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Canadian Proverbs

Canadian Proverbs Canada is the world’s second largest country in land area (after Russia), although it has a medium sized population of 32 million people. The country has a wide variety of geographical features, including mountains, rivers, lakes, islands, plains, lowlands, and continental shields. Canadians have a wide variety of...

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Turkish Folktales

Turkish Folktales 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 tales composed of poetry and prose, have succeeded to come until today by various narrators. These stories which especially contain heroism and love stories carry...

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Told in the Coffee House – Turkish Tales

Told in the Coffee House Turkish Tales Authors: Cyrus Adler and Allan Ramsay PREFACE In the course of a number of visits to Constantinople, I became much interested in the tales that are told in the coffee houses. These are usually little more than rooms, with walls made of small...

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Turkish Folklore

Turkish Folklore 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. 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 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 estimated 10–12 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Zulu oral traditions are based on those of the whole sub-continent, but also constitute significant innovations...

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Tanzanian Folktales

Tanzanian Folktales Tanzanian literature was primarily oral. Major oral literary forms include folktales, poems, riddles, proverbs, and songs. The majority of the oral literature in Tanzania that has been recorded is in Swahili, though each of the country’s languages has its own oral tradition. Tanzania has a very rich, diverse,...

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Nigerian Folktales

Nigerian Folktales Nigerian folklore include proverbs, myths, “just so” stories, and riddles. “Just so” stories are designed to explain features of an animal, such as their appearance or their habits. Morals are either explicitly stated at the end of Nigerian folktales, or hidden within the text. Animals, especially the tortoise,...

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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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Yoruba Proverbs

Yoruba Proverbs The Yorubas have an extraordinary number of proverbial sayings, and regard a knowledge of them as a proof of great wisdom, whence the saying, “A counsellor who understands proverbs soon sets matters right.” They are in constant use, and another saying runs, “A proverb is the horse of...

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African Folktales

African Folktales 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 the authors often collected their stories by region. Africa brought forth many rich stories of folklore...

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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. Overview African-American folktales are a storytelling tradition based in Africa containing a rich oral tradition...

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Native American Legends

Native American Legends The indigenous peoples of the Americas comprise numerous different cultures. Each has its own mythologies. Some are quite distinct, but certain themes are shared across the cultural boundaries. Most Native American tribes have a long tradition of telling stories about their history and beliefs. These stories and legends weren’t written...

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The Characteristics Of A Believer

The Characteristics Of A Believer Today, we need responsible generations who are vigorous in the awareness of their duty toward God more than ever. We need ideal people who will guide our society: the guides who will help us escape from the abyss of ignorance and anarchy and lead us...

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National god

National god National gods are a class of guardian divinities or deities whose special concern is the safety and well-being of an ethnic group (nation), and of that group’s leaders. This is contrasted with other guardian figures such as family gods responsible for the well-being of individual clans or professions, or personal gods...

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Outline of Proverbs

Outline of Proverbs A proverb is a simple, concrete, traditional saying that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. Proverbs are often metaphorical and use formulaic language. Collectively, they form a genre of folklore. Proverb is a short saying that is commonly known by public, and repeated as a piece of advice...

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Literature

Literature Literature, most generically, is any body or collection of written work. More restrictively, literature refers to writing considered to be an art form or any single writing deemed to have artistic or intellectual value, and sometimes deploys language in ways that differ from ordinary usage. Its Latin root literatura/litteratura (derived itself from littera: letter or handwriting)...

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Epigram

Epigram An epigram is a brief, interesting, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement. The word is derived from the Greek epigramma ‘inscription’ from ἐπιγράφειν epigraphein ‘to write on, to inscribe’, and the literary device has been employed for over two millennia. The presence of wit or sarcasm tends to distinguish non-poetic epigrams from aphorisms and adages, which tend to lack those...

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Phrase

Phrase In everyday speech, a phrase is any group of words, often carrying a special idiomatic meaning; in this sense it is synonymous with expression. In linguistic analysis, a phrase is a group of words (or possibly a single word) that functions as a constituent in the syntax of a sentence, a single unit within a grammatical hierarchy. A phrase...

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Idiom

Idiom An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase; but some phrases become figurative idioms while retaining the literal meaning of the phrase. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. Idioms occur frequently in all languages; in English alone there are an...

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Adage

Adage An adage (adagium) is a concise, memorable, and usually philosophical aphorism that communicates an important truth derived from experience, custom, or both, and that many people consider true and credible because of its longeval tradition, i.e. being handed down generation to generation, or memetic replication. An adage sometimes implicates a failure to plan, such as...

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