Willem de Blécourt
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Journeys to the other world
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This chapter examines the different stories that have contributed to its late nineteenth- and twentieth-century shapes. It focuses on the Princess on the Glass Mountain, the Shepherd in the Service of a Witch, the Ogre's Heart in the Egg and finally the Sky High Tree. During the course of the twentieth century, the shamanistic characteristics of the Sky High Tree were put forward by a number of Hungarian scholars, among them Sándor Solymossy. In the 1980s notions of the enormous age and orality of fairy tales not only resurfaced in certain feminst circles, they were also given a new life by connecting them to shamanism, primarily a male preserve. From the folklore perspective, fairy tales and 'folk belief' were usually separated: 'the properties and functions of the characters in fairy tales and their authenticity do not tally exactly with the characters figuring in folk beliefs'.

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Tales of magic, tales in print

On the genealogy of fairy tales and the Brothers Grimm


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