A same legend, in different towns, changes the atmosphere, circumstances and characters, according to their social conditions because they come from different parts of the world, many characters, plots and ideas in them are similar. This last point is the one we will try to explain by grouping them by subjects: 1. THE IMPOSSIBLE LOVE These types of legends can be find in many countries. They emphasize the qualities and the greatness of the love between young people that have to get trough the obstacles along their path which prevent them to be together.
For them, the important thing is to love and to be near the loved being, although they probably lose their lives, but at the end these problems are solved by Love. 2. ORIGINS AND CREATION These “myths-legends” are the best example of the town’s necessity to answer natural events.
The principal character is nature and the story is developed in extraordinary places that in a way are geographically related to the town’s culture. The world’s creation is one of the themes most used by societies so there are many types of explanations about the same thing.RELIGIOUS FACTS AND LESSONS Religion was the first theme of legends so those religious legends can not be discarded so easy.
Mainly they are focused on a saint’s life which became important to the town. Very related to these ones we can find the “fable-legends” which have as a main objective to teach a lesson by telling what may happen if they do wrong. 4. REPRESENTATIVE ELEMENTS AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS All countries have at least one symbol that represents their culture, amazingly that symbols came from legends.They try to explain what they mean, what they represent and why they are so important to the town culture.
6. MYSTERIES AND URBAN LEGENDS Legends may sometimes be scary and based on noncomprehensible events. Every culture has their own mysteries unsolved and they try to give a possible answer to them by legends. But in many ocassions there is no answer, instead there’s only an statement of what may have happened. Terrifying, they can only be answered if they are lived by oneself.
Geoffreyis Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women is a collection of stories about nine famous women of classical antiquity who suffered or diede for love and who are thus regarded as saints or martyras in Cupid’s calendar. Bodies od legends have grown up aroun such figures as King Arthur, Robin Hood, the Flying Dutchman, Hamlet, and, in more recent times, Paul Bunyan and Johnny Applesed. For al this, legend are and will always be considered part of our life, because they are our history, our culture and our traditions, and therefore our present.