The acculturation of indigenous peoples worldwide, the disconnection of people from the natural world, and the spread of scientifically based knowledge facilitated by modern means of communication all work in concert to diminish the generation and proliferation of folklore in modern societies. With the ongoing loss of folk traditions in the modern world, so goes the place of insects in traditional folk beliefs and superstitions. Some continue to live on in various forms among contemporary societies, especially among indigenous people in places where the impact of the modern world has yet to take hold. The tidbits of factual observations and the incorrect information that came from antiquity through folklore formed the basis on which the first truly scientific naturalists started their work in the 16th century and led to modern scientific investigation. What was once a way of dealing with problems of unknown nature in our world is now being supplanted by stories of mere curiosity, which although largely untrue, provide interesting insight into the origin and development of human societies, cultures, and religions and are aesthetically pleasing to study.

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Further Reading

Bodenheimer, F. S. (1928). "Materialien zur Geschichteder Entomologie bis Linné," Vol. I. Junk, Berlin.

Clausen, L. W. (1954). "Insect Fact and Folklore." Macmillan Co., New York. Hogue, C. L. (1981). Commentaries in cultural entomology. 2. The myth of the louse line. EntomoL News 92, 53—55. Hogue, C. L. (1985). Amazonian insect myths. Terra 23, 10—15. Hogue, C. L. (1987). Cultural entomology. Annu. Rev. EntomoL 32, 181—199. Kirk, G. S. (1970). "Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other

Cultures." Cambridge University Press, London. Kritzky, G., and Cherry, R. (2000). "Insect Mythology." Writers Club Press, San Jose, CA.

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