Post by Ol' John Brown on Sept 7, 2004 1:47:29 GMT -5
I got to thinking about the difference between myth, legend and folklore and here's what I came up with . . . this could of course, be wrong . . .
Myth seems usually to be a story that has to do with a set of beliefs, now pretty much accepted as untrue . . . well, a myth.
Legend usually seems to be a story handed down by word of mouth, told as (but often not verified to be) historical truth.
Folklore is where it seems to get most tricky. Maybe it encompasses both myth and legend? Folklore often deals with a set of beliefs, some of which are accepted presently as untrue BUT some stories are, or may be true.
So, here's my fuzzy guess:
First, I'm guessing that they all can overlap.
Next, myth is likely defined by a set of beliefs now widely accepted as untrue . . . mythology.
Finally, folklore could possibly be a collective term used for both myths and legends?
This is just my best guess playing with a dictionary or two.
I am new here and am just "jumping in". In fact this is only the 2nd board I've been on so here goes. My mama grew up on Evans Gap. She was an Evans. Was it true that at one time possibly after WWII that zoo animals were released on the mountain because there wasn't enough food for them? I guess I ought to tell you that Evans Gap is in Maggie Valley. I really like this website and I am sure I'll be up way past my bedtime reading all the good stuff on here.