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Modern day knowledge of the early Russian history exists because of folk tales In the developing Russian society between the years of 1100 AD and 1400 AD plagued by poverty the Mongol invasion and most importantly illiteracy keeping a written history of past events obviously was out of the question and oral tradition passed on the history from generation to generation Although mythological and fantastical folk tales repeatedly depict basic elements of Russian daily life and provide historically accurate details that give present-day historians insights into the Russian culture during its infancy The tales convey the significance of key factors such as the lack of arable land in an agriculturally dependent society the degree of poverty in the country and the importance of autocratic rule With virtually every opening similarly looking like In a certain village there was once a peasant The Seven Simeons In a certain town there once lived a merchant and his wife The Lad Who Knew the Language of the Birds and In a certain kingdom in a certain realm there was once a soldier who served the king The Petrified Kingdom the reader is immediately able to identify a few major characteristics The word certain echoes the troubles and uncertainties of the times and works to emphasize the importance of the oral traditions role in retaining the nations history Otherwise right from the first sentence it is evident that the tale will address a major theme of Russias early history be it agriculture poverty or autocracy Folk tales are used chiefly to set moral and ethical codes in the society Each story distinguishes between what is right and what is wrong what is acceptable and what is unacceptable what is moral and what is immoral Obedience of authority whether to a king he decided to take him to the king and ask him to take them into his service The Seven Simeons or to parents these words cut
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