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Folklore Resources: Motif Indexes

This is a general guide to folklore resources

What is a motif index?

The primary all purpose motif index is to allow researchers to look for folktales or stories by theme, organized by broad categories, such as Escape by Deception, and Magic Animals, then subdivided into more detailed or granular indexing. This allows folklore researchers to locate stories which share the same elements.

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