A Little Bit About Folklore...
Folklore is any of the beliefs, customs, and traditions that people pass on from generation to generation. Folklore consists of songs, fairy tales, folk tales, and legends. Folklore also includes nursery rhymes, proverbs, and riddles to name a few. Folklore is as old as humanity as human beings have always been storytellers. Written records left by the earliest people include examples of folklore. As soon as a people develop a way to write, they begin to record folk stories. However, folklore does not have to be written down. Much folklore is passed orally from one person to another person. As people move from one place to another, they take their folklore with them and adapt it to their new surroundings.
During the 1800s scholars believed that all members of a society had shared folklore in ancient times. Most ancient people lived in rural communities. Through the centuries though, large numbers of people moved to the cities and gradually lost touch with authentic folk traditions. According to the scholars of the 1800s, those traditions were preserved by uneducated peasants called folk whose way of life had changed little for hundreds of years.
Two German brothers, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, were among the leading folklore scholars. From 1807 until 1814 they collected folk tales from peasants who lived near Kassel, Germany. The Grimms believed that by collecting the tales, they were preserving the heritage of all Germans. The stories they collected became known as Grimmís Fairy Tales.
The Brothers Grimm
The Grimm Brothers
Folklore can be short and simple like Time Flies or Money Talks.
Anansi the Spider
From 1500 to 1800 thousands of West Africans were transported to the Western Hemisphere as slaves. Many of the slaves enjoyed telling West African folk tales such as the story of the sly spider Anansi which remains a popular character in Black Folklore today both in West Africa and the Caribbean.
Links to other Websites with Information about Anansi:
Intro to Anansi the Spider
American Folklore is a mosaic of cultures and includes many legendary heroes such as:
David Crockett was a frontiersman.
He lived from 1786 until his death at the Alamo in 1836.
He was an American folk-hero better known as Davy Crockett.
The Story of David Crockett
Better known as Johnny Appleseed.
He was a pioneer who lived from 1774 through 1847.
He planted apple trees in many places and became an American legend.
The Story of Johnny Appleseed
A hero of American folktales and folk songs.
Legendary black American famous for his strength.
John Henry was a steel driving man.
The Story of John Henry
American legend and true folk hero.
Born in 1734 and Died in 1820.
Pioneer who blazed the Wilderness Road.
The Story of Daniel Boone
Legends Included in Folklore:
Lock Ness Monster
"Many a man has been hanged on less evidence
than there is for the Loch Ness Monster." óG.K. Chesterton
The Beast of Loch Ness
A humanlike creature named for the perpetual snow region of the Himalayas.
A figure unknown except for the tracks tracks ascribed to it and through alleged encounters,
it is described as being 6 to 8 feed tall and covered with long, dark hair.
The Abominable Snowman
Bigfoot or Sasquatch
A large apelike creature reportedly sighted hundreds of times in the United States
and Canada since the middle of the nineteenth century.
Bigfoot is described as standing anywhere from seven to 10 feet tall
and weighing over 500 pounds with footprints 17 inches long.
America's folk songs are one of her most precious treasures. Each song is like a thread of fabric woven into American history. This country has produced folk songs that reflect her struggles, aspirations, and major changes.
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Created in the early 1750s.
Dr. Richard Schuckburg created the tune to ridicule Americans.
Americans took the song and made it their own.
An American Classic: Yankee Doodle
Dixie is a popular American folk song.
Created by Daniel Decatur Emmett in 1859.
Credited for making the term Dixie synonymous with the South.
Learn more about Dixie
Old Dan Tucker
A favorite old folk song created in 1843.
Some believe the song was authored by slaves in Georgia
in memory of the Reverend Daniel Tucker.
Old Dan Tucker
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