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    • Epic poems

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    • Epic poetry

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    • Folklore

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    • Oral history

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    • Legends

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    • Oral literature

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    • Oral Torah

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    • Storytelling

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    • Oral tradition

    • Oral tradition, or oral lore, is a form of human communication wherein knowledge, art, ideas and cultural material is received, preserved and transmitted orally from one generation to another. The transmission is through speech or song and may include folktales, ballads, chants, prose or verses. In this way, it is poss ... Read »


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    • Traditional African medicine

    • Traditional African medicine is an alternative medicine discipline involving indigenous herbalism and African spirituality, typically involving diviners, midwives, and herbalists. Practitioners of traditional African medicine claim to be able to cure various and diverse conditions such as cancers, psychiatric disorders ... Read »


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    • Anansi

    • Anansi (/əˈnɑːnsi/ ə-NAHN-see) is an African folktale character. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories. He is also one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore. He is also known as Ananse, Kwaku Ananse, and Anan ... Read »


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    • Battle of Grobnik Field

    • Battle of Grobnik Field

      The Battle of Grobnik field (Croatian: Bitka na Grobničkom polju) is a legendary battle that supposedly occurred in 1242 between the Croats and the Golden Horde (Mongols) in the area below the Grobnik Castle in the present-day Čavle municipality in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, western Croatia. The legend was rec ... Read »


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    • Blind men and an elephant

    • The story of the blind men and an elephant originated in the Indian subcontinent from where it has widely diffused. It is a story of a group of blind men (or men in the dark) who touch an elephant to learn what it is like. Each one feels a different part, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. They then compa ... Read »


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    • The Blue Jackal

    • The Blue Jackal is a story known throughout the Indian sub-continent. The earliest reference to the Blue Jackal can be found in Panchatantra, a collection of stories which depict animals in human situations (see anthropomorphism, Talking animals in fiction). In each of the stories every animal has a "personality" ... Read »


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    • The Book of the Reason and the Ignorance

    • The Book of the Reason and the Ignorance is the first part of the Shias oldest Oral tradition named as 'Osul'i Kafi' or the Principles Sufficient. In this book, Kuleini describes the importance of the reason in Shiite belief by traditions narrated by Shiite Imams. ... Read »


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    • The Brahmin and the Mongoose

    • The Brahmin and the Mongoose

      The Brahmin and the Mongoose (or The Brahmin's Wife and the Mongoose) is a folktale from India, and "one of the world's most travelled tales". It describes the rash killing of a loyal animal, and thus warns against hasty action. The story underlies certain legends in the West, such as that of Llewellyn and his dog Gele ... Read »


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    • Caravan of Dreams (book)

    • Caravan of Dreams

      Caravan of Dreams is a book by Idries Shah first published in 1968 by Octagon Press as part of his presentation of traditional Eastern teachings and Sufi ideas for contemporary society. New editions of the book were published in 2015 by The Idries Shah Foundation. Shah relates the title to three traditional sources: t ... Read »


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    • For Want of a Nail

    • For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. "For Want of a Nail" is a prover ... Read »


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    • Hamzanama

    • The Hamzanama (Persian/Urdu: حمزه نامه, Epic of Hamza) or Dastan-e-Amir Hamza (Persian/Urdu: داستان امیر حمزه, Adventures of Amir Hamza) narrates the legendary exploits of Amir Hamza, an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, though most of the stories are extre ... Read »


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    • Karadi Tales

    • Karadi Tales Company Pvt Ltd.

      This article is about a book series and a company of the same name C. P. Viswanath, Managing DirectorNarayan Parasuram, Creative Director Karadi Tales are a series of popular audio books for children in India. The company produces original Indian multimedia content with focus on audio & video CDs/VCDs & DVDs in retai ... Read »


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    • Katha (storytelling format)

    • Katha is an Indian style of religious storytelling, performances of which are a ritual event in Hinduism, and often involve professional storytellers called kathavahchak or vyas, who recite the Hindu religious texts, such as the Puranas, Ramayana or Bhagavata Purana, often followed by a commentary, Pravachan. Sometimes ... Read »


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    • The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco

    • The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco

      The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco is a book by radio and television journalist Richard Hamilton. The book contains a foreword by the travel writer and publisher Barnaby Rogerson. The Last Storytellers explores the roots of traditional storytelling, the background of a number of oral storytellers w ... Read »


