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Thread #139929   Message #3471169
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
25-Jan-13 - 08:24 AM
Thread Name: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
Subject: RE: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
"Folk tradition" is just a fancy way of saying "people who sing these songs."

By the time the collectors got to them, some may have forgotten the original order and others may mot have "got" the symbolism in the first place.

It isn't quite metaphorical chaos, but one can't judge from one or two well-known texts.