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« Reply #1080 on: June 28, 2016, 11:52:47 AM »

The French "Beauty and the Beast" is more than 2500 years old. The original tale dating back to 500 B.C.
The German "Rumpelstiltskin" is even older. The original tale dating back to 4000 B.C.


I somehow doubt that, at least the second one. That was the time before (or right at) the establishment of Cuneiform script and hyrophlyphs...

According to this article both stories could be 4,000 years old, which would date them back to 2000 B.C. The article suggests a folk tale called "The Smith And The Devil" could date back 6,000 years, though there's some skepticism about that.


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« Reply #1081 on: June 28, 2016, 12:02:33 PM »

I don't doubt a lot of our classic tales are truly ancient, Cinderella's glass slippers once being woven-grass sandals, etc., and I once read a good article in an anthropology journal that theorized many of the gestures we use in daily life, from waving and nodding and shrugging and motioning onward, to more complex non-verbal expressions like the so-so movement of the hand, probably date back unchanged over tens or hundreds of thousands of years to our species' earliest times. Though interestingly enough, in parts of eastern Europe a person says yes by shaking the head and no by nodding, so there would have been regional variations, I'm sure.

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