Modern day sightings of the Loch Ness Monster are thought to have begun in 1933, when a couple reported an “enormous animal rolling in the lake.”
St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Scotland’s Loch Ness
Decade after decade, century after century, sightings of the Loch Ness Monster continue to be shared by word of mouth.
It’s originally told that Ireland’s St. Columba spotted a beast moving toward a swimmer in the lake. When the saint made the sign of the cross, the monster quickly retreated. Ever since, tales of a dinosaur-like creature prowling the lake’s murky depths have surfaced, even as some have used cameras, sonar, and other technologies to debunk the myth.
In this fashion, the art of storytelling carries a tale down through the centuries, regardless of whether the teller can read or write. Sometimes stories may be embellished by a speaker; other times they are surprisingly consistent from one age to the next.