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School-lore: Definition, Explanation and Importance

Posted by K. J. Shibu Kallada on June 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

What is a lore?


The dictionary meaning of the term lore reads as follows


lore/lôr/  Noun:  A body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by aparticular group, typically passed from person to person by word ofmouth.


In literature the term is usually associated with folk-lore


folklore refers to a body of popular myth and beliefs relating to a particular place, activity,or group of people.


BritanicaConcise Encyclopedia describes folk-lore in the following words


Oral literature and popular tradition preserved among a people. It may take the form of fairytales, ballads,epics, proverbs,and riddles.Studies of folklore began in the early 19th century and first focused on rural folk and others believed to be untouched by modern ways. Several aims can be identified. One was to trace archaic customs and beliefs. James George Frazer's The Golden Bough (1890) reflects the use of folklore as a tool to reconstruct ancient beliefs and rituals. Another motive for the study of folklore was nationalism, which reinforced ethnic identity and figured in struggles for politicalindependence.


In the mid-20th century, new trends emerged. Any group that expressed its inner cohesion by maintaining shared traditions qualified as a folk, whether the linking factor be occupation, language, place of residence, age, religion, or ethnic origin. Emphasis also shifted from the past to the present, from the search for origins to the investigation of present meaning and function. Change and adaptation within tradition were no longer necessarily regarded as corruptive.


Lets try to understand the term school-lore in this context. It is an oral literature popularly preserved among a group of people. People in a school is a group and it expresses its inner cohesion by maintaining shared traditions qualified as a folk. The linking factor here is language, place of residence, age etc. School-lores help develop and maintain the cultural identity of a school and people related to it.


Thus, school-lores too can be considered as a part of the corpus of literature. In modern literature, everything, every person and every action is important. Nothing remains silly. School-lores play an important role as an indicator of the cultural existence of a society namely school.


Every school has its own lores. It may be related to a teacher, a student, a belief or an incident. But it tells a lot about the group of people associated with it. As teachers, let us encourage our students to retain such lores, create new ones, and thus be the supporters of a new variety of literature.




 

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