Folklore Flourishes: How Fairytale Openers Reveal Our Global Cultural Values

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"Once upon a time..." Perhaps no other words in the English language have the power to evoke such an immediate sense of excitement and mystery. They’re the stuff of children’s bedtimes around the country and the heralds of eventual happily-ever-afters — but “Once upon a time” isn’t necessarily common around the world. While most fairytales have standard openings, they vary widely from region to region across the globe, illuminating cultural values and unique storytelling principles along the way.

Join us as we explore lands far, far away through their fairytale openers — and learn how the inherent magic of folktales is one of those notions that people, wherever they might be from, never really outgrow.