World Folklore Day

What is a Folklore?

Folklore generally refers to narratives, jokes, beliefs, proverbs, legends, myths, music, songs, dances, costumes, food, and festivals, through which individuals and groups shape and disseminate a shared identity.

I don’t mean Taylor Swifts awesome music album, called the same as well.

Types of Folklore – literarydevices.net

I would assume that most of you would know Folklore, as in fairy tales and possibly song/music as well. There are so many way to tell a Folklore. Why stop at just one way! But Taylor Swift’s album is a way too.

Folklore will generally tell the lives of “every day folk” their lives, , their conflicts, what happens in them, how they overcome them. Essentially the life lessons of that lesson. Then it becomes a folklore, through oral stories. Some examples of folklore:

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Russian Nesting Dolls
  • Native American Dances
  • Danny Boy – A Ballard
  • John Henry
  • Fairytales – The Little Mermaid, Cinderella etc
  • Ashanti of Ghana
  • Quilting
  • Mosaic.

Generally, a folklore is something that was created and has been communicated down through the years. The Folklore seems to be based on myth, rather than reality. Other than the real life lessons, they can teach us.

I personally believe that families can spread folklore through the generations. Maybe not something that becomes popular in mainstream cultures. Think about it.

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