Folk Literature with Cari'a Thacker


Types of Folk Literature

Fables- small stories with animal characters that have a stated moral at the end

Folk Tales- a story with real or magical characters that reflects the culture where created

Epics- long narrative poems important to a nation that tell of a larger than life hero

Myths- tales that relate the actions of gods, goddesses and heroes

Tall Tales- focus on a central hero who performs very hard triumph

Legends- stories based on real-life events and become larger than life as they are told and retold (fact changes to fiction)


Folk Lit

Myth: Labors of Hercules

Hercules had to do these twelve labors so he can be come a god again. He had to complete these twelve labors in 12 years. (Don't clink the Link, in English class!!!)

  1. To kill the Nemean Lion,
  2. To kill the Lernaean Hydra,
  3. To capture the Ceryneian Hind,
  4. To capture the Erymanthian Boar,
  5. To clean the stables of Augeas in one day,
  6. To kill the Stymphalian Birds,
  7. To capture the Cretan Bull,
  8. To steal the Mares of Diomedes,
  9. To steal the girdle of the queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta, and,
  10. To steal the cattle of the monster Geryon.
  11. To steal the Hesperidean Apples,
  12. To capture Cerberus, guardian of the Underworld.

Parable of Jesus: The Sower (The Growing Seed)

  • In Mark 4:1-9, Jesus is telling a large group of people a parable. A farmer is planting seeds and plants the seeds in three different places, some fell the road and the birds ate them, others fell on gravel it grew fast, but didn't put down roots so when the sun can out it die as quickly as it grew. Some fell on weeds as it came up the thorns killed them. Some other seeds feel on good soil and as it grew it increased it make a great harvest.
  • Lesson: In Mark 4:13-20, Jesus says, the farmer plant the Word of God and the people are the seeds. The seeds on the road as quick as they hear the Word, satan takes away all they have planted in them. The seeds on the gravel,when they hear the Word first they respond quick and happy, but when hardship happens they go back back to doubt. The seeds on the thrones are how hear the word, but worries about everything, and so they don't have a chance to grow. Finally, the seeds on the good soil they hear the word and accept everything from it and makes fruit 30,60, and 100 fold (more).
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Confucianism and Taoism

  1. They are both living styles of ancient Chinese.
  2. Confucian worshiped in temples and Tao is worshiped in temples, shrines, and taoist monasteries.
  3. The founder of Confucianism is Kong Qui and the founder of Taoism is Lao Tzu.
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