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Thread #122508 Message #2691305
Posted By: Steve Gardham
31-Jul-09 - 07:10 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: What is Folklore?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What is Folklore?
I think I am guilty of causing the misunderstandings when I suggested folklore could be an individual thing. All I really meant by this was that each individual's involvement is going to be more or less different to the next person's because we all have a multiplicity of connections with a vast array of communities, especially nowadays.
I initially put this very briefly and simply which perhaps caused the misunderstanding.
However it is possible that a piece of folklore could be currently known or indulged in by a single individual if it has been passed on simply from one person to one person and the previous owners/practitioners have died. This is not likely to occur very often but it is possible and likely even in some circumstances.
The vast majority of folklore types are as you say essentially community formed, evolved and perpetuated.