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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


Oral tradition

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.


Oral tradition

Myths are used to explain:

  • Natural phenomena

  • Origins of animals, landmarks, and natural entities

  • Lessons about right and wrong


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