Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Folklore'
n : the unwritten literature (stories and proverbs and riddles
and songs) of a culture
- Folklore \Folk"lore`\, n., or Folk lore \Folk" lore`\ .
Tales, legends, or superstitions long current among the
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Folklore'
Folklore consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales and customs that are the traditions of that culture, subculture, or group. It is also the set of practices through which those expressive genres are shared. The study of folklore is sometimes called folkloristics. The word 'folklore' was first used by the English antiquarian William Thoms in a letter published by the London Journal in 1846. In usage, there is a continuum between folklore and mythology. Stith Thompson made a major attempt to index the motifs of both folklore and mythology, providing an outline into which new motifs can be placed, and scholars can keep track of all older motifs.
Folklore can be divided into four areas of study: artifact (such as voodoo dolls), describable and transmissible entity (oral tradition), culture, and behavior (rituals). These areas do not stand alone, however, as often a particular item or element may fit into more than one of these areas.[See more about Folklore at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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