An Introduction to Mythology
Page: 3survivals of early custom, belief, narrative, and art.
Folk-tale. A primitive tale (a) of mythical origin; (b) of purely narrative or æsthetic value.
Legend. A story, generally of real places, often (though not necessarily) of real persons, handed down by 'tradition.'
Mythology is the study of a primitive or early form of religion while it was a living faith.
Folklore is the study of primitive religion and customs still practised.
Some authorities regard folklore and mythology as almost interchangeable words; others look upon myth as the groundwork of folklore; but for purposes of study we shall be wise if we regard as fundamental myth any tale in which a god or demigod figures which explains the making of the world, or the origin of some primitive custom among the peoples of antiquity or the backward races to-day, while folklore may denote the study of fragments or survivals of old belief or custom found among uneducated or semi-educated people in