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Fairy Tales
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[German Version]

I. Literary History – II. Religious History – III. In Religious Education

I. Literary History

The fairy tale (the diminutive German term Märchen derives from MHG maere, “tidings,” “news,” “story, narrative”; the English term has been variously derived from ME faie, fei< MF feie, fee< Lat. fata; a genre term since the 16th cent.) as a basic genre of literary narrative is characterized by elements of the fantastic, miraculous, and supernatural. Neither the au…

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Lampart, Fabian, Hartinger, Walter and Halbfas, Hubertus, “Fairy Tales”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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