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Oral Tradition. Fairy Tales, Fables, Legends, and Myths. Oral Traditions. Oral traditions is a term that includes fairy tales, fables, legends and tall tales, and myths Oral traditions were composed long ago, in many cases before books were available to the general public

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oral tradition

Oral Tradition

Fairy Tales, Fables, Legends, and Myths

oral traditions
Oral Traditions
  • Oral traditions is a term that includes fairy tales, fables, legends and tall tales, and myths
  • Oral traditions were composed long ago, in many cases before books were available to the general public
  • Although each type has its distinctions, all oral traditions have a shared purpose of teaching the reader a lesson about life.
fairytales
FairyTales

A fairy tale is a story composed orally and then passed along by word of mouth

  • Intended to teach a moral lesson
  • Usually include magical elements
fables
Fables

A fable is a brief story or poem, usually with animal characters that talk, that teaches a lesson about life called a “moral.”

legends and tall tales
Legends and Tall Tales
  • Legends and tall tales are stories handed down over generations that are generally believed to be historical
  • They usually contain fantastic elements, such as people with extraordinary abilities or characteristics.
  • Legends and Tall Tales are sometimes used to explain origins or natural occurrences
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Many legends and fables are influenced by cultural context - the background, customs, and beliefs of the people who originally told the story.
myths
Myths

Myths are stories usually containing super-human beings that explain natural occurrences and express beliefs about right and wrong.

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Myths are used to explain:
  • Natural phenomena
  • Origins of animals, landmarks, and natural entities
  • Lessons about right and wrong
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