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


(ˈfəʊkˌteɪl) or

folk story

a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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Noun1.folktale - a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folkfolktale - 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"
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Bren read half the folktale on one day and the other half the next day.
And this in turn raises the interesting possibility that her master narrative of race and rape, her miasmatic plantation of the collective cultural mind, could now be said to function as a folktale, a "classic" whose endless iterations rely on subtle formal shifts to body forth the lessons of its archetypically static content.
The students were divided into groups, each student presenting his or her favorite folktale to the group.
As Daniel Barnes notes, "The text of a folktale is not 'the folktale': but the transcription of an oral performance" (9); "we reduce, as it were, folklore to the level of literature.
After all, these figures--more folktale than fact--had been stricken from the leaner, fantasy-free post-Vatican II calendar.
means Aarne-Thompson folktale types and descriptions are from Hansen's tale type index (1957).
Based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese folktale, Mulan tells of a young woman who chooses to pass as a man and go to war rather than allow her ailing father to be drafted.
Since emigrating to Canada from Prague, Marton has published several books with Annick; in Lady Kaguya's Secret, she adapts a Japanese folktale about the Moon Princess.
Taking as his starting-point the basic folktale type identified as AT782 in Aarne and Thompson's The Types of the Folktale, he reviews and analyses the variants and relatives of the basic story of the king with horse's ears.
The Russian Folktale ranges from the history of folklore studies to heroes' motivations in what the author terms "Russian wonder tales.
Examining the golem (an inanimate mudfigure imbued with life through mystical means whose purpose is to protect and to avenge) as a construct from early Jewish folktale to modern fiction, Baer (English and genocide, Gustavus Adolphus College) interprets the myth and its meaning in the context of post-Holocaust works of fiction.