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The lure of South African lore and legend

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Designed by Hein Botha, these stamps were issued on 1 July 2005.

All cultures have their own folk tales. They feature characters that their audiences know and experiences they can identify with. The main purpose of oral story telling is entertaining, and as stories are told and retold, the exploits of the characters often become greatly exaggerated and they achieve legendary status. Folk tales are often intended to explain the way things are and the characters often represent certain values: kindness, cruelty, love or hatred. Kindness is rewarded with kindness, deviousness with tricks and the character usually learns some kind of lesson.

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