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Introduction to Mythology


 

Legends

 

Legends are traditional stories, rooted in historical fact, where the main protagonists are human beings that actually lived.  Gods or Goddesses may be participants, but they are not the main characters. The adventures of the humans are exaggerated, but they may have some basis in fact.

 

Examples:

The Iliad

The Three Hermits (Tolstoy Story)

 

 


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