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The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

FAVORITES | PROSE NARRATIVE | BALLAD SONG DANCE GAME MUSIC VERSE | DRAMA | CUSTOM FESTIVAL | ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE | FOOD DRINK | BELIEF | SPEECH | PROVERB | RIDDLE |

PROSE NARRATIVE

For verse in prose narrative, and for prose narratives in verse, see C820.

B | PROSE NARRATIVE
For verse in prose narrative, and for prose narratives in verse, see C820.
B 44 | Mammal
B200 | Myth
Relation of events significant in the establishment of the natural order of the universe. This classification follows the divisions of chapter A in Stith Thompson's motif index. For dance or belief concerning the materials of mythology, see C432 or P200.
B220 | Creator
B230 | Gods
B240 | Creation and Order of Universe
B250 | Creation and Order of Human Life
B260 | Creation and Order of Animal Life
B270 | Creation and Order of Plant Life
B280 | Characteristics of Animals
B290 | Origin of Characteristics of Plants
B400 | Legend
Story based on specific persons, places, things. For dance or belief concerning the materials of legend, see C432 or P400.
B420 | Supernatural Being
B422 | Angel
B423 | Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
B425 | Devil Demon
B427 | Werewolf Vampire
B429 | Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
B430 | Human Being
B432 | Religious hero
Jesus, the Virgin, Biblical characters, saints, etc.
B433 | Secular hero
Charlemagne, Vergil, Cid, John Henry, etc.
B434 | Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
Robin Hood, Jesse James, Captain Kidd
B435 | Witch Shaman
B436 | Abnormal in size
Giant, ogre, dwarf
B437 | Physically handicapped Deformed
Mentally diseased or defective, hunchback, cripple, blind, deaf mute, lunatic, etc.
B438 | Body part Senses
B440 | Animal
B442 | Mammal
B444 | Bird
B446 | Insect
B448 | Fish
B449 | Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
B450 | Celestial Body
B452 | Sun
B453 | Moon
B454 | Planet
B455 | Star
B457 | Comet
B458 | Celestial body come to earth
B460 | Air Weather Fire
B462 | Weather sign or control
B464 | Lightning Thunder
B465 | Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
B466 | Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
B468 | Fire
B470 | Earth
B472 | Formation
Plain, swamp, forest, mountain, valley, cave, island, peculiar formation, etc.
B474 | Mineral
B475 | Plant
B476 | Plant husbandry Farming
B477 | Product or activity of man or animal
Haunted house, street, cemetery, vanished city, ruins, hidden treasure, phantom ship, cross, sneeze, forgetting, remembering, talking

    B477.13 | Product or Activity of Man or Animal

    Haunted House, Street, Cemetery, Vanished City, Ruins, Hidden Treasure, Phantom Ship, cross, Sneeze, Forgetting, Remembering, Talking, etc.

B478 | Explanation of a name
Story of a person, place (Lover's Leap, Devil's Kitchen), group (Yankee, Hoosier). For folk etymology or dictionary of proper names see S226 or S580.
B480 | Water
B482 | Still water
B484 | Running water
B600 | Tale
Simple or complex episodic structure concerning events not dependent upon very specific elements of person, place, or time. This classification follows the divisions of Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson
B620 | Animal Tale
B640 | Ordinary Tale
B642 | Magic
B644 | Religious
B646 | Romantic Realistic
B648 | Stupid ogre
B660 | Jest Anecdote
B662 | Stupid man or woman
B663 | Married couple
B664 | Woman
B665 | Man
B666 | Lie Tall tale
B667 | Formula tale

A story in which the manner of telling is more important than the subject matter. Such tales are usually humorous. Subdivisions of the formula tale include the Cumulative tale, Chain tale, Catch tale, Unfinished tale, Endless tale, Round tale filled with contradictions, Shaggy Dog Story, See Jan Harold Brunvand, "A Classification for Shaggy Dog Stories," 76 (Jan. March, 1963), 42 68.

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