Sunday, April 14, 2013

Blog #9 :: Jewish vs. European Origin

                                                                        Blog Entry #9
:: This Entry should be either about the Jewish Folktale tradition or on the Native American stories and how these are distinctly different from those of European origins. What is unique about them ? ::




When I think of Folk and Fairytales I don't usually delve into the nitty-grittty; I mostly consider them as elaborate stories purposed to entertain. After this week however, I've come to learn that there is a backdoor to folklore; one that gives individuality to  each narrative through its own unique cultural influence. Let us compare Jewish folklore tradition to that of European origin:
Jewish Folklore tradition are legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales, and customs that are the traditions of Judaism. These stories are characterized by unusual characters (giants, dwarfs, faeries, and ghosts ), the transformation transformation of men into beasts, or the unnatural occurances such as flying horses or 'a hundred years' sleep'.
European folklore on the other hand refers to folklore of the 'western world'. Although there is no single European culture, stories under this cultural influence are generally based upon christian mythology.



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