According to the American Folklore Society "Folklore" is "the traditional art, literature, knowledge, and practice that is disseminated largely through oral communication and behavioral example. Every group with a sense of its own identity shares, as a central part of that identity, folk traditions as the things that people traditionally believe (planting practices, family traditions, and other elements of worldview), do (dance, make music, sew clothing), know (how to build an irrigation dam, how to nurse an ailment, how to prepare barbecue), make (architecture, art, craft), and say (personal experience stories, riddles, song lyrics)." As these examples indicate, in most instances there is no hard-and-fast separation of these categories, whether in everyday life or in folklorists work. The word "folklore" names an enormous and deeply significant dimension of culture. Considering how large and complex this subject is, it is no wonder that folklorists define and describe folklore in so many different ways. Try asking dance historians for a definition of "dance," for instance, or anthropologists for a definition of "culture." No one definition will suffice, nor should it. In part, this is also because particular folklorists emphasize particular parts or characteristics of the world of folklore as a result of their own work, their own interests, or the particular audience they're trying to reach. And for folklorists, as for the members of any group who share a strong interest, disagreeing with one another is part of the work–and the enjoyment–of the field, and is one of the best ways to learn." (American Folklore Society, http://www.afsnet.org/?page=WhatIsFolklore.)
To us, Folklore is the art, lifeways, culture, stories, tales, legends, and lore of the common folk - or the country people. It usually designates commoners of the old ways and their beliefs, pathways, and mythos. It also suggests most of that communication to be oral or traditionally passed on.
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