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Legends are among the most fascinating genres of folklore…

“Legends are among the most fascinating genres of folklore, for they are timeless and universal forms of oral tradition. Legends reach back to antiquity, and they still survive in our highly industrialized modern society. While some legends have disappeared over the years, new legends constantly are being created. The old legends that have survived generally have been changed a great deal, for legends are readily influenced by changes in historical, social, and economic conditions. Since legends are of endless variety in content, length, and form, they virtually defy definition…”

–Ronald L. Baker, Hoosier Folk Legends (1982)

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