Myth (disambiguation)

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A myth is, broadly, any worldview-based traditional story, or collection or study thereof:

  • Sacred narrative, which validates a religious system
  • Origin myth, which purports to describe the origin of some feature of the natural or social world
    • Creation myth, symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it
    • Etiological myth, intended to explain the origins of cult practices, natural phenomena, proper names and the like
  • Political myth, ideological explanation for a political phenomenon that is believed by a social group
  • Mythology, a body of myths (e.g., Greek mythology) or the academic discipline that studies myths
  • Fable
  • Folklore, a broad body of cultural traditions
    • Folkloristics, the formal, academic discipline devoted to the study of folklore
  • Legend, narrative that is perceived as within human history with certain qualities of verisimilitude
  • Urban legend, contemporary legend or modern story with motivating significance

Myth may also refer to:

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