Where Does Little Red Riding Hood Come From?

Little Red Riding Hood

An anthropologist has been trying to find Little Red Riding Hood’s origins, using methods from evolutionary biology. Which led to this:

“[…] the evolutionary analysis of Little Red Riding Hood does not support a Chinese origin. Instead, the folktale seems to have emerged almost 2000 years ago somewhere between Europe and the Middle East, Tehrani reports today in PLOS ONE. China most likely adopted the tale from Europe, rather than the other way around. The African versions of the story probably evolved from the Middle Eastern tale, The Wolf and the Kids. And that story appears to be older than Little Red Riding Hood, although one version of the European tale has become far more popular due to its publication in book form 200 years ago by the Brothers Grimm.”

(Image from Gallica)

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