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Questions tagged [folkloristics]

For questions about the academic discipline of folkloristics, i.e. the study of folklore.

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What's the best way to go about researching obscure mythologies?

So basically, I want to learn more about Zulu (or possibly some other South African culture) polytheism, among other things. Trouble is, it's hard to find a lot information about it, even from ye olde ...
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What does mytheme mean?

What is the meaning of the term mytheme? When did the term first come into use, and what are some examples of mythemes?
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How is folklore different from mythology?

What is the difference between folklore and mythology?
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What is the difference between folklore and fakelore?

What is the difference between fakelore and folklore?
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Do legends originate from history?

This relatively popular question on the Stack Exchange Worldbuilding site claims that legends originate from history: Given a vaguely European Medieval society free of magic, how long does it take ...
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What concepts exist to describe how motifs change from time and place

In the question How to search for patterns/motifs in folklore or mythology, I introduced the concept of motifs/tale-types, which are essentially the folkloristic equivalent of tropes (an example of a ...
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How does one search for patterns/motifs in folklore or mythology?

I'm currently attempting to research how often a specific type of story (i.e. a motif) occurs in the global corpus of folklore (mythology). For instance, I might be interested in whether there are ...