Legends myths

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Presentation for a creative writing course at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. For the purposes of our writing activities, we defined legends as stories based in truth with unbelievable elements and myths as stories that explain why something has come to pass OR the tale of a hero.

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Legends myths

  1. 1. Legends
  2. 2. What are Legends? <ul><li>Legends are stories based in truth , but with unbelievable parts. </li></ul>Ogier the Dane
  3. 3. Legend Example <ul><li>Count Dracula </li></ul><ul><li>His real name was Vlad Dracula. </li></ul><ul><li>He was also known as Vlad the Impaler ( Vlad Tepes in Romanian). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Legend Example 2 <ul><li>Camecuaro Lake </li></ul><ul><li>Located in Mexico. </li></ul><ul><li>Thought be have been created by a Queen's tears. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Myths
  6. 6. What are Myths? <ul><li>Stories, usually from old religions, that teach lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>They can also explain why things happen , or how things in the past happened. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Myths <ul><li>The Creation Tale: How the world and humans came to be. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Creation Tales <ul><li>The Fourth World of the Hopi. </li></ul><ul><li>Each tribe given a piece of corn, symbolic of the life they would lead. </li></ul><ul><li>White men and the Powaka. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Creation Tales <ul><li>The creation of Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>Izanagi and Izanami with the spear creating islands. </li></ul><ul><li>Three children: Amaterasu, Tsuki-yami, Susano-wo. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Types of Myths <ul><li>The Hero Quest: A tale of a hero who goes through great trials to gain knowledge or power. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Gilgamesh (Babylonian) <ul><li>His best friend Enkidu dies before his eyes. </li></ul><ul><li>Goes on a quest to find immortality. </li></ul><ul><li>Learns how precious life is, and dedicates his life to helping his people. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Wunzh (Ojibwa) <ul><li>Goes on a rite of passage to become a man. </li></ul><ul><li>Encounters a spirit he must wrestle. </li></ul><ul><li>After killing the spirit, he gains the knowledge of farming corn. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other Myths (Greek, Roman) <ul><li>Arachne boasted she was a better weaver than Athena (Minerva). </li></ul><ul><li>Athena (Minerva) punished her by making her a spider. </li></ul><ul><li>This is why spiders make webs. </li></ul>

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