cultural expressions of a particular group of people, manifested in verbal form (proverbs, jokes, legends, songs), material form (objects of art), customs (beliefs and ways of doing things); academic discipline that studies folklore

Folklore is the body of expressive culture, including stories, music, dance, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, customs, and more within a particular people. This also includes the oral traditions of that culture, popular culture, subculture, or group. The academic and usually ethnographic study of folklore is sometimes called folkloristics.[1]

A European folk tale, Little Red Riding Hood; illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1911

The famous folk tale is Little Red Riding Hood (in European culture).


  1. "William John Thomas". The Folklore Society. Archived from the original on 15 July 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2022.