||OJPCR: The Online Journal of
Peace and Conflict Resolution
Shared Peace Heritage Archive Project
The stories and sayings that make up the oral tradition of
any culture can provide insight into the foundational beliefs of a culture or
ethnic group about conflict and peace. In effect, they can act as a window into
a particular group's shared concepts about dealing with conflict.
The examination of these stories can aid in illustrating
the similarities and differences in various cultural approaches to peace and
The materials making up an oral tradition have advantages
over the study of state documents or philosophical texts. They have been
developed over time and are often more direct and simple. Additionally, it is
easier to transfer the knowledge of a culture to others through short
narratives rather than long academic tracts.
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