Correspondences with Tales from Europe and Middle East

  • Ismahan Soukeyna DiopEmail author
Part of the Pan-African Psychologies book series (PAAFPS)


In this chapter we have analyzed and compared European, Middle Eastern and African tales, to understand how the feminine figures are represented. In the first part of this chapter, we have tried to better understand the representations of sleep and pregnancy in tales. In the second part, we have discussed how transgression was severely punished for people who tried to have children with the help of magic. We used the example of Pinocchio and Trito the stubborn girl, to illustrate that aspect. Then, in the third part, we have shown the representation of women’s envy and introjection in tales, through the comparison between the tale of Rapunzel and the berber tale of the ogress, among others. Finally, we have discussed the topic of women’s jealousy toward each other, polygamy and rivalry in tales.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculté de Lettres et Sciences HumainesCheikh Anta Diop UniversityDakarSenegal

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