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5/04/2005  

What is Folklore?

The New York Folklore society defines folklore in the following manner: "Folklore and folklife (including traditional arts, belief, traditional ways of work and leisure, adornment and celebrations) are cultural ways in which a group maintains and passes on a shared way of life. This "group identity" may be defined by age, gender, ethnicity, avocation, region, occupation, religion, socioeconomic niche, or any other basis of association." (http://www.nyfolklore.org/resource/what.html)


Dictionary.com has three definitions of folkllore (listed at http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=folklore):

    1. The traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally.

    2. The comparative study of folk knowledge and culture. Also called folkloristics.

    3. A body of widely accepted but usually specious notions about a place, a group, or an institution: Rumors of their antics became part of the folklore of Hollywood. A popular but unfounded belief.


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