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Oral tradition

form of human communication wherein knowledge, art, ideas and cultural material is received, preserved and transmitted orally from one generation to another

An oral tradition or oral culture is a way of transmitting history, literature or law from one generation to the next, without a writing system, by voice. People tell stories. Often the stories are made into poems and songs to make remembering easy. For example, the Homeric poetry of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined oral literature and oral history. Eventually they were written down.

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