Differences between Legend, Myth and Folktale
Myths

Legends

Folktales

are considered truth
by the originating society

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Legend myth-folktale

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Legend myth-folktale

  1. 1. Differences between Legend, Myth and Folktale Myths Legends Folktales are considered truth by the originating society are considered truth based on actual historical events are fictional not taken seriously usually have deities with humans have historical figures warriors/ heroes have animal or human characters, supernatural foes helpers take place in an earlier world are in less remote lands/ more recent times are timeless, placeless are explanations of existence/nature are embroideries of historical fact show reward of good punishment of evil are sacred are secular are secular

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