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Old 12-28-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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We always read a couple of legends that were about flowers that grow wild here in Texas. So not all legends are about people. I agree that the definitions of the different kinds of traditional literature can be confusing and there is some overlap.

The Legend of the Bluebonnet

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...the_Bluebonnet

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ian_Paintbrush


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I'm getting ready for a unit that covers fables , folktales and legends. Later we'll cover Greek mythology. I have materials I typically use, but am looking to expand. When researching the definitions, the meaning of a legend seems inconsistent to me. Are they always about a person or not?? Some sources lump together myths and legends.
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To me, myths usually explain how something came to be in nature or the world that is obviously fictionalized while legends are more often based in fact (like about a real person) but have exaggerated details that make the person seem larger than life.
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To add to KatieViolet's excellent explanation: folktales tend to be regional or cultural and lean towards "and the moral of the story is..." OR they are similar to legends to explain a natural phenomenon. Often include talking animals. I often think of Aesop's Fables as folktales.
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