Legends and myths are placed in environments which give them that mystic aura. Most stories in the legends are related to sites like mountains, lakes, caves, rivers or to buildings and constructions that are landmarks in any culture. Consequently, they all become tangible testaments to stories of the past. The places people inhabit enliven the myths and legends which are told over and over again.
Mountains are timeless and powerful and they have long been the home of legends and myths because they arouse people’s imagination. Mountains have been the home or just the meeting place of deities in almost every culture or religion. Their discouraging peaks and strong weather conditions made them unattainable by mortals and gave them a sense of sacredness and mystery. This explains why mountains appear as the central point in so many legends. They are either the main characters (the legend explaining the formation of them) or they are the settings where the story evolves.
Caves are perhaps the most mysterious settings for legends and myths. They induced a feeling of awe and a state of wonder to ancient people, who thought that spirits, mythical creatures or supernatural guardians lived in these subterranean realms, hiding from humans or just taking their power from there. Caves were also considered magic entrances into the underworld.
Castles, which are spectacular architectural creations, are part of every country’s folklore and legends. They are mainly tied to important historic characters or the foundation of a city and have international fame. There are also legends that present beliefs which were practiced in the process of building important structures, such as churches or bridges. These practices were related to human sacrifice, which was performed to gain benevolence from supernatural powers that tried to prevent the master-builders from finishing their work.
Forests, with their mysterious shadows, were believed to be populated by fabulous creatures with extravagant appearance and mischievous behaviour. Consequently, the forests can seem untouchable and separate from the rest of the world.