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TOOTH FAIRY

Közzétéve ekkor: 2019. június 11. 07:01

Who is the Tooth Fairy?

The tooth fairy is an iconic symbol of childhood, the same way we fondly remember Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny, we look back on the Tooth Fairy with fond memories. Unlike the other two mythological heroes of modern folklore, the Tooth Fairy exists across religion and culture in many anglo-based societies.

There are traditions, legends and myths dating back millennia with regards to loosing your baby teeth.

Early norse and European traditions suggest that when a child lost a baby tooth, it was buried to spare the child from hardships in the next life. A tradition of the tand-fe or tooth fee originated in Europe for a child’s first tooth, and vikings used children’s teeth and other items from their children to bring them good luck in battle.

There’s also the more general tradition of a good fairy in Europe that was birthed out of fairy tales and popular literature in more recent times. Ultimately the most popular version of a ‘tooth deity’ is the image of a mouse, who would enter children’s rooms and remove baby teeth. This tradition is prominent in Russia, Spain and many asian countries like China.

Unlike the counterparts of Santa Claus or The Easter Bunny, which have been branded in large part by companies like Coca Cola and Cadbury, the Tooth Fairy has not been associated with one specific look. The most common rendition was inspired by other fairies in pop culture, but the tooth fairy has appeared in countless shapes and sizes, from young to old, human to sprite, even animals and birds have inspired the look of the fairy.

There are traditions, legends and myths dating back millennia with regards to loosing your baby teeth. Let’s see some cute myth from the „neighbourhood”!

In Romania and Moldova, children have a very funny tradition to comply with when they loose their tooth. They throw them over the roof of their house, and say: “Crow, crow, take away this milk tooth and bring me a steel one!”  Nobody never said if it works… Unless maybe, Jaws, the bad guy with steel-capped teeth in James Bond’s movies…

In Ireland, the Tooth fairy is sometimes known as Anna Bogle, who appeared in a recent fairy tale. Anna Bogle is a mischievous young leprechaun girl who was playing in the forest one day and, to her dismay, knocks out a front tooth! She thinks she is ugly and tries everything she can think of to put it back, until she has an idea…to get a human child’s tooth to put in its place. But leprechauns are not creatures who steal, so Anna leaves a piece of leprechaun gold behind for the child whose tooth she takes…

In Finland, the Tooth fairy, the “Tannfee”, shares her celebrity with another funny tooth character: the “Hammaspeikko”. Translated as “The Tooth Troll”, this evil character is a metaphorical device for explaining tooth caries to children. Eating candy lures tooth trolls, which drill holes into teeth and look scary. Brushing the teeth scares them away. It is not clear whether the tooth troll is a single entity, or if there are many.

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