A traditional body of stories and customs about supernatural beings within a culture.

A culture's folklore is a traditional body of stories and customs about supernatural beings. Some common examples include the works of the Brothers Grimm in Germany; the legend of Kintarō in Japan;

Folklore gives rise to fictional cultural heroes such as Paul Bunyan or John Henry in the United States; Kintarō in Japan; or Santa Claus, in many cultures. It also is the origin of fictional creatures such as kobolds, elves, kappa, and genies.

Folklore is distinct from in that while folktales may contain important cultural lessons, they are rarely considered true or sacred. For example Odin is a figure from mythology; Santa Claus is a figure from folklore. Sometimes figures move between the two categories as the culture changes - one may find elements from myths about Odin in folktales about Santa Claus.

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