The Folk Tales of Brothers Grimm: Not for Children! | Boris Koller & Jan-Ove Tuv | The Cave of Apelles

Tales and myths have become bedtime stories and Disney movies for children, but it was not always thus. Boris Koller and Jan-Ove Tuv sit down to discuss the collected stories of Brothers Grimm, their explicit content and symbolic meaning. But are the tales meant to be read as metaphors for archetypal characters and aspects of human psychology, or are they rather based on real life events that happened in a time of witches a long time ago?

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Chapter markers:
01:54 The Golden bird and the fox
06:43 Not for children! (Snow White)
13:13 Little Red Riding Hood
17:07 Older, nearly shamanistic versions
20:31 What is the meaning of gold? (Frau Holle, Iron John)
25:06 The true, bloody story of Cinderella
32:24 More than 10.000 years old real events
36:09 Human self-domestication
38:51 The power of images
44:55 Women eating small children
50:45 The problems of the psychological approach
55:28 Stick to the image, do not be original




This episode featured Boris Koller & Jan-Ove Tuv and was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.
The centerpiece was a 19th century reproduction of G. F. Watts’ Hope.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"