Hoax & Urban Legends
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An urban legend , urban myth , urban tale , or contemporary legend , is a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true. [ 1 ] As with all folklore and mythology, the designation suggests nothing about the story's veracity, but merely that it is in circulation, exhibits variation over time, and carries some significance that motivates the community in preserving and propagating it.
Urban legends perpetuate a type of folklore , endlessly circulated by word of mouth , repeated in news stories and distributed by e-mail .
Claim: An "Instructions for Life" chain mail mantra was written by the Dalai Lama. Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2000] Origins: Much as we can't help but grin at the thought of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, pecking away at a computer keyboard as he sends a chain glurge advising people to "approach love and cooking with reckless abandon" winging its way around the Internet, we have to admit that this list has nothing to do with the Dalai Lama.
This incomplete list is not intended to be exhaustive.
To forestall disputes among editors, religions and religious figures are excluded from inclusion in this category, although this may be disputed by some editors.
Brass Plaque on door at Tremedda farm, Zennor , Cornwall , England .
Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Les légendes contemporaines , appelées également légendes urbaines , sont bien définies par les folkloristes et les anthropologues de la communication . Les œuvres de Jan H.