Did you know that you can find podcasts on any subject? I can type in marginalia or fairy tales or anything, and it will point me to podcasts which covered that topic! (It’s entirely possible that all other sentient beings already know this, but, hey, I’m excited). This means that while I was sewing away at Malleus, and waiting for Marginalia to be shipped, I was listening to information on my next subject - fairy tales.
Which is how I came to hear Jamshid J. Tehrani being interviewed about his book “The Phylogeny of Little Red Riding Hood” . I knew that the original fairy tales were generally much more bawdy, gory, sexual and violent than what Disney served up. But I wasn’t aware of the incest, rape and cannibalism involved - or that these stories are truly ANCIENT. Really - according to David Schultz at https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/some-fairy-tales-may-be-6000-years-old?r3f_986=http://www.pookpress.co.uk/project/fairy-tales-from-around-the-world/ the oldest fairy tales still in circulation today are between 2500 and 6000 years old. One titled The Smith and the Devil seems to be the oldest. You can read one version here: http://scienceheathen.com/2016/11/24/smith-death-smith-devil-story/
After reading & listening for many days, this seems to be the sequence:
Without going into the exact difference between fairy tales and fables, a slave named Aesop is credited with inventing fables sometime between 620 and 564 BCE