This paper considers fairy tales as conveyers of symbolic patterns pertaining to the aural traditions of Europe, endeavors to disclose aspects of such symbolism that are often veiled by typological assumptions, and submits the idea that a complex ontology is conveyed in the workings of European oral traditions.By treating a number of fairy-tale themes as parts of the global “picture of transformations” delineated by Propp, and by moreover considering those themes against their ethnographic background, this paper brings to light some basic features of an underlying metaphysical worldview.
Vaz da Silva, Francisco. "Complex Entities in the Universe of Fairy Tales." Marvels & Tales 14.2 (2000). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol14/iss2/1>.