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A Folktale or folk tale is folklore genre that typically consists of a story passed down from generation to generation orally. These kinds of stories were meant to give an explanation to things people did not understand, discipline children or to simply pass the time. Different cultures have different "folktales" and a lot of the time there are varying versions of the same story. These may refer to the following:
Categories of stories
- Folkloric tale from oral tradition
- Fable (written form of the above)
- Fairy tales
- Folklore in general
- Old wives' tale
- Aarne–Thompson classification systems classify the various themes and motifs that recur through folktales in different cultures
- A Folk Tale, an 1854 ballet by Danish choreographer August Bournonville
- Folk Tale (video game), a sandbox video game
- Folk Tale (album), a 2011 album by Christy Moore
- Folktales (album), a 2000 studio album by the band The Big Wu
- Hungarian Folktales (TV series), a Hungarian animated series based on Hungarian folk tales
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