I fell into a fairy tale rabbit hole of princesses that become knights, and I'm realizing that a lot of the fairy stories that make it through Europe actually come from Chinese legends.
Like, Cinderella is a descendant of the Ye Xian tale, and then the Italian and French literary fairy tales about princesses becoming knights, disguising themselves as men follow the same story beats as the Hua Mulan legend. It's fun.
I mean, I can't say for sure. A lot of these stories have a million variants over time and place, but the oldest ones tend to come from the Asian continent.
@Trungles People used to make fun of me for me loving fairy tales, saying that it was childish. But I don't think that's true. It's actually really interesting.
I used to play an MMO with a big focus on fairy tales too (all of the quests were fairy tales and/or folklore inspired.)