MYTHS, LEGENDS, Have you ever thought why such How are stories told? FAIRYTALES and FABLES stories come about ? Storytelling is common to all cultures. This display Although stories are there to amuse and entertain, they Have you ever wondered how tales get passed on from Children enjoy dressing up as characters from stories (1) and explores the stories we are often told as children and often have more serious functions. Myths and legends generation to generation and from culture to culture? acting out stories with dolls (8), but many adults also like to through them the fabulous worlds and creatures we help to explain 'the how and why of life'. become a part of a mythical story or legend, through role are introduced to. The way stories are told has changed through time just as playing games. (9) Creation stories: stories about the beginning of the world our communication systems have changed. Thousands of Many famous stories have their origins in myth and and the origins of human beings are common to the years ago, most people passed on stories through the Different cultures have different traditional stories. When legend. Real events and people from long ago merge beliefs of most civilisations. In Japanese myth, the god spoken word. Some civilisations also used pictures, cultures meet, by trading, migration, occupation or sharing with myths and folk tales. Fantastic stories are created Kamui made the world from a slushy quagmire, and in symbols and early writing systems, for example the tomb of skills, their stories also meet. Sometimes the stories are and we can no longer be sure what is fantasy and what Hindu mythology, the universe was created by Brahma or paintings and hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt. (3) The written adapted to suit the new storytellers. Even as tourists today, is fact. The stories of Robin Hood (1)and King Arthur Purusha and it ebbs and flows as he sleeps and awakens. word (4) became increasingly important, particularly when we sometimes encounter stories from other cultures. (10) and his Knights of the Round Table are examples of printing meant that written stories became available to real people turned into legends. Stories are often interwoven with religious beliefs and more people who were able to read and write. Many fairytales have survived to capture popular moral codes. They can serve to give people a sense of imagination because they were 'collected' by people such as Fairytales and fables invite us into fictitious worlds, belonging but can also act to reinforce the moral codes of Performance was and still is used by many cultures to the Brothers Grimm. (12) Today, the global spread of enchanting us with make-believe. They usually have a societies. Many stories for example, feature gods and pass on tales. Masks (5) and make-up (6) can be used to information technology has also meant that, through means moral end to the stories and traditionally fairy-tales goddesses who punish or reward people's actions, setting an transform an actors identity and the forms and colours such as video, audio and the internet, stories have continued have happy endings. Classic tales may change through example to readers. used often have symbolic meanings. Stories are also told to be shared all over the world. (12) time, from country to country, and by the way that they are told, but the main themes stay the same. The through body gestures in mime and dance and through Some stories become associated with special festivals or puppets. (7) Q. Can you think of a myth, legend, fairytale or fable that has storyteller remains an important person in many times of the year. Tales involving ghosts and witches have been passed on to you? Who told it to you and how did they tell cultures, and we all make up our own stories, or become associated with Halloween (2) and religious stories it? elaborate on existing ones. are told during the Hindu festival of Navrati.