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- they are taken from the oral tradition, where they have tremendous meaning imparted by their cultural context
- they are written down and standardized in books
- those texts are stored in libraries, where the stories gain another kind of context and meaning, one of academia and (one would hope) cross-cultural wonder
- the stories are eventually relearned and retold by storytellers who (through no fault of their own) can't have the deeper cultural context
- the stories are then uploaded to the internet, to a teller's page, a school project or some other form
- and again, the stories are relearned, now by someone thousands of miles away with even less context. At that point the stories are being told entirely without their cultural context; they have an entirely different life than in point 1.