The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Folktale and Family

Joint Research Coordinator EGUCHI Paul Kazuhisa

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This study will, by researching the relation of the family to folktales and the relation of folktales to the family, research forms taken by the family. In addition to the fact that generally the family is a central theme in folktales, animal fables and other genres, they also either clearly or indirectly tell of families and the human relationships in them. According to the traditional hypothesis that folktales reflect the unconscious of groups, the forms of families shown in folktales embody the consciousness of groups. While incorporating a standpoint of clinical psychology, this research seeks to delineate and compare the images of families projected in the folktales from various locations, and while modeling them we will consider the universality of the family images as portrayed in folktales.