’Leary .

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What a creative way to promote architecture! And what a creative response!

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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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The Mermaid of Zennor (8+ yrs) Sunday 26 January, 2014 - Watermans

The Mermaid of Zennor (8+ yrs) Sunday 26 January, 2014 - Watermans | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Ticketsolve is ticketing in your hands, with complete control over your ticketing operations, both online and at your box office.
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I love the idea of this show at the Irish National Leprechaun Museum, but was disappointed that the announcement not only failed to mention any of the names of the females being celebrated, but did so while mentioning the name of three well-known male heros.

 

For an overview of women in Irish myth, check out the following page: 

 

http://yesss.perso.neuf.fr/Celts/Women/women.htm

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Grandma, what a long history you have! The origins of “Little Red Riding Hood”

Grandma, what a long history you have! The origins of “Little Red Riding Hood” | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
New research suggests the famous children's story can be traced back to the 11th century
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What we knew of Little Red Riding Hood's long history, and of the impact this story has had on today's culture, has been documented by a number of scholars. This new work of scholarship, showing that there was so much more to know, demonstrates the importance and relevance of studying fairy tales, their origins, and their distribution around the world.

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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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Transparency, Agency, and Building a Community of Writers

Transparency, Agency, and Building a Community of Writers | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
If only I could articulate to my students exactly what drives my actions as a teacher. Every time I try, I feel like I'm making an awkward soap-box type speech in which we are too serious and all e...
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This young writing teacher's struggles to balance the needs of her students as writers with the academic expectations of college reflect those of teachers everywhere. But, writers, especially those who are struggling, need an environment in which they feel free to create. Finding the balance between student needs and academia can be difficult.

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