Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.

— Alan Dundes

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Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations, transitions, and incorporations.


I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their own personal knowledge of national, regional, religious, ethnic, occupational, and family folklore traditions.


My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.


In my introductory course, Anthropology 160, the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what the major and minor genres of folklore are, and how they can be analyzed.


Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.


I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in American worldview involves time: past, present, and future.


Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine likely directions and trends, but once taken, they belong to the past, requiring that new polls be taken.


Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more and more people move from rural to urban sites, but that has created enormous problems with respect to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.


Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.

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