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Folklore of Pacific and Indian Ocean

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Folktales include all forms of narrative - - written or oral - - handed down through the years and reflecting the lives and imaginations of the people. According to Aarne-Thompson, the three types of tales are: Animal * Tales, Ordinary * Folktales, and Jokes and * Anecdotes. They categorized the tales using motifs. *.
Folklore from the South Indian Ocean Islands

[Madagascar, Comoros Islands, Seychelles, Reunion, Mauritius]

Folklore from the Pacific Ocean Islands

[Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, Melanesia (New Guinea),
Atlantic Ocean Islands, Ascension, Antarctica, Arctic]



New Guinea

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For a broadened view of folklore, refer to The Folktale by Stith Thompson for tale types and motifs.

For your reading enjoyment, peruse "Folk Tales of the North American Indians" by Stith Thompson. It includes tales categorized by culture group and motif.