History Bowdlerise / MythAndLegend

14th May '16 12:18:56 AM Doug86
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** Also, in the BookOfGenesis, Rahab is occasionally said to be just an innkeeper (or the wife of one.) The mainstream view is that she was actually a prostitute or a brothel madam.

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** Also, in the BookOfGenesis, Literature/BookOfGenesis, Rahab is occasionally said to be just an innkeeper (or the wife of one.) The mainstream view is that she was actually a prostitute or a brothel madam.
19th Oct '15 6:22:44 PM hazzaboner
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* In ''Literature/TheBible'', Jesus would actually have been naked on the Cross; in most modern depictions, he's wearing a loincloth. Of course, the Bible [[BeamMeUpScotty never actually says whether he was naked or not]]; even the description of him [[ShamefulStrip being stripped]] (a key element of the Stations of the Cross) is not present in the text. Actually, this problem usually only comes up in Catholicism, since in Protestant churches it is taboo to show his body on the Cross at all.

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* In ''Literature/TheBible'', Jesus would actually have been naked on the Cross; in most modern depictions, he's wearing a loincloth. Of course, the Bible [[BeamMeUpScotty never actually says whether he was naked or not]]; even the description of him [[ShamefulStrip being stripped]] (a key element of the Stations of the Cross) is not present in the text. Actually, this problem usually only comes up in Catholicism, since in Protestant churches it is taboo to show his body on the Cross at all.
29th Aug '15 7:28:04 AM cococrisp
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** In the same vein, most Victorian retellings of the Brothers Grimm's Allerleirauh (a variant of Donkeyskin) changed it to make Allerleirauh's father try to force her to marry one of his councilors. In the original, as in the above, the king himself is trying to marry Allerleirauh.

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** In the same vein, most Victorian retellings of the Brothers Grimm's Allerleirauh (a variant of Donkeyskin) changed it to make Allerleirauh's father try to force her to marry one of his councilors. In the original, as in the above, the king himself Allerleirauh's father is trying to marry Allerleirauh.her to himself.



** At least one retelling of The Yellow Dwarf Christianizes the story by having Toutebelle's wedding take place at a church instead of a palace courtyard. Madame d'Aulnoy's stories are by and large devoid of Christian references and her characters are implied to be polytheists who worship the Greek and Roman gods.

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** At least one retelling of The ''The Yellow Dwarf Dwarf'' Christianizes the story by having Toutebelle's wedding take place at a church instead of a palace courtyard. Madame d'Aulnoy's stories are by and large devoid of Christian references and her characters are implied to be polytheists who worship the Greek and Roman gods.



* Earlier versions of "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" had more overt sexual themes, and were often warnings to young women not to trust young men who appear charming but are not. Red Riding Hood tended to be older, not a young child (in the Parrault version, she was an attractive teenager.) In these versions, the wolf eats the girl after she gets into bed with him, after being told to take her clothes off, or she escapes. The Brothers Grimm made her younger, changed the moral to don't talk to strangers and obey your parents, and removed the references to cannibalism and striptease. A lot of modern versions leave the part of the tale where Red Riding Hood chooses to go down the path of pins or the path of needles. While this seems innocent today, in some areas prostitutes used to advertise their profession by wearing needles on their sleeves.

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* Earlier versions of "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" had more overt sexual themes, and were often warnings to young women not to trust young men who appear charming but are not. Red Riding Hood tended to be older, not a young child (in the Parrault Perrault version, she was an attractive teenager.) In these versions, the wolf eats the girl after she gets into bed with him, after being told to take her clothes off, or she escapes. The Brothers Grimm made her younger, changed the moral to don't talk to strangers and obey your parents, and removed the references to cannibalism and striptease. A lot of modern versions leave the part of the tale where Red Riding Hood chooses to go down the path of pins or the path of needles. While this seems innocent today, in some areas prostitutes used to advertise their profession by wearing needles on their sleeves.
29th Aug '15 7:26:21 AM cococrisp
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** In the same vein, most Victorian retellings of the Brothers Grimm's Allerleirauh (a variant of Donkeyskin) changed it to make Allerleirauh's father try to force her to marry one of his councilors. In the original, as in the above, the king himself is trying to marry Allerleirauh.
29th Aug '15 7:20:47 AM cococrisp
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** At least one retelling of The Yellow Dwarf Christianizes the story by having Toutebelle's wedding take place at a church instead of a palace courtyard. Madame d'Aulnoy's stories are by and large devoid of Christian references and her characters are implied to be polytheists who worship the Greek and Roman gods.
12th Jul '15 10:44:56 PM TARINunit9
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* In the older version of "Literature/TheThreeLittlePigs", the big bad wolf torments and then eats the first two pigs, and is later boiled alive after he tries to climb down the third pig's chimney. Some modern re-tellings have the first two pigs managing to escape and making it to the brick house, where the smart pig manages to scare off the wolf by causing him a minor injury (a burnt hand, for example) or the wolf simply passes out from exhaustion brought on by the exertion of trying to blow the house down.