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    • Lenong

    • Lenong is a traditional theatrical form of the Betawi people in Jakarta, Indonesia. Lenong is a form of theatre traditional to the Betawi people of Jakarta, Indonesia. Dialogue is generally in the Betawi dialect. Actions and dialogue are often presented in a humorous manner on top of a stage known as a pentas tapa ... Read »


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    • Leungli

    • Leungli or Si Leungli is a Sundanese folklore from West Java, Indonesia. The folklore tells the story of a beautiful friendship between a poor girl and her magical pet goldfish named "Leungli", who helped and cheered her whenever her older sisters abused her. The theme and moral of the legend are similar to those of t ... Read »


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    • List of proverbial phrases

    • This is an alphabetical list of widely used and repeated proverbial phrases. Whenever known, the origin of the phrase or proverb is noted. The majority of these phrases can be found at one of the following resources: A proverbial phrase or a proverbial expression is type of a conventional saying similar to proverbs an ... Read »


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    • Living story

    • When stories lead to a restorying of the past narrative, or the future antenarrative, they become living stories. For example, David Boje says “living story has many authors and as a collective force has a life of its own. We live in living stories.” In the work of Native scholar Twotrees, living stories have ... Read »


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    • Mbeku

    • Mbeku (from the Igbo word for tortoise) is the trickster tortoise in Igbo and West African folktales. In one aetiological tale Mbeku gets taken by the birds to a feast in the sky. When he eats all the food, the birds stop him from flying back to the earth, and he falls, which is how the tortoises got the patterns ... Read »


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    • Oral law

    • An oral law is a code of conduct in use in a given culture, religion or community application, by which a body of rules of human behaviour is transmitted by oral tradition and effectively respected, or the single rule that is orally transmitted. Many cultures have an oral law, while most contemporary legal systems hav ... Read »


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    • Oral literature

    • Oral literature or folk literature corresponds in the sphere of the spoken (oral) word to literature as literature operates in the domain of the written word. Oral literatures forms a generally more fundamental component of culture, but operates in many ways as one might expect literature to do. The Ugandan schola ... Read »


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    • Oral storytelling

    • Oral storytelling is an ancient and intimate tradition between the storyteller and their audience. The storyteller and the listeners are physically close, often seated together in a circular fashion. Through the telling of the story people become psychically close, developing a connection to one another through the com ... Read »


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    • Oral Tradition (journal)

    • Oral Tradition is a peer-reviewed academic journal established in 1986 by John Miles Foley covering studies in oral tradition and related fields. As well as essays treating certifiably oral traditions, the journal presents investigations of the relationships between oral and written traditions, as well as brief account ... Read »


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    • Oral gospel traditions

    • Oral gospel traditions, cultural information passed on from one generation to the next by word of mouth, were the first stage in the formation of the written gospels. These oral traditions included different types of stories about Jesus. For example, people told anecdotes about Jesus healing the sick and debating with ... Read »


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    • Orality

    • Orality is thought and verbal expression in societies where the technologies of literacy (especially writing and print) are unfamiliar to most of the population. The study of orality is closely allied to the study of oral tradition. However, it has broader implications, implicitly touching every aspect of the economics ... Read »


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    • Panchatantra

    • The Panchatantra (IAST: Pañcatantra, Sanskrit: पञ्चतन्त्र, 'Five Sections') is an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables in verse and prose, arranged within a frame story. The original Sanskrit work, which some scholars believe was composed around th ... Read »


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    • Pattole Palome

    • The Pattole Palame, a collection of Kodava folksongs and traditions compiled in the early 1900s by Nadikerianda Chinnappa, was first published in 1924. The most important Kodava literature, it is said to be one of the earliest, if not the earliest, collection of the folklore of a community in an Indian language. ... Read »


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    • Pavement radio

    • Pavement radio, an expression first popularised by historian Stephen Ellis. in referring to the grassroots, informal communication networks that relay information, primarily in urban African settings. Pavement radio is the literal English translation of the French phrase radio trottoir which in US English would us ... Read »


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    • Pinglak

    • Pinglak is an epic character in Panchatantra. The lion is metaphorically called as Pinglak. It is hypothesis and the story is used to compare the real moral and relevant at present also. Panchatantra, a collection of stories which depict animals in human situations (see anthropomorphism, Talking animals in fiction). In ... Read »


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    • Proverb

    • A proverb (from Latin: proverbium) is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim. Proverbs fall into the category of formulaic language. ... Read »


