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)

Folklore is part of the culture of a group of people. It may include stories, music, dance, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, and popular beliefs. This also includes the oral traditions of that culture. The academic study of folklore is sometimes called folkloristics.[1] Folkloristics is often ethnographic. A Folktale or folk tale is a story from the oral literature of a people.

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

Little Red Riding Hood is a famous folktale in European culture.


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