Oral Tradition

The Oral Tradition: Tales and Tunes of Americana

What is the Oral Tradition? What's So Special?

Long ago in primitive times, stories were passed on by word of mouth. Since the Invention of printing, stories have been a part of the world's literature. But the Oral Tradition — myths, tales, ballads, and fables — are known today as gifts passed down by elders from far in the past to new generations.

Fable Examples:

  • Aesop's Fables
  • Arabian Nights
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales
  • The Legend of King Arthur
  • Jack Tales

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