Fairy tales are so much fun. They transport us to worlds where anything is possible, and the good guy always wins. Who can resist tales of dragons, princesses, castles, magic and heroes? Fairy tales have captivated children for thousands of years, and a child’s imagination lets them believe every one of them is a true story. As adults though, we convince ourselves that they are just stories, but really, there is a clue right at the start of all of them.
‘Once upon a time’.
Think about it, that isn’t the introduction to something made up, it is telling us that this is about something that has happened. Of course, that doesn’t mean we should take every fairy tale literally, but as fun as fairy tales are, there are a surprising number that we now know are based on scientific fact.
One of the most interesting examples is probably The Feather of Finist the Falcon. This Russian fairy tale contains ancient information about planetary locations, even distances between them, all told in a context of a young girl having to make an intergalactical travel in order to find her loved one.
Some of the recent astrological calculations confirmed some of the information. If a reader is attentive, he/she will notice that some very interesting information is hidden within the structure of words, such as RA (God of the Sun), THREE NINE EARTHS, VAITMANA, and the names of the planets.
The precise location of the place where Nastenka boarded the VAITMANA is precisely the area that was illustrated on some recently discovered unknown ancient map. The map was made from unknown material and revealed huge runways for VAITMANA and VAITMARA.
Another well-known fairy tales of them all is Little Red Rising Hood, is the story of the young girl and the big bad wolf. As strange as it may seem, this may not be entirely fictional, and this applies to several other fairy tales that include the wolf-like character too, including Beauty and the Beast.
There is a medical condition called Hypertrichosis, known as werewolf syndrome to many, that causes excessive hair growth, often across the entire body. As you can imagine, this results in a very striking appearance, and medical records show people suffering from the condition as fat back as the early 1600’s.
Given that fairy tales have for most of their existence been an oral medium, rather than a written one, it is very plausible that sufferers of Hypertrichosis featuring in a story could over time, through various retellings, become the wolf.
Another well-known fairy tale, and if Disney movies are anything to go by, one of the most loved, is Snow White and the Severn Dwarfs. The Disney version is remembered for its happy songs and colorful humor, but the story behind this fairy tale is much darker.
Margerete von Waldeck lived in the 16th century. A Bavarian noblewoman, she grew up around her family business, a copper mine that used child labor to work the tiny, dark mineshafts. A combination of the extreme physical work at such a young age and the constant life in those dark, cramped conditions led to severe deformity within the children, rendering them small and hunch backed.
Margerete’s stepmother was extremely jealous of her beauty, and she sent Margerete off to the King’s court in Brussels, where she began a relationship with Prince Phillip II, a crown prince of Spain. Phillip’s father, disapproving of the relationship, had her murdered to solve his problem. She was poisoned at just 21 years of age.
While that was not carried out by using a poisoned apple, the famous apple from the fairy tale did make an appearance in Margerete’s life. At the family copper mine, a number of the child workers were killed by a man who offered them poisoned fruits because he believed that they had stolen from him.
No happy ending there, but a reminder that as much as we love our fairy tales, not everything in them is fantasy.
Louisa is rich media content creator, with background in computing, linguistics an geo-sciences. Focused on communicating charitable and environmental causes via new media channels and creative technology. Portfolio