American Folklore By Jan Harold Brunvand

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In the textbook, the study of American folklore by Jan Harold Brunvand, it gives the definition of a myth as “traditional pose narratives, which in the society in which they are told, are considered to be truthful accounts of what happened in the remote past” (Brunvand 170). Anthropologist William Bascom expressed that myths are similar to legends in the way they are told, described, and the main characters that they contain. However, myths vary from legends because they are revered and they take place in another world or an earlier world, instead of a historical past. One element that myths include is a supernatural component to explain “the creation of the world and its transformations into the condition in which we know it” (Brunvand 176).

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