Folk Lore is a body of the collected beliefs, customs,
superstitions and traditions of a people orally passed on from one
person to the next and usually generation to generation. It may not be
correct information but it is believed. It includes proverbs, sayings,
oral tales, or old wives tales, traditions, dances, songs, customs,
anecdotes, myths and legends. It is from folk lore that folk tales are
derived. Robin Hood and
Paul Bunyan would be examples of folk heroes and
part of the folklore in Great Britain and the United States,
Myth, derived from the greek word "Muthos" meaning story,
is a collection of legends based on imaginary or fictitious things,
persons or events. It usually concerns heroes and quests of epic
proportions. It is something unproven in fact, we like to believe in
even though we know it is false and is told to explain or justify an
event, person, or a social institution. Myths are fanciful falsehoods!
Robin Hood and his Adventures in
Sherwood Forest, and King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are
examples of Myths, they being collections of stories based on the legend
Fables are short parables
or narratives told in verse or prose which comment on the human
condition. They usually have a hidden message or moral and are of an
allegorical nature. The characters are not intended to be perceived as
individuals but rather as symbols, representative of a body of people,
morals, ideals or an abstract thereof. The real story lies beneath what
it appears to be on the surface. Aesop's
Fables and Uncle Remus are the
best examples of the Fable. George Orwell's
"Animal Farm" is an example of an allegorical story and though
not a short parable, but, rather a long narrative, comments on the human
condition with each animal representing an ideology or character trait.
A Legend is a traditional, non-historical story or stories based on the real world, handed down one generation to the next as if it were historical fact but, can not be authenticated as such. The populace however, accepts these as historical truths germane to a particular people, locale or nation. The person who is at the center of these stories is thus a legend with a character usually of admirable qualities. Robin Hood, King Arthur, Davy Crockett and William Tell are all legends.
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