> From: Cris Wilson [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Hi there
> not wishing to get into an argumant here, but I have spent many years
> reading fairytales etc, I find tham intresting but I have found reacently
> that some stories said to come from one country also appear to be from
> another country as well.
Folklorists who study folktales classify stories according to themes
and plots. There are hundreds of so-called universal themes/plots/types.
When a tale falls into a universal type, it's usually regarded as not a
source for culture-specific information, except *possibly* where it differs
from the universal type.