oral tradition

oral tradition
Cultural information passed on from one generation to the next by storytellers.

The forms of oral tradition include poetry (often chanted or sung), folktales, and proverbs as well as magical spells, religious instruction, and recollections of the past. Music and rhyme commonly serve as both entertainment and aids to memory. Epic poems concerning the destiny of a society or summarizing its myths often begin as oral tradition and are later written down. In oral cultures, oral tradition is the only means of communicating knowledge. The prevalence of radio, television, and newspapers in Western culture has led to the decline of oral tradition, though it survives among old people and some minority groups as well as among children, whose games, counting rhymes, and songs are transmitted orally from generation to generation.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Oral tradition — A Kyrgyz manaschi See also: Oral tradition and the historical Jesus Oral tradition and oral lore is cultural material and traditions transmitted orally from one generation to another.[1] …   Wikipedia

  • oral tradition — Material passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth. There was a long process of gestation before books of the OT reached their final written form. In ancient Israel pieces of poetry, stories of heroes, legends about founding… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Oral Tradition Journal — Oral Tradition is an academic journal founded in 1986 by John Miles Foley and seeks to provide a comparative and interdisciplinary focus for studies in oral tradition and related fields by publishing research and scholarship on the creation,… …   Wikipedia

  • Oral Tradition (journal) — Oral Tradition is a peer reviewed academic journal established in 1986 by John Miles Foley covering studies in oral tradition and related fields. As well as essays treating certifiably oral traditions, the journal presents investigations of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Oral tradition and the historical Jesus — Sermon on the Mount Jesus (like other rabbis) would have expounded and debated the Torah orally, though some may have made private notes (megillot setarim) The Oral Tradition, is the cultural material and traditions transmitted orally from one… …   Wikipedia

  • ORAL TRADITION —    the TRADITIONAL wisdom of PRE MODERN societies transmitted by word of mouth rather than written documents. Most religious traditions contain an oral element and many SCRIPTURES seem to have passed through an oral stage before finally being… …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • oral tradition — n. orally transmitted traditions and laws …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oral tradition —  Устная традиция …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • oral tradition — /ˌɒrəl trəˈdɪʃən/ (say .oruhl truh dishuhn) noun the customs and beliefs of the past handed down in a spoken medium, as by folklore, storytelling, etc …  

  • Oral transmission (synoptic problem) — Oral Transmission is a different approach to understanding the Synoptic Gospels in New Testament scholarship. Current theories attempt to link the three synoptic gospels together through a common textual tradition. However, many problems arise… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”