Folklore | Introduction to Folklore
F101 | 16315 | Kousaleos

Introduction to Folklore: Folklore throughout the life cycle

What is folklore? Every culture has folklore-- all people create ways
to understand the world around them and communicate these
understandings to others through their stories, their food, their
art, their music, their life rituals, and various other traditions.
Introduction to Folklore is designed to introduce students to the
ways in which folklore functions in the everyday lives of people
around the world throughout the life cycle. The course begins with
birth traditions and continues through childhood, adolescence,
adulthood, aging, death, and after death (communication with spirits
and beliefs involving the afterlife). How do different groups and
individuals communicate and represent their cultural identity through
their artistic expressions?