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http://listverse.com/2012/12/05/top-10-truly-disturbing-fairy-tales/

Melita Linaker

The horribly disturbing fairy tales featured on this list involve torture, rape, cannibalism, infanticide, necrophilia, bestiality, cruel and unusual punishment, and incest – all of them taboo subjects in today’s sterilized society. Many consider them unsuitable reading material for 21st century children, with their sunny dispositions and delicate, impressionable minds.

Cringe-inducing though such subjects may be to many modern parents, they were often common themes in fairy tales – enjoyed by children and adults alike over the centuries.

Many people try to a find a moral lesson hidden behind the brutalities depicted in these disturbing fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood is a metaphor for the dangers of puberty; Bluebeard is a symbol of sexual curiosity. But I’m not so interested in the hidden messages, the morals or the justifications. I am just a lover of bizarre little yarns – a fairytale fanatic – and here today I would like to share with you some of the most disturbing tales that I have come across.

To read the stories, click on the link, above.

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