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    • Proverbial phrase

    • A proverbial phrase or a proverbial expression is type of a conventional saying similar to proverbs and transmitted by oral tradition. The difference is that a proverb is a fixed expression, while a proverbial phrase permits alterations to fit the grammar of the context. Another similar construction is an idiomatic ph ... Read »


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    • Secondary orality

    • Secondary orality is a concept in the work of scholar Walter J. Ong, as first described in his book Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word, published in 1982 (2nd ed. 2002), Walter J. Ong and discussing the differences between oral and literate cultures. In this book, Ong used the phrase ‘secondary ... Read »


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    • Seny

    • Seny (Eastern Catalan: [ˈsɛɲ], Western Catalan: [ˈseɲ]; from Latin sensus) is a form of ancestral Catalan wisdom or sensibleness. It involves well-pondered perception of situations, level-headedness, awareness, integrity, and right action. More specifically, a National Geographic anthropologist def ... Read »


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    • Setsuwa

    • Setsuwa (説話) is a Japanese literary genre. It consists of myths, legends, folktales, and anecdotes. Setsuwa means "spoken story". As one of the vaguest forms of literature, setsuwa is believed to have been passed down or presented in the form of narrations. Setsuwa are based foremost on oral tradition and ex ... Read »


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    • The Singing Street

    • The Singing Street, is a short film made in 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland and first shown in 1951. It was made by a group of teachers from Norton Park School, who filmed some of their pupils playing street games, accompanied by traditional children’s songs, at various locations in the city. It documented an oral tra ... Read »


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    • Tais

    • Tais cloth is a form of traditional weaving created by the women of East Timor. An essential part of the nation's cultural heritage, tais weavings are used for ceremonial adornment, sign of respect and appreciation towards guests, friends, relatives, home decor, and personal apparel. The Catholic Church of East Timor h ... Read »


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    • The Three Princes of Serendip

    • The Three Princes of Serendip is the English version of the story Peregrinaggio di tre giovani figliuoli del re di Serendippo published by Michele Tramezzino in Venice in 1557. Tramezzino claimed to have heard the story from one Christophero Armeno, who had translated the Persian fairy tale into Italian, adapting Book ... Read »


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    • The Tiger, the Brahmin and the Jackal

    • The Tiger, the Brahmin and the Jackal is a popular Indian fairy tale with a long history and many variants. Mary Frere included a version in her 1868 collection of Indian folktales, Old Deccan Days, the first collection of Indian folktales in English. A version was also included in Joseph Jacobs' collection Indian Fair ... Read »


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    • The Tortoise and the Birds

    • The Tortoise and the Birds is a fable of probable folk origin, early versions of which are found in both India and Greece. There are also African variants. The moral lessons to be learned from these differ and depend on the context in which they are told. A tale concerning a talkative tortoise appears in the Buddh ... Read »


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    • Traditional knowledge

    • The terms traditional knowledge (TK), indigenous knowledge (IK), and local knowledge generally refer to knowledge systems embedded in the cultural traditions of regional, indigenous, or local communities. Traditional knowledge includes types of knowledge about traditional technologies of subsistence (e.g. tools and tec ... Read »


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    • Two Wolves

    • The story of the Two Wolves is a popular Cherokee legend or parable that is also known as "Which one do you feed", "Grandfather Tells", "The Wolves Within", and "Tale Of Two Wolves". It is a story of a grandfather using a metaphor of two wolves fighting within him to explain his inner conflicts to his grandson. When hi ... Read »


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    • Vedic chant

    • The oral tradition of the Vedas (Śrauta) consists of several pathas, "recitations" or ways of chanting the Vedic mantras. Such traditions of Vedic chant are often considered the oldest unbroken oral tradition in existence, the fixation of the Vedic texts (samhitas) as preserved dating to roughly the time of Homer (e ... Read »


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    • When the going gets tough, the tough get going

    • "When the going gets tough, the tough get going" is a popular proverb. The phrase is a play on words involving idiomatic (Proverb) and distinct meanings of "go" and "tough." In context, "the going" means "the situation," "gets tough" means "becomes difficult," "the tough" means "people who are strong or enduring," and ... Read »


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    • The Wolf of Zhongshan

    • The Wolf of Zhongshan (Chinese: 中山狼傳; pinyin: Zhōngshān Láng Zhuàn) is a popular Chinese fairy tale deals with the ingratitude of a creature after being saved. The first print of the story is found in the Ming Dynasty Ocean Stories of Past and Present (Chinese: 海說古今; ... Read »


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