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Fairy Tale Rituals: Engage the Dark, Eerie & Erotic Power of Familiar Stories Paperback – May 8, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738723053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738723051
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kenny Klein (California) is a musician, performer, and lecturer who has been active in the Pagan community and on the Renaissance festival and folk music circuits for over twenty years. He has recorded numerous CDs of music and performs year round. Visit him online at www.kennyklein.net.

 

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Fairy Tale Rituals by Kenny Klein is gives a surprising look into the dark and mysterious side of the popular fairy tales we all grew up with. Be ready to throw your old thoughts for these tales out of the window after you read this book!

Fairy Tale Rituals is a very enjoyable and interesting read for someone such as myself who loves fairy tales and fairies in general. I was really excited to read this book because I quite enjoy reading about the original stories to the fairy tales I grew up with. Sure, they are more dark and eerie, but that is what I find more interesting about it.

This book first explains and gives the original story of the tale - not the Disney version of it or the one we were told as children. In the next part, the author gives a ritual that you can use in your life to use some of that fairy magic to use for yourself.

The fairy tales covered include:
* Snow White
* Snow White and Rose Red
* Hansel and Gretel
* Sleeping Beauty
* Beauty and the Beast
* Cinderella
* Little Red Riding Hood
* The Frog King, or Iron Hans
* Rapunzel
* Strong Hans
* The Rose

If doing a ritual isn't your thing, that is okay. This actually only makes up a small portion of the book. The majority is spent on the fairy tales that are covered in the book. Personally, I really like how the format of the book was laid out and I probably won't use the rituals. So, reading more about the story and how it was originally really was more interesting to me.

Overall, I found this book to be extremely interesting and written exceptionally well. I never knew just how much all of the stories covered changed so much over time. If you like fairy tales or faeries too, this is really a must read book!

* Thank you to the publisher of Fairy Tale Rituals, Llewellyn, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cranberry Gold on March 29, 2014
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Dark Eerie and erotic power of filial stories says the cover, with Snow White looking enticing on the cover. Til you get inside and the author interprets Snow White to be 7 years old and he interprets the old story to say she had sex with all 7 dwarves in their beds! Not okay for a pagan book. Then this week the author was arrested for 25 counts of child pornography he admitted he downloaded and distributed. I regret this purchase. If you are looking for good fairy faith books get something by Morgan Daimler, Orion Foxwood, RJ Stewart, Brian Froud or Katharine Briggs instead.
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By Marcia on February 19, 2015
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Honestly I am surprised this book is still out. The author was arrested for child pornography last year, not to mention he was embroiled in heated debates about 'appropriating' other traditions. This is modernspeak for 'taking whatever I want from another tradition and making it my own, even if it is disrespectful to that tradition'. While eclectic practice is common, taking from another tradition is not respected. Buyer beware; knowing the source can certainly throw a different spin on what you are reading. I would recommend one wait and find an authentic writer and researcher who has clearer ethics.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Praxidike on January 25, 2012
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I like this book very much. While I do wish the author didn't assume that most of his readers knew only or even primarily the Disney versions, that's mostly a slight stylistic problem that doesn't affect the text.

I haven't tried any of the rituals, as I only read the book yesterday, but on paper they are quite beautiful. I plan to try some of them soon.
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By Arachne on November 19, 2014
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This book was written by a friend of mine who enlightens the reader with the darker meaning of fairy tales. If anyone has read Grimm's Fairy Tales, you will note that they are dark to begin with, but there is a deeper meaning which Kenny offers up.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aquarius Spirit on July 2, 2011
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This book presents a rich reference of the alternative versions of the well-known fairy tales. The research performed to find various sources of legend and the related rituals certainly required efforts and it is done well.

However, I found author's interpretation of the stories too literal and the related messages without much substance. Most true myths are deeply symbolic and cannot be really explained using the set of meanings of the physical world, otherwise they would truly sound "creepy", as author often claims.

The myths represent the work of our Spirit, not of the daily operational Persona. For instance, the "adultery" of the King with "Sleeping Beauty", in one of the alternative stories, very clearly presents the spirit "falling in love" with tne new, previously dormant concepts and energies of the Universe, while the "jelous wife" represents the ego and habits (that need to be burnt in the fire of Kundalini to open the space for the internal rebirth).

If the reader can focus on the presented original material though, rather than the interpretations, this is a very good reference book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Cranow on November 22, 2012
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When it comes to Grimm's Faery Tale's you are seriously going to have to forget what you know and try to learn about them with an open mind. What you may have read in the Grimm's faery tale or seen on the big screen is nothing but a sanitized and watered down version of what the real faery tale was. The Grimm brothers had started out with a privileged life , it was while studying in the University that they became enamored in folk tales. So they began to collect them. To make them palatable to everyone else they sort of cleaned them up and made them all light and fluffy.

The first tale is about Snow White and the most famous right now. In the original tale though it was not the stepmother who wanted Snow White killed it was rather the real mother. Why would a real mother want to kill her own child. Well in the original the father is the one who wishes for the daughter and while riding through the snow on their carriage they find a young forest nympth. The father is taken by her and the mother grows jealous. The huntsman is supposed to kill her. He doesn't and Snow White literally becomes wife to seven dwarves with the older one having special privilege over her.The queen tries to kill her several times but fails the ends up eating some apple that gets lodged in her throat. A bumbling prince find her and wakes by accidentally knocking the coffin over and dislodging the apple.

Hansel and Gretel are children to a starving couple at the forests edge. Hans the smart is the guy who leaves bread crumbs which are disposed of by the evil ,mother. Later he uses silver pieces . Through there story they are helped by birds. In the faery like forest where thy are lured into a witches trap . Actually there are several faeiries that eat people also. Wiches were perfect bad people.
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More About the Author

Kenny Klein is a musician, author and artist currently living in New Orleans Louisiana. As an author, Kenny has written several books on Faerie Lore for Llewellyn Worldwide. His newest release is Fairy Tale Rituals, a look at the dark, eerie and erotic elements of well known tales. He also writes for several publications, including www.greeneggzine.com. As a musician, Kenny plays fiddle, guitar, and other strings, and has released nearly a dozen CDs of original music in Celtic, Bluegrass, Jugband and Dark Wave styles. He has also played on several CDs by other artists. Kenny tours about half the year, doing concerts at festivals and other venues. As a fine artist, Kenny creates customized collectible dolls, and paints vintage wooden fiddle cases. Visit Kenny at www.kennyklein.net.

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