Who kissed Sleeping Beauty???

Since I promised S.H  I would get off my frozen derriere and write a post today, here’s a copy and paste of the most interesting thing I read today:

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I wonder if that's the prince leaning in to kiss her or the king.... and

I wonder if that's the prince leaning in to kiss her or the king.... and

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From “Top 10 Gruesome Fairy Tale Origins

Fairy tales of the past were often full of macabre and gruesome twists and endings. These days, companies like Disney have sanitized them for a modern audience that is clearly deemed unable to cope, and so we see happy endings everywhere. This list looks at some of the common endings we are familiar with – and explains the original gruesome origins.

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My favorite one is number 6 “Sleeping Beauty”

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In the original sleeping beauty, the lovely princess is put to sleep when she pricks her finger on a spindle. She sleeps for one hundred years when a prince finally arrives, kisses her, and awakens her. They fall in love, marry, and (surprise surprise) live happily ever after. But alas, the original tale is not so sweet (in fact, you have to read this to believe it.) In the original, the young woman is put to sleep because of a prophesy, rather than a curse. And it isn’t the kiss of a prince which wakes her up: the king seeing her asleep, and rather fancying having a bit, rapes her. After nine months she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep). One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax which was keeping her asleep. She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids.

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First thougth after reading this:

1. Dear God, I am thankful for the existence of censorship authorities such as Disney that decides what is best for us. May they continue to re-write history and stories to make our world more fairy-taley(…nope I myself don’t know if I am serious 😦

2. I wonder if our world would have been any different if no one had sanitized these stories…hmm no little girl believing in the wonders of a prince’s kiss, no waiting for Prince Charming, no hope for happiliy ever after…wonder which life is more realistic?

3. Actually on second thought, I wonder if there’s a hidden message in the story…maybe that’s why a lot of the times a guy seems to be the ‘prince’ persona but then the mask sheds and he turns out to be the ‘king’ persona (ok when i say a lot of times i am talking about one specific case that a friend of mine recently faced….but that’s another post)

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To read other santized fairy tales go here: Top 10 Gruesome Fairy Tale Origins

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