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

folk story

a tale or legend originating among a people and typically becoming part of an oral tradition
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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In 1922, she also published a collection of folktales and legends that she had collected during her studies, and illustrated them with linocuts, most of them influenced by Expressionist trends in European art.
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"Japanese Myths, Legends & Folktales" is a beautifully illustrated bilingual (Japanese/English) compendium of 12 of authentic Japanese folktales.
Korean folktales contain various tropes and motifs that occur: the dream of a house with a tiled roof, small animals combining their efforts to overcome obstacles, and magical objects being found by pure people and then coveted by the rich and greedy.
In "Folktales and Legends of the Middle West", Edward McClelland has collected these stories, folk tales, and more.
THE MOONLIT ROAD is a website sharing ghost stories, folktales, myths and legends, and tales of the American South.
Abstract: This article problematizes Calvino's broad characterization of the "Italian" fiaba, as well as his claim that the collection provides examples of original, regional folktales. As Walter Benjamin observes in his essay, "The Task of the Translator," "Translation is a mode.
If you like fairy stories and folktales, Strange Light Afar is a book for you.
This book presents three action-packed Inuit folktales: the stories of Nuliajuk, the mother of the sea mammals; Kaugjagjuk, the mistreated orphan who seeks revenge and the Nanurluk, an enormous polar bear many times the size of a regular bear.
Happening every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30PM to 4:30PM at the 2nd Floor of Eight Forbes Town Road, the community workshop will not only boost children's creativity and talent in the field of theater, music and the arts, but will also give them the chance to learn more about the culture and traditions of different countries with its theme, Folktales Around the World.
The Bukusu of Kenya: Folktales, Culture and Social Identities (Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, 2011.