Myths • Religious origins • From the past • Explain the origins of life or define cultural values • May be considered form of history/philosophy.
Folklore • Present fictional plots • Unknown time/place • Explain how people handle their environment • Include fantasy elements • Involve people/animals that talk & act like people
Legends • Tale about the past • Alleged to be historical • About people, places or events • About a king, hero, saint, famous person or war figure • Set in specific time/place
Urban Legends • Fictional • Believable • Contemporary • May incl. traditional themes • Attributed to F.O.A.F. • Widely circulated
Wedding Rice Rice thrown at weddings can swell & kill birds
Food JELL-O is made from cow & pig bones, skins, & hides.
Fears Progesterex, a small sterilization pill used by vets to sterilize large animals, is now being used by rapists to rape & sterilize their victims.
Odd Behavior A man has been living at a Paris airport since 1988.
Grotesque? • Tales of horror • Appeal to baser senses • Elements of fear • Elements of disgust • Contain comedic elements • Things we can’t classify