Urban Legend

By Sourav Ghosh - January 28, 2018


URBAN LEGEND

"An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale or contemporary legend is a form of modern folklore. It is usually presented as the true with strange, macabre or humorous elements without any evidence, rooted in local popular culture that often seems like a fictional story for entertainment purpose. Also, these legends can be used as semi serious explanation for random events such as disappearances and strange objects. Despite its name, an urban legend does not necessarily originate in an urban area. Rather the term is used to differentiate modern legend from traditional folklore in pre-industrial items. For this reason, sociologists and folklorist prefer the term contemporary legend. Urban legend are sometimes repeated in news stories and in recent years distributed by email. Some urban legends have passed down through the years and various places with only minor changes to suit regional variations."

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