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Musical Instruments From Benin, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1971

Musical Instruments From Benin, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

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Toward A Definition Of Folklore In Context, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1971

Toward A Definition Of Folklore In Context, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

Definitions of folklore are as many and varied as the versions of a well-known tale. Both semantic and theoretical differences have contributed to this proliferation. The German Volkskunde, the Swedish folkminne, and the Indian lok sahitya all imply slightly different meanings that the English term "folklore" cannot syncretize completely.1 Similarly, anthropologists and students of literature have projected their own bias into their definitions of folklore. In fact, for each of them folklore became the exotic topic, the green grass on the other side of the fence, to which they were attracted but which, alas, was not in their own ...