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Old 03 April 2017, 10:23 PM
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Almost all of those "interesting origins" stories for fairy tales and nursery rhymes are extremely speculative at best. Fairy tales and folk takes, even the ones that are very scary, were mostly written for children, not adults, despite what gets taught. There isn't any real good evidence for any of the interesting origins or the idea that they were somehow secret messages for adults. Maybe, like our modern day Shrek or Finding Nemo, they wanted them to be appealing to adults or (even more likely looking at the ones that have been forgotten) the ones that have lasted are the ones that were interesting to adults.