Fairy Tales

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Is it called Fairy tales because it is a story about fairies or are they called fairy tales because the story is as unlikely as seeing a fairy?

I never could figure that one out.  Fairy tales are not often about fairies themselves but they usually are a story that is hard to believe with your logical mind.

Technically a fairy tale is said to derive from the European tradition of folklore.  It included the creatures of the magical kingdom such as fairies, gnomes, ghouls, mermaids, witches and warlocks, giants and other creatures.

But you will usually hear the “fairy tale” to mean that the story is so out of the world unbelievable but pleasant enough or sometimes in the case of “fairy tale wedding” it will describe something as picture perfect.

But fairies in general are interesting creatures.  When I was very young, I use to talk to them and play around in their small world.  I had a handful of miniature toys that I played with and even had a language that I spoke to them in.

They would come to visit shortly after I awoke and I would recreate a world for them in the folds of my blanket.

I haven’t played with them in a very long time and according to legend they probably just would play tricks on me.  I was no longer that child innocence.

But I still admire the fairies, at least what I know of them and wondered why there aren’t more stories about them.

In Afrikan fairy tales, everyone in general is pretty steeped in their magical powers.  There is no separation from their spiritual life to their mundane life so the stories I’ve read focus on the relationship they have with the majestic animal kingdom.

The lesson is hidden within the context of the story which is what fairy tales are for in this day and age.  It is to educate children about the spiritual and magical world all around them.

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