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What is oral tradition?
Oral tradition is the cultural knowledge and information that has been passed down through speech from one generation to the next. Oral tradition can also refer to this mode of communication.
Tradition means something that is handed down from generation to generation. Oral means transmitted by speech, and it is used in the term oral tradition to specifically distinguish information passed down through speech, song, or demonstration, as opposed to writing.
Despite widespread literacy and modern electronic recordkeeping, oral tradition is still the most widely used form of communication in the world.
Why is the purpose of oral tradition in a society?
Once upon a time, there were no books and not a single person knew how to read or write. Yet people still had rich cultures and stories that were important to their way of life. All over the world, societies kept their folklore, rituals, and traditions alive for many generations through stories, songs, speeches, sermons, dances, and other non-written forms of communication. Even today, cultures continue to pass on important information through oral tradition.
Oral tradition can happen informally (telling Grandma’s stories around the fire), but in many cultures, the people tasked with passing on their culture by word of mouth are highly trained, and their stories are highly rehearsed. This is especially true in primarily oral societies where oral tradition is still dominant. Many of the indigenous peoples of the Americas rely on storytellers to pass on their rituals and sacred stories. In western Africa, storytellers called griots have the responsibility of keeping an oral history of their tribe or village and entertaining with stories, poems, songs, and dances. Across the world, the method by which oral tradition is transmitted is often highly structured, allowing the storyteller to recall large amounts of information and maintain the same story or lesson from one generation to the next.
People from literacy-focused societies sometimes view oral tradition as obsolete or an unreliable form of recordkeeping. However, many of the traditions kept by oral societies remain largely unchanged over centuries due to successful transmission of oral tradition. While oral tradition and literacy are often contrasted to each other, many societies have relied on both forms of communication.
Did you know ... ?
Oral tradition is alive and well in the city of New Orleans, where people perform “toasts,” long poems or stories about folk heroes.
What are real-life examples of oral tradition?
Despite the prevalence of modern technology, oral tradition is still an important part of how we communicate with each other.
As an islander, there is always a sweet spot for your grandparents. They passed down so many life lessons through oral tradition by telling us stories, proverbs, and memories of them growing up… Your heart is at its fullest when you’re with your grandparents🥺💛… https://t.co/BP9WxPX8in
— Anita Tunoa🇦🇸 (@AnitaTunoa) October 30, 2019
Watch: Today marks the 61st anniversary of the birth of Author, Actor & Poet uMama Gcina Mhlophe. Since the early 1980s, uMama Gcina Mhlope has dedicated her life to encouraging young South Africans to read whilst preserving our history through the oral tradition of storytelling. pic.twitter.com/Rpp0DibSCf
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) October 24, 2019
What other words are related to oral tradition?
Which of the following is an example of cultural knowledge that has been passed on through oral tradition?
B. Religious teachings
C. Songs and dances
D. All of the above
Example sentences from the Web for oral tradition
We've managed to survive, and I want to be a part of that tradition.
By tradition, the speaker of the House never participates in debates in the House and remains silent.
The tradition has lasted ever since, being seen as a great natural hangover remedy throughout the world.
AirAsia, on the other hand, is a relatively new carrier, an upstart in the tradition of Southwest Airlines in the United States.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Outside of Iran, Rigi's “confession” seemed like another in the long tradition of statements extracted from prisoners there.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These oral inanities only served to make Lyn give me the benefit of a look of amused wonder.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
But none of the orders given were more than oral, for the governor did not want them set on the records.
In every colony the "starving time," even if it had ever existed, was now no more than an ancient tradition.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker
Tradition alone preserves the memory of men and places across the ages and renders real to us what has long ceased to exist.Honey-Bee|Anatole France
Oral evidence may be admitted to establish the location of monuments, and even hearsay evidence may be used for the purpose.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles