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Folktales are generally passed down from one generation to another and often take on the characteristics of the time and place in which they are told. Folktales speak to universal and timeless themes and help folks make sense of their existence or cope with the world in which they live.
A 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:
- A folkloric tale from the oral tradition
- Fable (written form of the above)
- Fairy tales
- Folklore in general
- Old wives’ tale