“Once upon a time”, begins many a folk tale. Stories unfold to stimulate our imagination and originally were intended to share ancient wisdom and teaching. Till fairly recent times most people were illiterate . It was through story telling and pictures that history, information, spiritual wisdom, and moral codes were passed on to the next generation.
Often these tales encourage motivation to do right, to be the hero, to dispense justice and vanquish evil. Although older stories seem to favour “might is right ” many also encourage thinking before acting, using cleverness and strategy to achieve victory over an enemy, a fear or self.
Here are some pictures of a recent, commissioned project to depict a familiar folk tale that is an example of how thinking and action were employed before action. Perhaps the use of force is not to be recommended and other strategies that could be implemented might be evoked.
Can you guess what comes next?
Perhaps there are more .
Don’t forget the bridge.
Crossing this bridge has inherent danger.
The three Billy goats gruff revealed.