What is myth?

  • (noun): A traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people.

Some articles on myth:

Structuralist Theory Of Mythology
... a French anthropologist, makes the claim that "myth is language" ... Lévi-Strauss clarifies, "Myth is language, functioning on an especially high level where meaning succeeds practically at 'taking off' from the linguistic ground on which it keeps rolling." Lévi-Strauss breaks down ... Meaning is not isolated within the specific fundamental parts of the myth, but rather within the composition of these parts ...
Myth Of Progress - Criticisms - Myth of Progress
... Some 20th-century authors refer to the "Myth of Progress" to challenge the Idea of Progress, especially the assumption that the human condition will inevitably improve ... In 1932 English physician Montague David Eder wrote "The myth of progress states that civilization has moved, is moving, and will move in a desirable direction ... Kirkpatrick Sale, a self-proclaimed neo-luddite author, wrote exclusively about progress as a myth, in an essay entitled "Five Facets of a Myth" ...
Continuará... - The Focal Myth
... Every year "Continuará..." adopts a popular myth around which it creates the theme of the event ... In 2007 they used the myth of "King Arthur and the Round Table" and for 2008 the chosen myth was "The trials of Hercules" ...

Famous quotes containing the word myth:

    The myth of black women profiting at the expense of black men is the oldest rap around.
    Johnnetta Betsch Cole (b. 1936)

    By blood we live, the hot, the cold,
    To ravage and redeem the world:
    There is no bloodless myth will hold.
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932)

    The primary function of myth is to validate an existing social order. Myth enshrines conservative social values, raising tradition on a pedestal. It expresses and confirms, rather than explains or questions, the sources of cultural attitudes and values.... Because myth anchors the present in the past it is a sociological charter for a future society which is an exact replica of the present one.
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944)