The traditional beliefs, legends, customs, proverbs, riddles, music, dance, stories, and other lore of various cultures which were passed down orally from person to person through the ages.
Folk literature (oral literature, "orature") comprises the verbal forms of folklore, and includes larger narratives such as folktales, and smaller forms such as proverbs, riddles, and rhymes.
Although usually transmitted by word of mouth, some forms are transmitted in writing, such as graffiti on walls, or urban legends in emails.
Essential to folk literature is its existence in multiple variants.
This category is for jokelore, the study of jokes and anecdotes. Sites that contain collections of jokes should be submitted to Recreation/Humor/Jokes/.
Folk magic is the magic of the common people, usually without elaborate ritual or preparation. It is found in children's rhymes: "Rain, rain, go away ...", in casual acts such as throwing a pinch of spilled salt over the shoulder, and in gestures such as burying iron under the hearth of a new home. It is neither religion nor superstition, but a belief that the energy flowing through people and natural objects can cause positive change.
Sites reflecting the folk magic practices of all cultures are welcome. Please indicate the culture of origin, if applicable, in your site description. Before submitting, review the other categories in Society/Folklore to determine the most appropriate category for your site''s listing.
Submit only the main page for your site. Multiple submissions for pages within the same site will not be accepted.
If the primary mission of an organization is the maintenance of a folklore/folklife archival collection, submit the main web address of the organization.
If the organization has a broader mission but includes an archival collection, please submit only the primary web address of the archival collection, not the home page of the organization.
Folklore on weather and atmospheric phenomena