Talk:Legend of Zora

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This seems MOSTLY theory, although it's true that it is the only hint toward feeding a fish to Jabu there should be a theory template in there just to clear up that some of this is hypothesised. Also, should it be called a "narrative?" As this is a fictional universe the texts are real to them, there is no evidence to support that there was never a practice of offering fish in their religion. It seems more like a ritual text or biblical guidelines. And, even then when Link feeds the fish, is he happy? No, he was eaten. :P Perhaps Jabu knew that he wanted the Spiritual Stone, and was aware it was inside him but still.. Maybe to the Zoran people it's an honour to be inside Jabu, but the shock of the king after Link shows the note from Ruto says otherwise. Anyway, if you need to fill in some gaps with theory you could post on a forum or get some community backing or whatever. Take a look at Gap Between Dimensions to see something similar. Oh and don't assume I know what I'm talking about, I'm sure you have much greater experience in this Wiki thing I'm just showing opinion.:) --Smighty 04:25, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

I don't see how this is mostly theory at all. The only theoretical line is "probably passed down in the Zora tribe orally or in written form." Since it's called the "Legend of Zora," it is apparently... A Legend. But I didn't want to say "the Legend of Zora is a legend," so I used the word narrative, since that is a common definition of a legend. (Actually, if you look at wikipedia under "Legend," which I did before starting this article, the common use of the word Legend today as meaning something fictional or miraculous is more of a modern twist. Really, the word Legend originally referred to something of a more historical nature. Using the word Legend or Narrative does not inherently imply that it is untrue or not of a religious nature. I would've liked to said something like "a narrative, probably of a religious nature," but I thought that might be construed as too theoretical. :P Either way, Legend is the word used in the game's text, so I'm going by this as faithfully as possible.) But the word narrative can be changed. The line about it being a Legend of Zelda reference seems pretty apparent to me, but it could also be a trivia bullet point. I don't really see how this could be considered a theoretical piece... I'm citing as many facts as possible according to the words used in the English translation. And this is a wiki... feel free to change anything you don't think is fitting. :) Embyr 75  --Talk-- 06:35, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
You make a good point, the page isn't really theory. It's quite simply stating what is with what given. Although narrative is a synonym for legend, personally I do not think it retains the cultural significance of the people. Although, I might be thinking way too much into it, The Legend of Zora, be it a text of importance or not, is closer to folklore. The Zoran people are the only race to believe that feeding a whale will bring happiness, similar to how Buddhist texts, such as the Dhammapada, consist of cultural tales, detailing morals and the Buddhist way of being through stories and wisdoms passed down. Feeding Jabu Jabu is their ritual to bring happiness, by offering their guardian fish and keeping what keeps them safe, healthy and pleased. Looking up Patron Deity also, seems the only suited role is protecter of their land. Which might be why they were able to be frozen, the whale was missing. Also, it's unusual for fresh water "fish" to worship a whale, don't ya think? --Smighty 07:28, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
I think you're right, citing it as some kind of Folklore instead might be more accurate and get the sense of its (probable) cultural significance better. :) Embyr 75  --Talk-- 23:46, 25 April 2013 (UTC)