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Should we rename the site to “Mythology & Folklore Studies”?

You may or may not be aware of this, but there is an academic field called "folklore studies". I've been reading up on the field, and I think renaming the site to "Mythology & Folklore Studies" will have a number of benefits:

  1. Folklore has a clear definition. To quote from Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies (available from JSTOR and from a library), folklore is:

    The thing that distinguishes folklore from these other forms of cultural expression is the way it's transmitted... In folk culture, the lore is typically shared by word of mouth; more generally, we say it's shared person to person (which could include direct conversation, indirect observation, e-mail, phone calls, online chats, etc.).

  2. Unlike mythology, "Folklore Studies" is a professional discipline. There are folklore programs at universities, professional folklore organizations, etc. etc. Tying our site to a professional discipline will allow us to recruit from that discipline, make the site more attractive to professionals, as well as give our site a clearer purpose.

  3. I think that we should continue to include the word "mythology" in our name. This is partially because mythology is the word that most of the public associated with out content, and partially because some of the texts we analyze aren't strictly folklore (although most are written recordings of folklore, e.g. the odyssey)

Thoughts? We shouldn't make a decision right away, but I would like to put the idea out there and get feedback.

It would also be nice if we could get more questions about folklore that aren't strictly about ancient (religious) stories. If you're looking for inspiration, the online AFS folklore collection is a good place to start.