Folklore , What is it?

Folklore can be described as traditional art, literature, knowledge, and practices that are passed on in large part through oral communication and example. The information thus transmitted expresses the shared ideas and values of a particular group.

Elliott Oring states that folklore is that part of culture that “lives happily ever after”. Folklore can be classified by ethnicity, region, religion, occupation, and many other categories. Folklore can be a reflection and expression of a group’s concerns. Ethnic folklore is a significant indicator of a groups’s traditional values.

How about Folk culture? This refers to the unifying expressive components of everyday life as enacted by localized, tradition-bound groups.

Source: Bendix, Regina F.; Hasan-Rokem, Galit (2012). “Introduction”. In Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem. A Companion to Folklore. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 1–6.

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