is a term sometimes used to describe stories
about past events that have passed orally from generation to generation. The events described by the memories may date back tens, hundreds, or even thousands of years and often have a local significance. They may explain physical features in the local environment
, provide reasons for cultural
traditions or give etymologies
for the names of local places.
Some of the oldest purported folk memories include:
- Guy Beiner, Remembering the Year of the French: Irish Folk History and Social Memory, University of Wisconsin Press (2007)