New Research Dispels ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to be Recent Inventions

New Research Dispels ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to be Recent Inventions

You must have heard of fairy tales stories from your mothers and grandmothers in past. But have you ever heard that what, where and when could be the origin of these fairy tales? As per a new research by researchers from Durham University in UK and New University of Lisbon in Portugal, states that the fairy tales stories dates back to thousands of years than previously thousands. Statistical ties between a set of folktales and languages from parts of Europe and Asia have helped researchers date the origins of some stories to thousands of years ago.

The oldest known fairytale story, ‘The Smith and the Devil’, stretches back to the bronze age. The study shows that the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is practically ‘a tale as old as time’, so are a few other folktales. The new findings dispels the well-known fairy tale stories, ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to be the recent inventions. Jack and the Beanstalk was rooted in a group of stories classified as The Boy Who Stole Ogre's Treasure could be traced back to when Eastern and Western Indo-European languages split more than 5,000 years ago. Jamie Tehrani, an anthropologist at Durham University in England, said these stories are far older than the first literary evidence for them. Tehrani and Sara Graça da Silva of the New University of Lisbon in Portugal studied 275 magic-based stories from a database of more than 2,000 types of folktales.

The study shows that the stories of fairy tale existed before when the English, French and Italian existed. They were probably told in an extinct Indo-European language. Researchers used a 'tree' of Indo-European languages to trace the descent of shared tales to see how far they could be demonstrated to go back in time. They employed phylogenetic methods to investigate the relationships between population histories and cultural phenomena. The study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science journal, shows the fairy tales to be older than previously thought.

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