ABOUT THE 'HISTORICAL' AND THE 'LOCAL' LEGEND AND THEIR RELATIVES
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The most well known definition of the legend, and the fundamental one to all other definitions, is the one of the Brothers Grimm a legend is a story which is believed it is told about a definite real or fabulous person, event or place. Four factors are included in this definition 1 the legend fits somewhere in the dimension of the historical time of the narrator a the legend is connected with a definite historical real or fabulous event b the legend is connected with a definite person, i.e., a named historical real or fabulous figure 2 the legend fits somewhere in the dimension of the geographical space of the narrator it is connected with a definite place 3 the legend is a true story i.e., although it deals with supernatural events, it is believed by its bearers, it is regarded as being placed in the real world of the narrator and of his audience contrary to this the fairy-tale, also dealing with supernatural events, is not believed by the same narrating community. The Grimms propositions are examined on a corpus of Jewish-Near Eastern legendary material.
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