Folklore (or lore) consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales, and customs that are the traditions of a 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 in the London journal The Athenaeum 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.

Read more about Folklore:  Oral Tradition, Cultural, Rituals

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Stith Thompson - Biography
... Thompson and another preeminent student of folklore, Richard Dorson, founding the University's Folklore Institute - still active as of 2012 ... numerous books and articles on folklore, he became arguably best known for his work on the classification of motifs in folk tales ...
Categories of Folklore - Counter-views
... essentialist gaze that de-sign-ates otherness in the form of a discipline, "Folklore" ... birth to some surrogated subjects like "Folklore" or "Anthropology" in contrast to the white men's epistemological fields such as "History", "Sociology" or "Physiology" ... The constitution of Folklore and Anthropology is colonially derived disciplines that surrogate white men’s History and Sociology ...
Aubrey J. O'Brien - Selected Works
... Female infanticide in the Punjab, Folklore 193 (1908), pp. 261-75 Mianwali Folklore Notes, Folklore 221 (1911), pp ...
Legends And Tales Of The Pine Barrens - Black Dog
... In most folklore (such as English and Germanic folklore), Black Dogs are considered forces of evil ... According to folklore, pirates on Absecon Island attacked a ship and killed its crew ...
Thai Folklore
... Thai folklore are the various manifestations of folklore of the Thai people ... and through the influence of the media, large areas of Thai folklore have become part of the wider popular Thai culture ...

Famous quotes containing the word folklore:

    So, too, if, to our surprise, we should meet one of these morons whose remarks are so conspicuous a part of the folklore of the world of the radio—remarks made without using either the tongue or the brain, spouted much like the spoutings of small whales—we should recognize him as below the level of nature but not as below the level of the imagination.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    Someday soon, we hope that all middle and high school will have required courses in child rearing for girls and boys to help prepare them for one of the most important and rewarding tasks of their adulthood: being a parent. Most of us become parents in our lifetime and it is not acceptable for young people to be steeped in ignorance or questionable folklore when they begin their critical journey as mothers and fathers.
    James P. Comer (20th century)