The term oral literature refers not to written, but to oral traditions, which includes different types of epic, poetry and drama, folktales, ballads. However the use of this oxymoron is controversial and not generally accepted by the scientific community. Some prefer to avoid the etymological question using "oral narrative tradition", "oral sacred tradition", "oral poetry" or directly using epics or poetry (terms that do not necessarily imply writing), others prefer to create neologisms as orature.
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... Oral literature (or orature) may be in prose or verse ... The prose is often mythological or historical and can include tales of the trickster character ...
... Although deaf people communicate manually rather than orally, their culture and traditions are considered in the same category as oral literature ... Stories, jokes and poetry are passed on from person to person with no written medium ...
... Early Malay literature was influenced by Indian epics, such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, which later included other traditions that now form the Malay literary heritage, such as the ... For the Orang Asli, literature was and still is constituted by accounts of actual events ... people in Sarawak are shaped in part by oral traditions ...
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