Oral traditions

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Oral traditions

  1. 1. 1 Oral Traditions
  2. 2. 2 1. Folktales 2. Fables 3. Myths 4. Legends
  3. 3. 1. Folktales Stories told from one generation to another Purpose was to entertain and teach the values of the culture Served to inspire the ordinary person Heroes, romance, adventure, magic 3
  4. 4. 4 *Folk Tales often begin with “Once upon a time”, “Long, long ago”, etc. • Groups of 3 and 3 events - 3 characters, 3 tasks, • Folk Tales have good and bad characters. • Everyday people and/or animals
  5. 5. 5 • Phrases are repeated – For example: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall…” “Little pig, little pig, let me come in….” • Folk Tales have happy endings. • The good characters in Folk Tales have a problem to solve.
  6. 6. 6 Some examples of Folktales?
  7. 7. 7 2. Fables Very short story. Animal characters. They have a lesson or moral.
  8. 8. 8 3. Mythology (Myths) *A tale that explains the actions of the gods or heroes *They may explain natural phenomena in our world.
  9. 9. 9 Some examples of myths
  10. 10. 10 4. Legends *Stories based on fact, but the people do things they couldn’t do in real life. *Every culture has its own legends.

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