This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom. The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]
Can’t resist a good urban legend? Apparently, you are not alone. Urban legends have been around for a very long time as the first recorded story dated back far in 1968 but the term itself was introduced by Jan Harold Brunvand of the University of Utah when he authored a series of books in 1981. Since then, all stories with questionable authenticity and authorship are considered as an urban legend.
Urban legend goes by the name of urban myth and urban tale as well but contrary to what the name implies, they don’t exist in urban settings exclusively. They also “occur” in homes of famous celebrities and city dwellers. It can also appear on brand names and manufacturing facilities. The word urban is only used to differentiate a traditional folklore from an urban legend.
Urban myths are passed usually from one’s mouth to another; some even found its way to newspapers but with the advent of the internet, alas! They are free to circulate by emails. They are stories held factual by the storyteller and most of the time they are told with great drama and conviction. Actually, some of the urban legends are true but somehow they are blown out of proportion and grow farther from the truth over time.
A typical urban legend must have the right blend of mystery, terror, alarm or hilarity and of course, a grain of truth in order for it to circulate persistently. They are usually tales of warnings and caution with a hint of motherly advises to stay away from something bad or else they will pay for it dearly. They usually victimize gullible people or strike a lesson for someone doing bad deeds. Urban legends transform from one city to another setting for it to adapt to its new environment.