There are hundreds of versions of the Cinderella story, and it is believed that the tale may have originated in the 9th Century and that it was called “Yeh-Shen.”
The Egyptian version of Cinderella begins:
“Long ago, in the land of Egypt, where the green Nile River widens to meet the blue sea, there lived a maiden called Rhodopis. When she was still a small child, Rhodopis had been stolen by pirates. She was snatched from her home in Greece, taken across the sea to Egypt, and there sold as a slave.”
In the West African Cinderella, the heroine is called Chinye.
“Long ago, there lived a girl called Chinye. Her mother and father were dead, so she lived with her stepmother Nkechi and her stepsister Adanma. Every day Nkechi made Chinye do all the work and sent her back and forth through the forest to fetch water. Chinye was a quiet, obedient girl, and she worked as hard as she could to please Nkechi. She got no help from Adanma, who was spoilt and lazy.”
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is another African version of Cinderella.
In an Algonquin Native American Cinderella, the heroine is called Rough-Face.
The Ojibwa Native American Cinderella is called Sootface.
The Mexican Cinderella is Adelita
In one of the Korean Cinderella stories, the heroine is called Pear Blossom.
Jouanah Is Another Asian Hmong Cinderella.
Princess Furball is a European Cinderella