Legends can also be famous or historically significant people, places, art, etc.. We sometimes say of someone who is extremely famous that they are a "legend" or "of legendary fame".
Examples of legends are Ali Baba, the Fountain of Youth, and the Loch Ness Monster. Some legends are stories about real people; others are not. Robin Hood for example might have been real but most the stories about him are definitely fiction.
Legendary emperors of Japan[change | change source]
The earliest Japanese emperors are believed to be mythical or legendary. These historical figures have been included in the traditional list of emperors since the reign of Emperor Kammu, who was the 50th monarch of the Yamato dynasty.
There is very little information for study from before the rule of the 29th monarch, Emperor Kimmei who reigned in the 6th century. Historians consider details about the life of Emperor Kimmei might not be true, but probably are.
Some details of the lives of the early emperors are considered likely to be untrue.
References[change | change source]
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- Titsingh, p. 64.
- Titsingh, p. 66.