10 Facts About Folklore


Folklore is the body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group.

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Folklore includes customary lore, taking actions for folk beliefs, the forms and rituals of celebrations such as Christmas and weddings, folk dances and initiation rites.

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Folklore is not something one can typically gain in a formal school curriculum or study in the fine arts.

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Folklore is no longer considered to be limited to that which is old or obsolete.

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Folklore began to distinguish itself as an autonomous discipline during the period of romantic nationalism, in Europe.

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One notable example of this is found in an issue of the Journal of American Folklore, published in 1975, which is dedicated exclusively to articles on women's folklore, with approaches that had not come from a man's perspective.

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Folklore artifacts are never self-contained, they do not stand in isolation but are particulars in the self-representation of a community.

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Study of folk history is particularly well developed in Ireland, where the Handbook of Irish Folklore recognizes "historical tradition" as a separate category, traditionally referred to as seanchas.

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Folklore became a verb, an action, something that people do, not just something that they have.

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Folklore has given this performance one time more or less, the audience is different, the social and political environment has changed.

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