We read them to our children and grandchildren as our parents read them to us. Producers turn them into movies. But where do fairy tales come from. As with many things, settled science is not as certain as we’d like.
The Welhelm Grimm of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales suspected they were much older than the several hundred years age they were given. Some, like Ring Around the Rosy referred to the Black Death and others described England’s politics, but Durham University anthropologist Dr. Jamie Teherani and Sara Garca da Silva from the University of Lisbon used techniques employed by biologists. They studied common links of fairy tales around the world. Some have prehistoric origins.
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