That is a very good definition of the word myth. In fact, probably the best way to put it. Congrats!I searched google for forums concerning about myths
Thank you, E.M.That is a very good definition of the word myth. In fact, probably the best way to put it. Congrats!
So, now, what about the difference between a myth and a legend? Two words that should not be confused.
Keep in mind that legends are fabricated stories based around some nugget of truth. The Arthurian legends, for example, take place around a man, or many men, who changed the course of history and forged a government of some sort, that we today call the Knights of the Round Table. Now, of course, with all the fiction and magic that has been built up around it, we aren't sure what is the truth and what is made up. All we do know for sure is that there is some truth, somewhere, deep at the core of the stories. In some tales, Hadrian's Wall is featured, in others, Stone Henge. Some versions may contain both -- or neither.Thank you, E.M.
I would say that a legend is a story, or a popular belief (a.k.a. myth) that deserves proper analysis in order to scan for all the truth that it may contain.
So, legends are definitely fabrications that may contain some truth, but myths are more realistic, not definitely fabrications, and usually more recent.
- Legends are obviously fabricated stories that contain largely unrealistic characters and events, but may contain truth about people's way of life in the far past; but
- Myths are not obviously fabricated stories, they contain more realistic characters and events, and they may or may not be true as a whole or in parts.