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or folk tale  (fōk′tāl′)
A story or legend forming part of an oral tradition.

folk tale

or folk story
1. a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition

folk′ tale`

or folk′tale`,

a tale or legend originating and traditional among a people, esp. one forming part of an oral tradition. Also called folk story.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.folk tale - a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folkfolk tale - a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk
flying carpet - (Asian folktale) an imaginary carpet that will fly people anywhere they wish to go
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
narration, narrative, story, tale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"

folk tale

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Dr Jamie Tehrani, an anthropologist at Durham University, England, in his research resolves a long-running debate by demonstrating that Little Red Riding Hood shares a common but ancient root with another popular international folk tale The Wolf and the Kids, although the two are now distinct stories.
A Welsh language triple bill of contemporary responses to the folk tale of Blodeuwedd (The Woman Of Flowers).
As stated in the author's preface, the Icelandic folk tale serves as a "model" for these stories.
The Qatari folk tale tradition has been given special focus by the Qatar Heritage and Identity Centre (QHIC) to preserve the heritage of the country.
She also compares two structural patterns she has identified in the Burmese folk tales with patterns proposed by other studies of folk tales from other cultures, looking for how the narrative structure of a folk tale might be related to its social purpose and narrative content.
The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog: A Folktale from Great Britain" is an imaginative retelling of a Beauty and the Beast British folk tale originally collected and retold in "A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales" by Katherine M.
Egyptian-born Karim Alrawi narrates a captivating ancient Middle Eastern folk tale in an unadorned, yet engaging, manner.
Ghanim said oethe story is a folk tale which develops the story between a girl and a magical fish which helps the girl solve some problems in her life.
While he was busy writing thus "from the heart," Bournonville was also using the trip to assemble valuable geographic and social impressions, which eventually framed ballets like Napoli, A Folk Tale, and The Flower Festival in Genzano.
To quote the review of the book in KLIATT, July 2003: "This famous folk tale expanded into a full-length novel will be welcomed by fans of other popular retellings, such as Robin McKinley's Beauty The world of the Princess Ani, who becomes the goose girl, is a fantasy world, but the people who live in this world are quite human in nature, with just a few supernatural features added.
Instead, recognizing and understanding the complexities of the folk tale collection's production and dissemination, she argues, is "absolutely essential" as it "enliven[s] our understanding of how these objects came to be, the various forms they took, and the ways we make sense of them in the present" (148).
Never mind that the old Japanese folk tale turns tragic.