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World FluteloreFolktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power$
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Dale A. Olsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037887

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037887.001.0001

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Flutes and Unethical/Ethical Behavior

Flutes and Unethical/Ethical Behavior

(p.144) Chapter 11 Flutes and Unethical/Ethical Behavior
World Flutelore

Dale A. Olsen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses flutes and both unethical and ethical behavior. Many of the folktales presented in this book can be interpreted as pertaining to unethical or ethical human behavior, even when the main actors are animals. This is one of the main functions of folklore—to instruct humans in proper ethical behavior within its cultural boundaries. Many folktales could properly end, “The moral of this story is ...” However, their charm is often the aspect of leaving the interpretation of a moral up to the listener or reader of the story. The stories in this chapter deal with behaviors such as greed and honesty.

Keywords:   flutetales, folk tales, morals, ethical behavior, unethical behavior, flutes, greed, honesty

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