Giants, fairies, Disneyland, war, archetypes: The role of mythology in our lives
"Please read me another story from the fairy tale book," says my granddaughter Mena every night before bedtime. She loves fairy tales. They help to explain a confusing adult world to her in a way that a five-year-old can understand. The wicked witch in Hansel and Gretel. Monster High's cool DracuLaura. The town musicians of Bremen, the three little pigs. Parents as giants, towering over kids. Or even when Mena was a hero herself, during a deadly asthma attack last year. Fairy tales help Mena to understand that there are both good guys and bad guys in the world -- and that the good guys sometimes actually win.
PS: Am currently reading two fairy tales for adults: "Summerland" by Michael Chabon and "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman. Will let you know how they turn out. And am also trying to figure out how to win the lottery so I can go back to Iraq with Hinterland Travel next October http://www.hinterlandtravel.com/iraq_upcoming.htm, to see where they wrote "1,001 Nights".
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