Saturday, June 27, 2009

Oral tradition in olden days.

In olden days, before the information was recorded in the written form, folklore, myths, legends and stories were passed on from one generation to the next orally by word or mouth. Information was told in the form of narrative poems, ballads and songs to make it easy for people to remember. The disadvantage with the oral tradition was that it was not considered a reliable source, because the material was subjected to change. The same story could have different versions, with omissions and additions. It is believed that the Vedas were first transferred through recitation or recantation from one person to another before being recorded in the written form.

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