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* In the older version of "Literature/TheThreeLittlePigs", the big bad wolf torments and then eats the first two pigs, and is later boiled alive after he tries to climb down the third pig's chimney. Some modern re-tellings have the first two pigs managing to escape and making it to the brick house, where the smart pig manages to scare off the wolf by causing him a minor injury (a burnt hand, for example) (typically by letting the wolf survive and escape the pot of boiling water in a suitably slapstick manner) or the wolf simply passes out from exhaustion brought on by the exertion of trying to blow the house down.
16th May '15 7:22:53 PM Sharysa
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* In [[KingArthur Arthurian stories]] geared toward children, several major elements of the legend tend to be left out. In particular, the details of major character's parentage get cut out. Uther uses Merlin's magic to seduce Igraine as her dead husband and fathers Arthur. Arthur seduces/is seduced by his [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister Morgause]] and fathers Mordred. Elaine uses her magic to seduce Lancelot as Guinevere to father Galahad.

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* In [[KingArthur Arthurian stories]] geared toward children, several major elements of the legend tend to be left out. In particular, the details of major character's parentage get cut out. Uther uses Merlin's magic to seduce Igraine as her dead husband and fathers Arthur. Arthur seduces/is seduced by his [[BrotherSisterIncest his half-sister Morgause]] and fathers Mordred. Elaine uses her magic to seduce Lancelot as Guinevere to father Galahad.
10th Apr '15 6:51:57 PM nombretomado
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* Likewise, the gods' blatant adulteries are toned down. Zeus and Hera love their son Hercules, according to [[DisneyAnimatedCanon the Disney]] [[Disney/{{Hercules}} version]]. Now go and look up the original!

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* Likewise, the gods' blatant adulteries are toned down. Zeus and Hera love their son Hercules, according to [[DisneyAnimatedCanon [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon the Disney]] [[Disney/{{Hercules}} version]]. Now go and look up the original!
12th Mar '15 8:00:45 PM karstovich2
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* Just about every piece of ancient Anglo-Saxon literature we have falls to this. Seeing as the Anglo-Saxon's passed their stories on verbally, they would have all disappeared if it was not for the Christian monks who wanted the region converted. The monks recorded the Anglo-Saxon stories but inserted heavy religous bias. Two particularly egregious examples of this are in ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' and in the poem "The Seafarer". In the former, a hedonistic, bloodthirsty warrior with a God-complex is portrayed as a God fearing paladin of sorts. Meanwhile, the latter represents the last third of one of the most depressing ancient poems of all time (about a man's inability to find any contentment/his battle against his lot in life) as a praise song where the author revels in the glory of his creator. Never mind that Christian philosophy counteracts every major theme in these stories. Fate vs. free will. Materialism and living in the moment vs. spiritual rewards and living for an eternal future. Perhaps the monks thought that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar no-one else would notice.]]

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* Just about every piece of ancient Anglo-Saxon literature we have falls to this. Seeing as the Anglo-Saxon's passed their stories on verbally, orally, they would have all disappeared if it was not for the Christian monks who wanted the region converted. The monks recorded the Anglo-Saxon stories but inserted heavy religous bias. Two particularly egregious examples of this are in ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' and in the poem "The Seafarer". In the former, a hedonistic, bloodthirsty warrior with a God-complex is portrayed as a God fearing paladin of sorts. Meanwhile, the latter represents the last third of one of the most depressing ancient poems of all time (about a man's inability to find any contentment/his battle against his lot in life) as a praise song where the author revels in the glory of his creator. Never mind that Christian philosophy counteracts every major theme in these stories. Fate vs. free will. Materialism and living in the moment vs. spiritual rewards and living for an eternal future. Perhaps the monks thought that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar no-one else would notice.]]
5th Mar '15 12:52:14 PM Homemaderat
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* The Grimms:

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* The Grimms:Grimms while being trope namers on making things darker had some problems with sex



* While Perrault's Sleeping Beauty is tamer and does not contain any rape, it still contains a cannibalistic ogre mother-in-law in the second part of the story, who almost eats the princess and her children. Victorian writers frequently cut out the second half of Perrault's version and ended it at the wedding of the prince and princess. Compare [[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/perrault01.html Perrault's original, uncensored text]] to [[http://www.tonightsbedtimestory.com/the-sleeping-beauty-in-the-wood/ this Bowdlerized version from the Victorian era]]. Nowadays, Perrault's version is left uncensored, though the Brothers Grimm's version (which always ended at the wedding) is much more likely to be used in today's fairy tale collections.

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* ** While Perrault's Sleeping Beauty is tamer and does not contain any rape, it still contains a cannibalistic ogre mother-in-law in the second part of the story, who almost eats the princess and her children. Victorian writers frequently cut out the second half of Perrault's version and ended it at the wedding of the prince and princess. Compare [[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/perrault01.html Perrault's original, uncensored text]] to [[http://www.tonightsbedtimestory.com/the-sleeping-beauty-in-the-wood/ this Bowdlerized version from the Victorian era]]. Nowadays, Perrault's version is left uncensored, though the Brothers Grimm's version (which always ended at the wedding) is much more likely to be used in today's fairy tale collections.
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