Let’s find out what are some reasons why folktales were created and told to younger generations. A folktale is a story originating in popular culture, typically passed on by word of mouth.

Example of Folktales

Below are some of the popular folktales example:

  • “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” – a British story about a girl who breaks into the house of the three bears, tries everything out, and gets scared away
  • “The White Elephant” – a folktale from Asia about how the kind white elephant is treated kindly
  • “Anansi the Spider” – an Ashanti folk tale about the trickster, Anansi, who takes the form of a spider and empowers people of African descent all over the world
  • “The Ant and the Grasshopper” – one of Aesop’s fables about the grasshopper who plays all summer, the ant who prepares for the hard time ahead, and the winter that greets them both.

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Some reasons why folktales were created and told to younger generations

The core reason for sharing folktales can be linked to the day-to-day survival. This is because they cary a wealth of knowledge about a particular culture, as well as warnings about the outsiders and strangers. Through folktales, common history knowledge, that reinforces cultural values, and also highlight important traditions, were passed on from a generation to generation. Amongst many other reasons, folktales also provide many qualities to the current generation, such as:

  • Develop stronger reading skills
  • Study other cultures
  • Model character traits
  • Appreciate other traditions
  • Learn about decision making 
  • Explore new ways of seeing the world
  • Discover a love of stories
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