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Ben-Amos D. The Idea of Folklore: an Essay
In Issachar Ben-Ami and Joseph Dan, eds. Studies in Aggadah and Jewish Folklore. Folklore Research Center Studies VII. Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, 1983, pp. 11-17.


The concept of folklore emerged in Europe midway in the nineteenth century. Originally it connoted
tradition, ancient customs and surviving festivals, old ditties and dateless ballads, archaic myths,
legends and fables, and timeless tales, and proverbs.
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