Apr 212014
 
Away With The Fairies

From woodland glades to rocky hills, Fairies come in many sizes and types. The Spriggans, Pixies, Piskies, Sidhe (pronounced “shee”), Good Folk and Fae suffer a welter of differing reports. Some say they are not to be trusted, others that they never lie. Some are tall others tiny. Some bestow great riches and others steal

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Men of Mother’s and of Mine: Redeeming the Inner Masculine in a Finnish Folktale

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Feb 112013
 
Men of Mother’s and of Mine: Redeeming the Inner Masculine in a Finnish Folktale

Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who had nine sons, but no daughters… This interpretation of the wonderful Finnish folktale The Girl Who Sought Her Nine Brothers is based on the copyrighted version found in Tales from a Finnish Tupa, by James Cloyd Bowman and Margery Bianco, first published in 1936 and now published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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Onyx and Opal Boil the Sea by Kevin Tseng

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Feb 102013
 
Onyx and Opal Boil the Sea by Kevin Tseng

Kevin Austin Tseng used to weigh 220 pounds in the 6th grade. This may sound crazy, but he lost that weight because of a fairy tale, one his father told to him at night. Now, he believes that fairy tales can change lives.

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The Old King and the Claws

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Feb 102013
 
The Old King and the Claws

You don’t need to be a fairy tale aficionado to note that Anna Wahlenburg has a gift for capturing the human spirit through fantasy. The introduction for “Linda-Gold and the Old King,” is a story in its own right. It came to my mind again recently as I pondered a question posed by one of my good friends from summer camp.

“What is the value of fantasy?”

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The Fairy Tale: A Type of Transformation

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Sep 112012
 
The Fairy Tale: A Type of Transformation

In our original introduction to this website we said, Cabinet des Fées does not seek to define the fairy tale, but only to share and promote the tale type in all of its various manifestations. While we still do not intend to define the tale type, we’d like to add to the general discussion yet another view on the fairy tale as a type of story and speculate about why that type has retained its power since its birth as a literary form.

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Jun 072012
 
Why We Need Fairy Tales

No matter what language you speak, all of us can remember those words that begin fantastical adventures. Most of us, too, can remember the fuzzy feeling that settled over us like fairy dust by the time the story ended. Perhaps that is reason enough why fairy tales are important, because they make us happy.

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Planting a Magical Garden

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May 302012
 
Planting a Magical Garden

I walked through arbors, between stalls selling pots and seeds, looking at the displays. They were beautiful, but I could never imagine having a garden so elaborate, so perfectly designed. And then, I saw a display that was different from the others. At the back of the display space was a small cottage, and growing all around it were herbs and medicinal plants, the sorts of plants you would find in medieval herbals…

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Germany’s Märchen Straße – An Introduction to the German Fairy Tale Road

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May 302012
 
Germany's Märchen Straße – An Introduction to the German Fairy Tale Road

by Amanda White Germany is the home to rolling hills, winding rivers, and forests so densely wooded they’ve been termed black — in all, the perfect setting for fairy tales to be woven into folklore. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm knew their homeland was ripe for the picking, as if each story was an apple just

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Kate Crackernuts: The Hen-Wife and her Cauldron of Wisdom

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Jul 122011
 
Kate Crackernuts: The Hen-Wife and her Cauldron of Wisdom

Kate Crackernuts: The Hen-Wife and her Cauldron of Wisdom by Colleen Szabo This tale is a wisdom tale featuring the old symbol of creativity and wisdom, the nut. We still use the term “nut” to denote the head, one location commonly assigned for wisdom; in fact, nuts are sort of like brains in a skull

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Shamanic Initiations: A hidden Theme within the Fairy Tale of Hansel and Gretel

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Jul 052011
 
Shamanic Initiations:  A hidden Theme within the Fairy Tale of Hansel and Gretel

Shamanic Initiations: A hidden Theme within the Fairy Tale of Hansel and Gretel by Franco Bejarano The fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” was first recorded by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 around the southwestern corner of Germany. The tale features a brother and sister who, while lost in the forest, encounter a cannibalistic witch. At

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East Meets West: Yei Theodora Ozaki’s Japanese Fairy Tales

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May 292011
 
East Meets West: Yei Theodora Ozaki’s Japanese Fairy Tales

Even after over a century since its first publication, the stories remain well-told and the collection varied. With something there for everyone, I found many motifs and themes that touched me on a personal level. But I also became interested in the author — herself born of a Japanese father and an English mother — and in her reasons for retelling these stories. So in this article I intend to examine both the stories and the author, looking both at what they have to offer a 21st-century reader and how they reflect the original social context and aims of Yei Theodora Ozaki.

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Spinning a Tale

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May 292011
 
Spinning a Tale

Spinning a Tale by Lory Widmer Hess When Rumplestiltskin offers to spin straw into gold for the miller’s daughter, he reveals himself as an initiate of one of the oldest arts of humankind. Spinning has been practiced at least since the dawn of civilization, one of the first ways in which human beings learned to

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