“Cinderella’s Gold Slipper: The Spiritual Symbolism of Folk & Fairy Tales” by Samuel D. Fohr
"Samuel D. Fohr holds that the tales collected by the Grimm brothers, and others, are not just childish "fairy tales", but are filled with spiritual symbolism, and as such have value for adults as well as children. Snow White, for example, is a story of creation and spiritual growth, and its message parallels Hindu and Judaic creation myths. Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella both portray the journey back to God. Fohr also looks at recurring themes in the stories, and answers such questions as: Why are giants always evil and dwarves always good? What is the symbolic significance of the hungry wolf who appears in many stories? Exactly what are genies, and why are they always trapped in bottles? A delightful but serious examination of cherished stories, this book reveals new meaning in long familiar tales. Also included is an extensive bibliography and an Appendix on the authenticity of the Grimms’ tales."
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