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Man made Loch Ness Monster in a lake

Legends are usually very old stories with little or no evidence to prove them. Legends are often passed on by word-of-mouth. They are very similar to myths.

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

The current Emperor of Japan is considered the 125th monarch according to Japan's traditional order of succession.

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.

These legends are found in the earliest written records which date from the 8th century—the Kojiki (711) and the Nihonshoki (720).

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