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A story passed on by word of mouth rather than by writing, and thus partly modified by successive re‐tellings before being written down or recorded. The category includes legends, fables, jokes, tall stories, and fairy tales or Märchen. Many folktales involve mythical creatures and magical transformations.

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts: large archive of folktales at University of Pittsburgh.

Subjects: Literature.

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