This thesis investigates the study of folklore in a number of ways. First and foremost, it is a collection of some of the folklore of the Wayne and Holmes county, Ohio area. In addition, this thesis seeks to uncover patterns concerning the inheritance of oral folk traditions. To accomplish this goal qualitative data gathered during the fall and winter of 1993 has been translated directly from oral discourse to written text for preservation. The study draws on theories which discuss societal change, and seeks to explain alterations in or loss of folklore due to these changes. This study reveals that folklore does indeed suffer alterations due to displacement and replacement, thus justifying the importance of transferring oral traditions to written text for preservation.


Meyer, Eric


Sociology and Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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