Traditional tales

Where did they come from? Who told them first? Are they telling about the real events? Learn more about traditional tales.

Traditional stories includes a range of narrative types that originated in the oral storytelling traditions of many cultures, including myths, legends, fairy tales and fables. Passed on from place to place by storytellers and handed down orally from generation to generation before the invention of printing, they relied on predictable story structures and repetitive, patterned language to make them memorable for the teller and listener. Traditional tales have been passed on for generations by word of mouth, so there are many versions of each one. All of these stick fairly closely to the traditional storyline.

Many can be described as folk tales because they originally presented, explained and justified the beliefs of the ordinary folk and were passed on by them.