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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Folklore In Mexican American Society
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Richard Goodman
Richard Goodman
Oct 22, 1976

Folklore in Mexican American Society

In this talk, Richard Goodman provides a brief overview of Mexican-American folklore. He defines folklore as the common values and unofficial heritage of a people.

Folklore can be stories, legends, proverbs, superstitions and songs. Goodman discusses these subgenres and provides brief examples. Stories usually convey moral principles, but they might also be for pure entertainment. Legends relate tales of good and bad men, or tragic characters like La Llorona, the woman who weeps nightly for her lost children. Proverbs or dichos are a form of folk poetry that offers cultural wisdom and advice. Superstitions are beliefs that can be traced to ancient Spain or old Mexico, and offer suggestions for avoiding harm. When they do fall ill with diseases of physical or spiritual nature, Mexican Americans often turn to curanderos, or folk curers. Corridos—or ballads—are another form of folklore that retells historical episodes from the Mexican American point of view.


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