How many mothers are lullaby singers? How many fathers read their children bedtime stories today? Man's ability to speak and communicate sets him apart from other creatures. The ability of humans to communicate verbally and their intelligence, or cognitive ability to be aware of and visualize their surroundings, are the two key elements that drive the development of human society. It discusses the evolution of human society as it relates to oral tradition. Today, academics from many different fields of study are very interested in oral tradition. It also offers enormous potential for the study of communication. Without a script, it is a difficult procedure for one generation to pass on information about another's culture, customs, and behaviour through stories. An evaluation of oral tradition as a form of communication is provided in this article. It also addresses the question of whether oral traditions qualify as reliable historical sources.
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