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This Trail on Folktales of Asia draws together a range of folktales from a number of countries in Asia. A folktale is a form of oral storytelling for expressing particular customs and traditions of a specific culture. Other forms of folklore include myths, legends, fairy tales, tall tales, parables, proverbs, riddles, games, and dances. These, mostly oral, art forms usually contain a moral or lesson to be learned. Folktales generally rely on a number of universally recognised motifs (recurring thematic elements) such as the Clever Wife, the Quest, a Foolish Servant, and so on which serve as mnemonic devices that promote the storyline without too much explanation required. However, because folktales rely on these motifs, caution should be exercised so that readers are not drawn into uncritical acceptance of stereotypes and caricatures that could result in a flawed impression of a particular culture.

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    y separately published work icon Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2011-2014 Z1796670 2011-2012 website bibliography The Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing project investigates and records details of Australian children's literature that is set in Asia and/or that represents Asian-Australian cultures and experiences, and literature that is published in selected Asian languages. St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2011-2014
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