(10/28/03 7:08 pm)
how old are fairy tales/folktales?|
though i know there's no actual date, any ideas about how long the genre has existed? prehistoric times? ancient times? plato? perrault? grimm?
(please don't say "once upon a time....)
and i'm not talking specifically about written fairy tales, i mean "folktales" in the oral tradition, which of course started earlier than the written ones, but any info. would sure be helpful.
(10/28/03 10:38 pm)
Hopefully, this won't be as useless as "once upon a time..." Basically, for as long as there's been some form of written language, there have been *versions* of fairy tales (one useful resource for you to check out would be Graham Anderson's _Fairy Tales in the Ancient World_). It would be easier if you were looking for a specific tale ...
(10/29/03 10:29 am)
origins of the tale|
hi, I am working on Scottish tales and I think that the root of the tale lies in the early myths. the ancient gods became tales' heroes when christianism came and replaced pagan belief. For instance, there are many tales dealing with the Irish hero Finn MacCumhail, or Ossian,...
(10/29/03 9:39 pm)
once upon the dawn of time...|
How old is verbal communication? I believe that fairy tales/folktales have been with us since we got here. There is certainly evidence for it in the earliest recorded history- and it is present, I believe, in all currently known cultures. The question I would ask is what is the difference between folktales and myth in ancient culture?
Historians and scholars must draw the line somewhere, but where?
(11/4/03 2:52 pm)
Re: once upon the dawn of time...|
grey area there. Some may divide the two by saying that myths have
an ontological setup with the world of gods being separate but interacting
with the world of the story, whilst in fairytales they appear in
the same space. Perhaps myth started off as folk narratives. Read
some of Marie Louise von Franz's stuff. She explains it much better