Fairy Tales; Their Origin and Meaning

With Some Account of Dwellers in Fairyland

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Published: 1878
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,571 / 119 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,840
mnybks.net#: 1330
Genres: Fantasy, Non-fiction
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roughout Europe, we know that the races which inhabit these countries must, at sometime, have parted from the parent stock, and must have carried their language and their traditions along with them. So, to find out who these people were, we have to go back to the sacred books of the Hindus and the Persians, and to pick out whatever facts may be found there, and thus to build up the memorial of the Aryan race, just as Professor Owen built up the great New Zealand bird.

It would take too long, and would be much too dry, to show how this process has been completed step by step, and bit by bit. That belongs to a study called comparative philology, and to another called comparative mythology--that is, the studies of words and of myths, or legends--which some of those who read these pages may pursue with interest in after years. All that need be done now is to bring together such accounts of the Aryan people, our forefathers, as may be gathered from the writings of the learned men who have made this a subjec

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