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Lon Po Po, part 2


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As a continuation of part one, I wanted to do some research on other versions of “Little Red Riding Hood” to compare the age appropriateness of the storylines. It turns out that there are many versions of the story, all of which utilize the motif of trickery, and most contain an aspect that might frighten a child. Some versions also imply questionable morals and values, including:

-Little Red Riding Hood was a prostitute
-The red cloak symbolizes the girl’s menstrual cycle
-The girl was spoiled and deserved to be eaten by the wolf, along with her grandmother

Stories included one or a couple of the following scenarios:

-The girl/grandma was eaten by the wolf at the end of the story with no resolution for them.
-The wolf was cut open and the girl and grandma magically reappear. Then they place heavy stones in the stomach of the wolf, killing it.
-The girl accidently cannibalizes her own grandmother
-The wolf ties a rope around the girl’s leg
The wolf eats the grandmother and puts some of her flesh in a bowl and some of her blood in a bottle
-The girl and her grandmother trick a second wolf into jumping down the chimney into a pot of boiling water.

So all things considered, I guess the story of Lon Po Po isn’t all that bad. Still, animal cruelty is a major problem in today’s society. Adults are usually the offenders (or at least they are the most reported), so it’s time to teach children that hurting animals is seriously not cool.

For more information:

On the different versions of Little Red Riding Hood

A book about the meanings behind the tale