A legend is presumed to have some basis in historical fact and tends to mention real people or events. Historical fact morphs into a legend when the truth has been exaggerated to the point that real people or events have taken on a romanticized, “larger than life” quality.
In contrast, a myth is a type of symbolic storytelling that was never based on fact. Throughout time, myths have sought to explain difficult concepts with the help of common story devices, such as personification and allegories. These words are commonly used interchangeably to refer to the fictitious nature of something. Historically and academically, however, there is a difference.
As myths tend to include supernatural elements in a timeless past, there is no objective proof for them. Legends are stories based on historical events or figures and hence usually exist within a certain time frame and can be placed on a real timeline. They can be verified to some degree, though it may only be to a very minor degree. All over the world there are extraordinary stories that once upon a time were believed to be true but are today limited to the sphere of ancient myths and legends. The question remains, are those myths and legends stories something that existed in the minds of our ancestors, or were they based on true events? It is true that most of those ancient myths and legends stories appear to the scientific world as fictitious products of vivid imaginations whose goals were purely to explain phenomena beyond their comprehension.
“Myth” is mostly synonymous with fiction due its lack of supporting evidence. The term “fantasy” is also synonymous in most cases.
Legends may include facts, but they are not entirely factual themselves; the truth in them has been distorted over time, usually for the sake of a good story.
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