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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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The Bukusu of Kenya: Folktales, Culture and Social Identities (Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, 2011.
Anjana won the Best International Children's Book Award for The Talking Handkerchief, an anthology of folktales from five states across India, at the Sharjah International Book Fair last year.
This collaborative action research study describes the results of how pre-service teachers at three institutions of higher learning construed three pre-colonial West African folktales that portrayed the villain or trickster in a heroic manner.
The collaborative work of Haiwang Yuan, Awang Kunga, and Bo Li, "Tibetan Folktales" provides a way to experience and learn about the Tibetan people and their culture through carefully selected Tibetan folktales that provide readers with a unique glimpse into Tibet through the window of folklore.
After an exploration of definition, origin, and common themes of folktales, six different folktales from different cultural origins are retold in pairs, with the opportunity to compare and contrast themes and messages of each.
Beyond the Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food and Folklore is an anthology of folklore, including animal/fool/trickster tales, drawn from African-American, Native-American, and European-American sources--a concoction she dubs "Affrilachain" (apparently a play on "Appalachian").
Synopsis: "Danish Folktales, Legends, and Other Stories" is a collection of translated and annotated Nordic folklore by Timothy Tangherlini (Professor of Folklore and Chair of the Scandinavian Section, University of California) that presents full repertoires of five storytellers along with extensive archival material.
Folktales of Old China: An Introduction to the Literary and Cultural Origins of People and Places is a guide to some of the most common and well-known folktale stories of China's rich history.
Folktales exist mainly to teach our children not to stray out of reach for their own safety, as confirmed by Deborah O Neill, an English Literature teacher at Al-Sahwa School.
For those of us who had the good fortune to read children's books from an earlier era there is a sense of nostalgia in both the folktales and illustrations found between the covers of this charming book.
The stories are of varying lengths, folktales told to children in Qatar and other countries of the region for entertainment and inculcation of cultural values and traditions.
Ireland, Wales and Brittany provide the bulk of the examples discussed, although the net is cast wider, to include classical sources, and folktales from other, non-Celtic cultures.