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Thread #122508 Message #2688571
Posted By: Jim Carroll
28-Jul-09 - 03:05 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: What is Folklore?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What is Folklore?
This is the one that I have become used to and, I believe, is the one most widely recognised and documented. Like the term 'folk', when applied to song, tale, music, custom, dance.... etc, it seems comprehensive enough as a working guide, giving some indication of origin and transmission and use.
Any definitions of these terms only become problematical when they (a) are applied as inflexible 'laws' or (b) when they are manipulated or ignored to suit individual interests or agendas.
As I said earlier, there are 20-odd others given in the Folklore Dictionary, all having their own validity. As far as I can see, there is no great controversy surrounding the subject and the existing literature more than adequately covers all the applied topics.
"The entire body of ancient popular beliefs, customs, and traditions, which have survived among the less educated elements of civilized societies until todav. It thus includes fairy tales, myths, and legends, superstitions, festival rites, traditional games, folk songs, popular sayings, arts, crafts, folk dances, and the like.
JOHN L. MISH"