Cinderella is one of the most famous fairy tales among children and adults; and has been an ongoing legend for many centuries. It is a tale that has been told generation after generation and has developed slowly over the passage of time along with its characters. In fact, the story of Cinderella is so appealing that several different versions of the fairy tale have since appeared in various cultures, from the Native American version, "The Rough-Faced-Girl", to a Vietnamese version, "Tam and Cam." The different versions may be based on very distinct beliefs, but they all have one thing in common, that being that they all engage in the moral imagination that good always overcomes evil. That being said, each story still emphasizes on
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Reincarnation is part of Buddha's teachings in which it states that the human spirit is constantly revolving around death and rebirth. The reference to Karma is also very clearly portrayed at the end of the story. "The mother is eating her own daughter's flesh..." (pg233) and the eventual death of Tam's step mother go in line with karma in which it teaches that good will be repaid with good and evil with evil. Thus, the fates of Tam's step mother and cousin are the results of all the evil which they have done to Tam.
The Algonquin Cinderella, in contrast to the Vietnamese version, emphasizes on the issue of spirituality of vision and beauty. In this native american telling of the story, Cinderella is cruelly abused by her siblings and her face becomes badly scarred. This leads the people to call her the rough-faced-girl. Despite of her appearance, despite being hooted by her sisters and being mocked by the villagers, she bravely goes to look for the Invisible One, a man whom all the young girls long to marry. However, the invisible one will only marry one who has seen him before. Though disfigured, the rough faced girl has a pure heart and it is her inner qualities, courage and perseverance which eventually allow her to be the only one to see the Invisible One. This outcome teaches that beauty is only skin deep and that inner beauty is what is truly important in a person.
When it concerns magic and miracles, the story of Tam and Cam appears to be quite