Folktales

folktale or folk tale is a folklore genre that typically consists of a story passed down from generation to generation orally, and may refer to:

 

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Tall Tale

Tall Tale A tall tale is a story with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual. Some tall tales are exaggerations of actual events, for example fish stories (“the fish that got away”) such as, “That fish was so big, why I tell ya’, it nearly sank the...

The tale of the White Lady who haunts Union Cemetery is a variant of the Vanishing hitchhiker legend.

Legend

Legend A legend is a genre of folklore that consists of a narrative featuring human actions, perceived or believed both by teller and listeners, to have taken place within human history. Narratives in this genre may demonstrate human values, and possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude. Legend, for its active and passive participants may...

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American Folklore

American Folklore American folklore encompasses the folklores that have evolved on the North American continent since Europeans arrived in the 16th century. While it contains much in the way of Native American tradition, it should not be confused with the tribal beliefs of any community of native people. Folklore consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular...

Australian Folklore

Australian Folklore Australian folklore refers to the folklore and urban legends that have evolved in Australia from Aboriginal Australian myths to colonial and contemporary folklore including people, places and events, that have played part in shaping the culture, image and traditions that are seen in contemporary Old Australia. Australian Aboriginal mythology Main article: Australian Aboriginal mythology Baijini – Unknown race mentioned in Yolngu folklore....

Parable of the Good Samaritan, as depicted by Jan Wijnants (1670)

Parable

Parable A parable is a succinct, didactic story, in prose or verse, that illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles. It differs from a fable in that fables employ animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature as characters, whereas parables have human characters. A parable is a type of metaphorical analogy. Some scholars of the canonical gospels and the New Testament apply the term “parable”...

The Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Canadian fiddle is a recognizable part of Maritime culture.

Canadian Folklore

Canadian Folklore Canadian folklore is the traditional material that Canadians pass down from generation to generation, either as oral literature or “by custom or practice”. It includes songs, legends, jokes, rhymes, proverbs, weather lore, superstitions, and practices such as traditional food-making and craft-making. The largest bodies of folklore in Canada belong to the...

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Oral Tradition

Oral Tradition Oral tradition, or oral lore, is a form of human communication wherein knowledge, art, ideas and cultural material is received, preserved, and transmitted orally from one generation to another. The transmission is through speech or song and may include folktales, ballads, chants, prose or verses. In this way, it is possible for a society to transmit oral history, oral literature, oral law and other knowledge...

A stage performance of Don Quixote at the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex in Venezuela (2013)

Performance

Performance A performance is an act of staging or presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment. It is also defined as the action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function. Management science In the work place, job performance is the hypothesized conception or requirements...

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Turkish Folktales

Turkish Folktales We have collected and put Turkish Folktales. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others. The tradition of folklore—folktales, jokes, legends, and the like—in the Turkish language is very rich, and is incorporated into everyday life and events. Folk...

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Told in the Coffee House – Turkish Tales

Told in the Coffee House Turkish Tales Cyrus Adler and Allan Ramsay have collected and put the best Told in the Coffee House – Turkish Tales. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others. PREFACE In the course of a...

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Turkish Folklore

Turkish Folklore Turkish folklore, folktales, jokes, legends, and the like—in the Turkish language is very rich, and is incorporated into everyday life and events. Turkish folklore Nasreddin Hoca Main article: Nasreddin Hoca Perhaps the most popular figure in the tradition is Nasreddin, (known as Nasreddin Hoca, or “teacher Nasreddin”, in Turkish), who is...

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Zulu Folktales

Zulu Folktales We have collected and put the best Zulu Folktales. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others. Zulu people (amaZulu) are an Nguni ethnic group in Southern Africa. The Zulu people are the largest ethnic group and nation in South Africa with an...

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Tanzanian Folktales

Tanzanian Folktales We have collected and put the best Tanzanian Folktales. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others. Tanzanian literature was primarily oral. Major oral literary forms include folktales, poems, riddles, proverbs, and songs. The majority of the oral...

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Nigerian Folktales

Nigerian Folktales We have collected and put the best Nigerian Folktales. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others. Nigerian folklore include proverbs, myths, “just so” stories, and riddles. “Just so” stories are designed to explain features of an animal,...

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Yoruba Folktales

Yoruba Folktales The Yoruba folktales are very numerous. The word now commonly used to mean one of these popular fables is alo, which more properly means a riddle, or something invented, literally something twisted, or inverted. A reciter of tales, called an akpalo (kpa-alo) “maker of alo,” is a personage highly esteemed, and...

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African Folktales

African Folktales We have small collection of African Folktales for you. Enjoy and share with your friends. African Folktales aren’t just stories, they’re living pieces of history and culture to those who tell them. Many of the stories bear characteristics that belong to the region from which they came, and...

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African-American Folktales

African-American Folktales African-American folktales are the storytelling and oral history of enslaved African Americans during the 1700-1900s. Many are unique to the African-American culture, while others are influenced by African, European, and Native American tales. See also: African Folktales Overview African-American folktales are a storytelling tradition based in Africa containing...

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Native American Legends

Native American Legends We have collected and put the best Native American Legends. Enjoy reading these insights and feel free to share this page on your social media to inspire others. There are thousands of Native American stories, legends, and mythology. We have collected some samples of these stories from...

A Panchatantra manuscript page

Panchatantra

Panchatantra The Panchatantra (Pañcatantra, पञ्चतन्त्र, “Five Treatises”) is an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables in Sanskrit verse and prose, arranged within a frame story. The surviving work is dated to roughly 200 BCE, based on older oral tradition. The text’s author is unknown, but has been attributed to Vishnusharma in some recensions and...

Old Wives' Tale

Old Wives’ Tale

Old Wives’ Tale An old wives’ tale is a supposed truth which is actually spurious or a superstition. It can be said sometimes to be a type of urban legend, said to be passed down by older women to a younger generation. Such tales are considered superstition, folklore or unverified claims...