What is mythology?

  • (noun): Myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person.
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Mythology

The term "mythology" can refer either to the study of myths (e.g., comparative mythology), or to a body or collection of myths (a mythos, e.g., Inca mythology). In folkloristics, a myth is a sacred narrative usually explaining how the world or humankind came to be in its present form, although, in a very broad sense, the word can refer to any traditional story. Bruce Lincoln defines myth as "ideology in narrative form". Myths typically involve supernatural characters and are endorsed by rulers or priests. They may arise as overelaborated accounts of historical events, as allegory for or personification of natural phenomena, or as an explanation of ritual. They are transmitted to convey religious or idealized experience, to establish behavioral models, and to teach.

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Some articles on mythology:

Harold Shea - The Original Series
... Shea intends to visit the world of Irish Mythology, and instead ends up in Norse mythology ... Castle of Iron," the Kalevala in "The Wall of Serpents," and finally (at last), Irish mythology in "The Green Magician." With "The Green Magician ... A final planned story set in the world of Persian mythology was never written, nor was a projected response to L ...
Knowledge Deity - List of Knowledge Deities - Celtic Mythology
... Ogma, a figure from Irish and Scottish mythology, said to have invented the Ogham alphabet Lugh,a figure from Irish mythology,said to be skilled in all arts ...
Blood Brother - Mythology
... In the mythology of northern Europe, Gunther and Högni became the blood brothers of Sigurd when he married their sister Gudrun in Wagner's Ring Cycle, the ...
Modern Mythology
... Immortals or Thor continue the trend of mining traditional mythology in order to directly create a plot for modern consumption ...

More definitions of "mythology":

  • (noun): The study of myths.

Famous quotes containing the word mythology:

    In the United States there’s a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. He who is successful is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner.
    Umberto Eco (b. 1932)

    Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula.
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    One memorable addition to the old mythology is due to this era,—the Christian fable. With what pains, and tears, and blood these centuries have woven this and added it to the mythology of mankind! The new Prometheus. With what miraculous consent, and patience, and persistency has this mythus been stamped on the memory of the race! It would seem as if it were in the progress of our mythology to dethrone Jehovah, and crown Christ in his stead.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)