Throughout the ages, the traditional tale has been the vehicle used for transmitting the culture from generation to generation - the memory of a community. Since the beginning of mankind there have always been tales in all countries and in all cultures of the world. Many of the traditional stories we think are Portuguese or European are to be found as well in other parts of the world, told in a very similar way. Sometimes the only difference is the physical frame: the landscape, the flora and the fauna, how people dress or eat.
Most of these tales have animals as main characters that are always inserted in a social context, thus portraying life itself with its intrigues, ambitions, generosity, violence, and justice. They were used to explain the origin of habits and customs, natural phenomena and to teach fundamental concepts in human relations, as, for example, what is good and what is evil.
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"The Universality of Traditional Tales of the Portuguese Speaking Countries,"
Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective: Vol. 11
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jgi/vol11/iss1/11