Will the real Cinderella, ..please stand up..

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“Cinderella,” and/or, “The Little Glass Slipper”, (French: Cendrillon, ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre, …

Italian: Cenerentola, German: Aschenputtel) is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world.

The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. The story was first published by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697, and later by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales 

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(Charles Perrault). 

Charles Perrault (12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703) was a French author and member of the Académie française. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots) and La Barbe bleue (Bluebeard).

Many of Perrault’s stories were rewritten by the Brothers Grimm, continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (such as Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty), theatre, and film (Disney). Perrault was an influential figure in the 17th-century French literary scene, and was a leader of Modern faction during the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns.

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Although both the story’s title and the character’s name change in different languages, in the English-language and folklore “Cinderella” is the archetypal name.

(Sidebar).

According to Webster: “ar·che·type,” (in context) An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype.

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The word “cinderella” has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes were unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.

The still-popular story of “Cinderella” continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media.

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In antiquity…

Aspects of the Cinderella story may have originated in classical antiquity. The Ancient Greek historian Strabo (Geographica Book 17, 1.33) recorded in the 1st century BC the tale of the Greco-Egyptian girl Rhodopis, “rosy-cheeked”, who lived in the Greek colony of Naucratis in Ancient Egypt.

It is often considered the oldest known version of the story:

They tell the fabulous story that, when she was bathing, an eagle snatched one of her sandals from her maid and carried it to Memphis. While the king was administering justice in the open air, the eagle, when it arrived above his head, flung the sandal into his lap. The king, having been stirred both by the beautiful shape of the sandal and by the strangeness of the occurrence, sent men in all directions into the country in quest of the woman who wore the sandal.

When she was found in the city of Naucratis, she was brought up to Memphis and became the wife of the king

Herodotus, some five centuries before Strabo, supplied further information about Rhodopis in his Histories, writing that Rhodopis came from Thrace, and was the slave of Iadmon of Samos, and a fellow-slave of Aesop.

She was taken to Egypt in the time of Pharaoh Amasis, and freed there for a large sum by Charaxus of Mytilene, brother of Sappho, the lyric poet.

The story later reappears with Aelian (ca. 175–ca. 235), showing that the Cinderella theme remained popular throughout antiquity. 

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China…

Another version of the story, Ye Xian, appeared in Miscellaneous Morsels from Youyang by Duan Chengshi around 860. Here, the hardworking and lovely girl befriends a fish, the reincarnation of her mother, who was killed by her stepmother and sister. Ye Xian saves the bones, which are magic, and they help her dress appropriately for the New Year Festival. When she loses her slipper after being recognized by her stepfamily, the king finds her slipper and falls in love with her (eventually rescuing her from her cruel stepmother).

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Southeast Asia…

Another version of the story, which is similar to the Chinese version, exists in the Philippines. The story is known as “Mariang Alimango” (Mary the Crab). The ill-treated Maria wins the heart of the prince during his coming-of-age celebration, and overcomes the cruelty of her stepmother and evil stepsisters. In this version, the spirit of her dead mother reincarnates as a crab, hence the title, and serves as her “fairy godmother”. The slipper-test is also present, and it has a huge resemblance to the Cinderella tales of the Middle Eastern countries.

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Vietnamese…

In the Vietnamese version Tấm Cám, Tam is mistreated by both her father’s co-wife and half-sister, who stole her birthright by winning a wager of fishing unjustly proposed by the stepmother.

The only fish that was left to her was killed and eaten by her step-family, but its bones served as her protector and guardian, eventually leading her to be the king’s bride during a festival. The protagonist however, turns into the antagonist in part two of the story, by boiling her stepsister alive and then fooling her stepmother into cannibalism by feeding her her own daughter’s flesh.

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Korea…

There is a Korean version named “Kongjwi and Patjwi”. It deals a story about a kind girl Kongjwi who was constantly abused by her stepmother and stepsister Patjwi. The step-family forces Kongjwi to stay at home while they attend the king’s ball, but a fairy appears like that in Perrault and gives her an attire more beautiful than everyone else.

The motif is the same, concerning also a king falling in love with her. But some minor details have changed because this fictional story is taking place in Korea. That includes the slipper’s details and the usual festivals that happen in the Cinderella stories.

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West and South Asia…

Several different variants of the story appear in the medieval One Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights, including “The Second Shaykh’s Story”, “The Eldest Lady’s Tale” and “Abdallah ibn Fadil and His Brothers”, all dealing with the theme of a younger sibling harassed by two jealous elders.

In some of these, the siblings are female, while in others, they are male. One of the tales, “Judar and His Brethren”, departs from the happy endings of previous variants and reworks the plot to give it a tragic ending instead, with the younger brother being poisoned by his elder brothers.

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Europe…

Aspects of Cinderella may be derived from the story of Cordelia in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae.

Cordelia is the youngest and most virtuous of King Leir of Briton’s three daughters, however her virtue is such that it will not allow her to lie in flattering her father when he asks, so that he divides up the kingdom between the elder daughters and leaves Cordelia with nothing.

Cordelia marries her love, Aginippus, King of the Franks, and flees to Gaul where she and her husband raise an army and depose her wicked sisters who have been misusing their father. Cordelia is finally crowned Queen of the Britons. However her reign only lasts five years. The story is famously retold in Shakespeare’s King Lear, but given a tragic ending.

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Question: So how does the history of Cinderella have any relevance to politics in America?

According to my pearlsofprofundity errant and brazen urban Dictionary; “A Cinderella Deal,” is an abnormally favorable arrangement to favor one party over another.

Such as the announcement Thursday last, and/or, the Fourth of July, when it was learned that the “Obama administration,” i.e., “Barack Obama,” has (decided) to postpone the (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) mandate, ..from taking effect for another 12 months, and/or, until after the 2014 mid-term elections, (but only for “Medium and Large” commercial  businesses) due to the fact that “anyone” ..with the political savvy above the level of an “amoeba” knows that it would be political suicide to build a wall between “Medium and Large” business, ..and/or, (medium to large donors) ..and (their) i.e., the Democratic Party, before “they” get their people, and/or, liberal ilk reelected.

Because if adequate money isn’t gleaned from those who work for it, the power enjoyed by our current administration would vanish as quickly as my “skittish calico cat” during a thunderstorm.

Factoid: At more than 2,700 pages, with an additional 20,000 pages of regulations ..(so far), “ObamaCare,” contains more words than the King James Bible.

Factoid: ObamaCare is now even larger than the entire IRS tax code (which is just 7,500 pages)!

Factoid: Most Americans know little about ObamaCare.

Yet it will affect almost everyone, ..the insured, ..Medicare recipients, ..business owners, ..medical professions, ..and taxpayers, ..everyone, ..unequivocally everyone.

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In closing, please, if not for me, do it for yourself…

Asked what Obamacare will do for America? …

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..or to America?

Obamacare will not create any jobs beyond enlarging an already “mammoth” bureaucracy.

Obamacare will not reduce your taxes!  (Oh Contrar)!

Obamacare will not feed your children or put shoes on their feet.

Obamacare will not enhance the medical community.

Obamacare is not about providing better healthcare services to American citizens. Obamacare, ..is (all) about providing (more power) and (more control) over the American people.

There are already enough communist countries on this planet, ..the human race doesn’t need another.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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