What is tradition?

  • (noun): An inherited pattern of thought or action.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Tradition

A tradition is a ritual, belief or object passed down within a society, also a basical character of a society still maintained in the present, with origins in the past. Common examples include holidays or impractical but socially meaningful clothes (like lawyer wigs or military officer spurs), but the idea has also been applied to social norms such as greetings. Traditions can persist and evolve for thousands of years—the word "tradition" itself derives from the Latin tradere or traderer literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping. While it is commonly assumed that traditions have ancient history, many traditions have been invented on purpose, whether that be political or cultural, over short periods of time. Certain scholarly fields, such as anthropology and biology, have adapted the term "tradition," defining it more precisely than its conventional use in order to facilitate scholarly discourse.

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Medieval Literature - Types of Writing - Secular
... In Germany, the Minnesänger continued the tradition of the troubadours ... In addition to epic poems in the Germanic tradition (e.g ... Beowulf and Nibelungenlied), epic poems in the tradition of the chanson de geste (e.g ...
Swabian Jura - History and Culture - Tradition
... The "Swabian–Alemannic" carnival is an important tradition in many of the villages, called variously "Fastnacht", "Fasnacht", "Fasnet", or "Fasching" ... Typical of the Allemannic tradition are the witches and forest- or well-spirits, who typically signify Winter or the forces of nature coming to drive Winter out ... pre-Christian times and here the exact traditions vary from village to village, creating a fantastic variety of heroes, villains and good and evil creatures ...
New Reformed Orthodox Order Of The Golden Dawn
... NROOGD, commonly pronounced "nuh-roog'd") is a Wiccan organization/tradition/denomination that, despite its name, has little or nothing to do with the original ... The NROOGD Tradition of the Craft originated in 1967 with a group of friends (including e.l.f ... the Golden Dawn was coined since it was a wholly new Tradition, it was Orthodox since it took its beliefs from the ancients, and it was a Magical Order as was the Hermetic Order of ...
Norwood Football Club - Tradition
... The rivalry between the two clubs has always been intense, with those claiming allegiance to Norwood typically coming from the eastern side of Adelaide, which is the higher socio-economic side of town whereas the Port Adelaide Magpies come from the north-west side, leading to a traditional rich-poor split in the following of the two clubs. ...
Preservation of Tradition
... In many countries, concerted attempts are being made to preserve traditions that are at risk of being lost ... A number of factors can exacerbate the loss of tradition, including industrialization, globalization, and the assimilation or marginalization of specific cultural groups ... Customary celebrations and lifestyles are among the traditions that are sought to be preserved ...

More definitions of "tradition":

  • (noun): A specific practice of long standing.
    Synonyms: custom

Famous quotes containing the word tradition:

    It is characteristic of the epistemological tradition to present us with partial scenarios and then to demand whole or categorical answers as it were.
    Avrum Stroll (b. 1921)

    To value the tradition of, and the discipline required for, the craft of fiction seems today pointless. The real Arcadia is a lonely, mountainous plateau, overbouldered and strewn with the skulls of sheep slain for vellum and old bitten pinions that tried to be quills. It’s forty rough miles by mule from Athens, a city where there’s a fair, a movie house, cotton candy.
    Alexander Theroux (b. 1940)

    The words of the Constitution ... are so unrestricted by their intrinsic meaning or by their history or by tradition or by prior decisions that they leave the individual Justice free, if indeed they do not compel him, to gather meaning not from reading the Constitution but from reading life.
    Felix Frankfurter (1882–1965)