"Folklore" Essays and Research Papers

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What is folklore? What is folklore? Folklore (or lore) consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales, and customs that are the traditions of a culture, subculture, or group. It is also the set of practices through which those expressive genres are shared. The study of folklore is sometimes called folkloristic, and people who study folklore are sometimes referred to as "folklorists". Folklore can be...

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Book review: The Study of American Folklore by Jan Harold Brunvand

What is Folklore? This is the question posed in the initial chapter of the book The Study of American Folklore by Jan Harold Brunvand. There are many ways to define exactly what Folklore is, but it can be described as unrecorded traditions of people; the content and the manner of communication. Analyzing records and traditions allow anthropologists a glimpse into the common life of the human mind separate from all of the formal records of a people. This area of study wasn’t legitimate or organized...

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The Anatomy of Folklore Groups in Your Common Hospital

The Anatomy of Folklore Groups in Your Common Hospital Folklore is all around us, although many of us don’t recognize it. It is vast, from the traditions we participate in, to the superstitions we utilize. Why do we do the things we do? Is it because we were raised that way? Did we pick it up at school, or from a friend? People are constantly processing and employing information into their everyday actions from the environment around them. Many of the actions we display come from the groups...

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Folklore Into Fiction: the Writings of Zora Neale Hurston

“folklorist” and “anthropologist” to her description of the neglected author, for Zora Neale Hurston was more than a gifted novelist. She was also a perceptive student of African American culture, an author of two notable books of folklore, a member of the American Folklore Society and the American Ethnological Society (Hurston, Dust Tracks 171). Hurston’s work as an anthropologist is, in fact, directly related to her creative writing. The connection is clear in many elements of her fiction. Hurston’s...

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English Folklore Required literature: Tales of the British Isles, English or Scottish Popular Ballads, Mother Goose Rhymes, On Fairy Tales (by J.R.R. Tolkien) Видение креста; Genesis B / Древнеанглийская поэзия. М., 1982. Сс. 27-28, 81-90. Brodey K., Malgaretti F. Focus on English and American Literature. M., 2003. Pp.7-10, 31-32. Supplementary literature: Драйден Дж. О драматической поэзии. Мэлори Т. Смерть Артура. Скотт В. Вводные замечания о народной поэзии…(предисловие) // Собр. соч....

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10 creatures in scandinavian folklore

10 Creatures in Scandinavian Folklore REBECCA WINTHER-SØRENSEN OCTOBER 15, 2012 Check out our new companion site: http://knowledgenuts.com The Scandinavian Folklore consists of a huge variety of creatures, good or evil, which have frightened people for centuries. They were often meant to scare children, but even today they are essential and important to the modern northern society. In the 1890s, something changed in the way common Scandinavians saw themselves and their culture. They looked back...

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El Cucuy

The Lengend of El Cucuy, became a bilingual story that is also known to be “Boogeyman” in American. The legend came from Latin America but has remained a strong part of border folklore. The beast is known by different names to different people throughout Latin America. It has been called cucuy, coco, cocu, chamuco and a dozen other titles. This bogeyman takes different forms depending on the family. It is best known for telling a young child ,“Portate bien o te lleva el cucuy,” they say. “Behave...

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A Harmful Figure In Scandinavian Folklore: The Mylingen

Another frightening figure in Scandinavian folklore are the Mylingen (The Myling). In Sweden, infanticide was a fairly common crime amongst poor mothers. The reasoning behind it was either the family was not wealthy enough to afford feeding another child, or the mother had conceived the baby outside a marriage. Adultery was frowned upon and ruined many lives, and drove people to take extreme measures such as murdering their own infant. During this time, the most common places that Mylings were abandoned...

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Charles Chesnutt

Folk-Lore of the South Summary: Charles Chesnutt wrote a response to his own writing to give more context of its motivations. He explains that the conjure stories he writes in The Conjure Woman are merely myth and are a way of showing African American folklore. While these stories are not proven true they were passed down through oral traditions. He mentions several stories that he has heard such as a conjure man hurting a girl that steps upon the ground he walked on. He quickly refutes the validity, giving...

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Oral Traditions or Spoken Word in the Caribbean

of transmission and coverage of the oral literature and history, music and dancing. This tradition begins with the internal context of the group and the communication through interaction which brings fourth a folkloric process. The Afro-Caribbean folklore of the Archipelago is a mixture of the African, the British, and the Creole aspects distributed through a cultural continuum of variations. The members of the elite develop certain forms of local standardise practices of archaic British culture and...

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