I find it interesting that so many stories are told purely through oral story telling. I’m amazed that such things are able to occur. Though it seems to be like broken telephone, where you’re never going to get the same exact story, maybe that’s why it continued to survive for so long.
Like with the Iliad, the story is compelling enough that it is possible that the changes in variation kept the story telling from being boring, and were able to gain the audience the story teller needed in order to keep being requested to continue on with their performance because those who listened were aware it would change with the next time it was told.
This, in a sense, is a great wonder to me, because this tradition doesn’t occur in the same sense today, but like the textbook relates to, the idea that Urban legends are a form of oral traditions.
The idea that most people know of the alligator in the sewer of New York is proof that some traditions, no matter how small, in a way continue across generations and even distances.