Modern Fairy Tales and the Ancient Wisdom: The Wizard of Oz(CD)


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In this program, John Algeo reveals the interesting connection between fairy tales and the Ancient Wisdom tradition. Many people use the term “fairy tale” to label something as being untrue, mere fiction, or even fantastic. Fairy tales have come to us from antiquity and are found in many cultures around the world. In a sense, they are both very old and very new. But fairy tales are not necessarily about fairies. George Lucas' movie Star Wars can be seen as a modern fairy tale. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis may be considered as another example. To categorize these as fairy tales is not to say that they are trivial or do not have hidden messages of great importance. Some commentators, such as the author J. R. R. Tolkien, long ago recognized that fairy tales have immense value for their ability to transmit transcendent truths. In Isis Unveiled, H. P. Blavatsky alludes to the secret symbols and hidden meaning contained within fairy tales. In this program, John Algeo brilliantly interprets L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz as a superb vehicle for transmitting the timeless truths of the Ancient Wisdom. 1985. 55 minutes.