If you have ever heard about folk tales, you probably know them as fairy tales. The purpose of this article is to acquaint you with this interesting and charming genre of European literature. Folk tales are a collection of stories that stem from various cultural areas. They represent a unique way to tell stories that is different from the more formal style of storytelling that is found in modern works of literature. Originally, folk tales were told to pass along information, stories, tips and tricks that could be of use to people in a community or society. They often took the shape of true stories but in essence, they were meant to be enjoyed and passed down for generations.
According to studies by social scientists, folk tales are considered as one of the earliest forms of literature. There is proof that some forms of folktale started around 6000 B.C. and they have been passed down throughout human history. A fairy tale, folktale, wonder tale, medieval tale or Märchen are a case of European folklore. These types of stories typically are told during jest or play and many times contain some sort of moral.
In addition to telling a story, folk tales were also used to pass on moral, aesthetic and social lessons. They showed a person how to react or deal with an unhappy experience. People would listen to a story teller and then incorporate the things that they heard into their daily lives. By using oral tradition, these people were able to shape their views on life and culture. Oral tradition had a significant impact on the shaping of modern human civilization.
For example, fairytales such as “The Story of the Treasure Seekers” by Sir Richard Francis Burton are considered to be a classic. This story was written in a fictional time and place called “the Dark Ages”. This type of tale requires major characters such as King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Merlin to have substantial journeys and adventures in order to unfold the plot. These adventures give readers the impression that they are part of history.
Another example of oral tradition is the “Rumba”. The word “rumba” means dance in Spanish but in English it means hip hop. This oral tradition tells the story of two lovers who take a rousing walk to a Spanish beach. Upon arriving there, they decide to have a ball in the sand. Within a few minutes, the love birds engage in a series of foot stomping and gymnastic dance- it is one of the most popular folk tales ever known.
In addition to their role as storytellers folk tales also played an important role as designers of clothing. They know that certain patterns will make clothes appear more stylish or more graceful. Some fairytales tell about the steps by which a prince or princesses dress for marriage or engagements. Other examples tell us about how fairies tales designers created characters such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Today, people use fairytales to decorate their homes with curtains, throw pillows and even furniture.