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Subject: Re: Gothel
Author: Rene   (Authenticated as Rene)
Date: June 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Reply to: Gothel by Buneary

It seems that it's not a proper name, but a dialect word meaning "godmother".

(My mother tongue is German, but I never heard this word form, only the form "Gotte". Maybe "Gothel" fell out of use a long time ago, or is in use only in some regional dialects.)

I found this German text about the fairy tale that gives this meaning:
http://www.gabriele-uhlmann.de/rapunzel3.htm

And this text confirms, in a context that has nothing to do with the fairy tale, that the word existed and really had this meaning:
http://www.sagen.at/doku/volksleben/geburt_kindstaufe.html

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  • Gothel - Buneary  Jun 5 2013, 10:04 AM
    • Re: Gothel - Rene  Jun 6 2013, 10:13 AM