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Top 30 analogous words or synonyms for myth

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Myth Human cultures usually include a cosmogonical or creation myth, concerning the origins of the world, or how the world came to exist. The active beings in myths are generally gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, or animals and plants. Most myths are set in a timeless past before recorded time or beginning of the critical history. A myth can be a story involving symbols that are capable of multiple meanings.
Myth According to Albert A. Anderson, a professor of philosophy, the term "mythos" appears in the works of Homer and other poets of Homer's era. In these works, the term had several meanings: conversation, narrative, speech, story, tale, and word. Like the related term "logos", "mythos" expresses whatever can be delivered in the form of words. Anderson contrasts the two terms with "ergon", a Greek term for action, deed, and work.
Myth The term "mythos" lacks an explicit distinction between true or false narratives.
Myth Bruce Lincoln has called attention to the apparent meaning of the terms "mythos" and "logos" in the works of Hesiod. In "Theogony", Hesiod attributes to the Muses the ability to both proclaim truths and narrate plausible falsehoods (falsehoods which seem like real things). The verb used for narrating the falsehoods in the text is "legein", which is etymologically associated with "logos". There are two variants in the manuscript tradition for the verb used to proclaim truths. One variant uses "gerusasthai", the other "mythesasthai". The latter is a form of the verb "mytheomai" (to speak, to tell), which is etymologically associated with "mythos". In the "Works and Days", Hesiod describes his dispute with his brother Perses. He also announces to his readers his intention to tell true things to his brother. The verb he uses for telling the truth is "mythesaimen", another form of "mytheomai".
Myth The term is common in the academic fields of mythology, mythography. or folkloristics. Use of the term by scholars has no implication for the truth or falsity of the myth. While popular usage interchangeably employs the terms legend, fiction, fairy tale, folklore, fable and urban legend, each has a distinct meaning in academia.
Myth A myth is any traditional story consisting of events that are ostensibly historical, though often supernatural, explaining the origins of a cultural practice or natural phenomenon. The word "myth" is derived from the Greek word mythos (), which simply means "story". Mythology can refer either to the study of myths, or to a body or collection of myths. Myth can mean 'sacred story', 'traditional narrative' or 'tale of the gods'. A myth can also be a story to explain why something exists.
Myth Lincoln draws the conclusion that Hesiod associated the "speech of "mythos"" (as Lincoln calls it) with telling the truth. While he associated the "speech of "logos"" with telling lies, and hiding one's true thoughts (dissimulation). This conclusion is strengthened by the use of the plural term "logoi" (the plural form of "logos") elsewhere in Hesiod's works. Three times the term is associated with the term "seductive" and three times with the term "falsehoods". In his genealogy of the gods, Hesiod lists "logoi" among the children of Eris, the goddess personifying strife. Eris' children are ominous figures, which personify various physical and verbal forms of conflict.
Myth To the source culture a myth by definition is "true", in that it embodies beliefs, concepts and ways of questioning to make sense of the world.
Myth A myth is a sacred narrative because it holds religious or spiritual significance for those who tell it. Myths also contribute to and express a culture's systems of thought and values, such as the myth of gremlins invented by aircraft technicians during World War II to avoid apportioning blame. Myths are often therefore stories that are currently understood as being exaggerated or fictitious.
Myth David Wiles points that the traditional "mythos" of Ancient Greece, was primarily a part of its oral tradition. The Greeks of this era were a literate culture, but produced no sacred texts. There were no definitive or authoritative versions of myths recorded in texts and preserved forever in an unchanging form. Instead multiple variants of myths were in circulation. These variants were adapted into songs, dances, poetry, and visual art. Performers of myths could freely reshape their source material for a new work, adapting it to the needs of a new audience or in response to a new situation.