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What is a folk tale?

A folktale is a story or legend that originates and circulates within a particular group of people, passed from generation to generation for the purpose of entertainment or education.

Folk Tale

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Folk tale - a traditional legend or narrative originating among a people, usually part of an oral tradition

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and subject to variation in transmission. Folk tales include legends, myths, fables, and the supernatural. Folk tales make up the folklore of a people.

The etymology of this word is the same as that of folklore.

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Examples of folklore include the “Johnny Appleseed” and “Babe, the Blue Ox,” stories of the Old West American culture.

see: fable, folklore, legend, myth

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