Some examples of myths include the Greek story of Persephone’s abduction by Hades and the tale of Prometheus tricking Zeus into choosing a lesser offering. Myths are ancient stories that are typically used to explain som... More »

Examples of contemporary myths are stories about Tarzan, Superman and other superheroes; "The Lord of the Rings" also qualifies as contemporary myth. Like classical myths, these stories present larger-than-life heroes wh... More »

The two types of literature are written and oral. Written literature includes novels and poetry. It also has subsections of prose, fiction, myths, novels and short stories. Oral literature includes folklore, ballads, myt... More »

As Queen of the Olympians and wife of Zeus, Hera's special powers were varied and far-reaching; transmogrification, asexual reproduction, disguise, banishing mortals to Hades and the summoning of fierce and legendary cre... More »

The story of Hugo and Imelda, a couple living in Santa Rosa, tells the tale of why it is women who wash dishes. This story is often used in cultural studies, as it tells how this tradition came to be in the Philippines. More »

A tall tale is a story with elements that are unbelievable. Some of these stories are exaggerations of actual events, and others are completely imaginary but take place in settings such as the American frontier or the be... More » Art & Literature Folklore

One of the most famous Greek myths about Demeter involves the goddess cursing the earth after her daughter Persephone is kidnapped by Hades and taken to the underworld, causing plants to wither and die, and leaving the g... More » Art & Literature Folklore Mythology