From this article by Hyacinth Mascarenhas; read further on the different versions in her article here.

In French, she is Cendrillion; in German, Aschenputtel; and in Italian, Cenerentola. 

But even though the famed tale is pieced together from its European versions, the core of the narrative — the story of a young girl who escapes unfortunate circumstances through chastity and patience, with some help from her magical friends — is actually found in countries and cultures throughout the world. 

From China to Nigeria, each Cinderella story changes to reflect the local culture, customs and values. Some are old fables, and others are more modern adaptions of the well-known story. But they are united in their shared telling of the ultimate triumph of good over evil.


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