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- noun Manufactured folklore presented as if it were genuinely traditional.
If the difference between folklore and "fakelore" is that someone has to be self-consciously deliberate about inventing a past, the difference may only exist in a meaningful way for a short period of time until others start experiencing the fakelore as folklore.
Neopagans are experts in this kind of historical fabrications, but there are examples of "fakelore" almost everywhere.
His research is pretty good, but he's only human -- he repeats "fakelore" like the Mad Gasser of Mattoon uncritically.
Incorporating Indian characters or traditions helps to establish a fantasy as American rather than stuck within those dominant British and other European traditions; Chabon has spoken explicitly about that goal in writing Summerland, which also includes the heroes of traditional American folklore (and fakelore), as well as a whole lot more.
By the time of the Soviet Union, however, it had become one of many groups playing sanitized folk music, now often called fakelore.
Whether a story be folklore, fakelore, or just an error, it becomes "fact" through repetition, an oral or written mantra if you will.
The word 'fakelore' is a compound of 'fake' and 'lore'.