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Red Riding Hood across the globe and cultures

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After reading these three stories in this class about the different versions of “Little Red Riding Hood,” and after reading many different versions of the story in my German classes, I was instantly interested in figuring out more of the history and how the story came to be. From my own personal knowledge, outside of this classroom, I know that many cultures around the world have their own versions of Little Red Riding Hood, which I found to be interesting since every culture is different and puts their own spin on the story. However, regardless as to what in the story changes, there is usually a moral to the story of where the child should not speak to strangers and follow the orders or path they were told to go on, that a grandchild is usually sent to check up on a frail or ailing grandmother or other relative that lives far away, that this child is to bring some supplies or food to the relative, and that most end in the consuming of one if not both the child and relative.

            All folk tales, including and away from this specific story, all change from generation to generation as they were started as oral tales that were passed down, with each story teller adding something new to the story or removing another aspect. All versions of the tale, regardless of where on the map the origins land, have similar backgrounds or lines to the story, leading to speculation that they all started as one tale but later became the tales we read this week based upon where the story traveled to. Despite the similarities between all versions of this story, there are always cultural and religious connotations that cause rifts and differences between each story based upon what that culture deemed valuable or important for a moral. In England, it was found that the child should not open the door to unfamiliar strangers or else they would be consumed by a wolf, in the Middle East, the grandmother is replaced by a wolf impersonating nanny goats before eating her goat kids, and in Asia, there are groups of children that spend the night with what they assume to be their grandmother but turns out being a tiger or monster that eats the children.

External sources:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/11/131129-little-red-riding-hood-folktale-tehrani-anthropology-science/

http://www.livescience.com/41206-evolution-of-little-red-riding-hood-mapped.html

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/11/evolution-little-red-riding-hood

Internal sources:

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html#italy

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html#perrault

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