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April 20th, 2013

may_lily: (an angel among us)
Saturday, April 20th, 2013 05:05 pm
From my tumblr.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a fairy tale that bothers me. In the Grimm version, there’s no indication that the princesses are doing anything wrong. In fact, there’s a suggestion that they’re trying to uncurse a group of princes, who remain cursed at the end of the story.

There are other versions in which the princesses are dancing and having sex with devils (e.g., The Three Girls). But even then, the devils aren’t doing anything to anyone else. In other stories, the lover is a giant (The Seven Iron Slippers) or a troll (The Princess with the Twelve Pair of Golden Shoes) or a Moorish prince (The Moorish Prince and the Christian Princess), who once again isn’t hurting anyone.

Sometimes, as in The Princess with the Twelve Pair of Golden Shoes, the lover has enchanted the princess. Often, though, she seems to be dancing of her own free will. Several versions involve willing older sisters and a reluctant younger sister. The older sisters are executed by their father when their secret is revealed.

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