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Simonswald Fairytale-Cafe

Simonswald Fairytale-Cafe

Grimm Brothers Cafe

     In case you wonder, a fairy tale is a story featuring mythical characters; the fairy tale is a sub-class of the folktale. These stories often involve princes and princesses, and modern versions usually have a happy ending. Sometimes fairy tales are simply miraculous entertainments, but often they are disguised morality tales. This is true for the Brothers Grimm Kinderm?rchen. Between 1990 and the 2002, the introduction of the euro currency in Germany, the Grimms were depicted on the 1000 Deutsche Mark note - the largest available denomination.

     In cultures where demons and witches are perceived as real, fairy tales may merge into legendary narratives, where the context is perceived by teller and hearers as having historical actuality. However unlike legends and epics they usually do not contain more than superficial references to religion and/or to actual places, persons and events. Although in the late nineteenth and twentieth century the fairy tale came to be associated with children's literature, adults were originally as likely as children to be the audience of the fairy tale. The fairy tale was part of an oral tradition: tales were narrated orally, rather than written down, and handed down from generation to generation.

     Later fairy tales were about princes and pricesses, combat, adventure, society, and romance. Fairies had a secondary role. Moral lessons and happy endings were more common, and the villain was usually punished. In the modern era, fairy tales were altered, usually with violence removed, so they could be read to children (who according to a common modern sentiment should not hear about violence).

     Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood

     All of these are from the Brothers Grimm collection and displayed at the fairytale-cafe.

     The Brothers Grimm are well known for publishing collections of German fairy tales, as Children's and Household Tales, in 1812. and many further editions during their lifetimes. Translations remain popular, and they exist now as versions intended for children, even though the folk tales that the Grimms had collected had not been previously considered stories for children. Witches, goblins, trolls and wolves prowl the dark Black Forests of the Grimms' ancient villages. Modern psychologists and cultural anthropologists read in quite a bit of emotional angst, fear of abandonment, parental abuse, and sexual development in the stories that are often read at bed-time in Simonswald. Permission to visit the fairytail garden is subject to consumption i.e., one has to buy a cup of coffee/tea/ice or snack to enter the garden area.

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