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What is the difference between folklore, legend, myth, and superstition?

Many times the terms have been used interchangeably, but the differences far outweigh the similarities. 

Folklore tends to be localized to a small region or settlement.  It generally both fictional and factual.

Legend is a term that is defined as a story (written or oral) that commemorates an event, person, nation, or fictional entity that occurred sometime in the distant past, but could also include regaling something more recent.

Myth is most generally a term used t indicate a belief system that can be localized, cultural, or widespread.  This belief system can include areas such as witchcraft, religion, national origins, explanations for historical and recent events, and the worldview of one or more people groups.  It is usually more extensive and detailed than folklore or legend and often serves as a defining characteristic of a national belief system, political venue, or the heritage of a specific people group. 

Superstition is a word that describes the often imaginative explanation of unexplained events or experience coupled with an application to the conduct of a person or diverse groups of people.  It differs from the previous three terms mainly in that

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