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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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Perhaps most in the Kingdom know of the folktale called Moni Mekhala which tells the origin of thunderstorms.
We are all now within reach of that magical folktale object that can make our wishes come true.
One of Pitre's Tuscan tales, C85 "La ragazza mela," borrows elements from the same author's folktale from Palermo CI61 "Rosmarina." The practices of joining disparate particulars in a new variant and altering the narrative style undermine Calvino's claim to represent the local flavor of the twenty Italian regions.
Thus, in "traditional" classrooms that commonly portray behavior as either good or evil, teachers could misinterpret the social messages of a folktale that derives from a culture that recognizes the value of appreciating those who hold ideals that deviate from the social convention or satirize acceptable behavioral standards.
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.
One of famous verbal folklore in Papua is folktale. In the past, folktales were passed down orally from the older generation to younger generation.
The Russian Folktale ranges from the history of folklore studies to heroes' motivations in what the author terms "Russian wonder tales." Whether focusing on folklore or Russian culture in general, this translation proves to be enlightening and authoritative.
A folktale or a proverb is thus clearly a part of culture.
The folktale is the most unpretentious and democratic form of literaturestories that everyone is free to tell and embellish because they belong to no one in particular.
THE QUEEN OF PARADISE'S GARDEN, adapted by Andy Jones and illustrated by Darka Erdelji, is a delightful retelling of a folktale collected in Newfoundland.
The story of Nerrivik comes from an Inuit folktale. Nerrivik was a vain young woman, admired by many men.