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Mythology Project[edit]

Objective: This is a place to discuss and coordinate issues relating to mythology and related articles in the Wikipedia. To date, there has been extensive discussion regarding the use of the word mythology. See Talk:Mythology.

Scope: Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to help with the "To Do" list. In addition, to help read, edit, write, categorize, review and assess the many mythology categories and stubs.


The word mythology (Greek: μυθολογία, from μυθος mythos, a story or legend, and λογος logos, an account or speech) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use supernatural events or characters to explain the nature of the universe and humanity. In modern usage, mythology is either the body of myths from a particular culture or religion (as in Greek mythology, Egyptian mythology or Norse mythology) or the branch of knowledge dealing with the collection, study and interpretation of myths. In common usage, myth means a falsehood — a story which many believe to be based on fact but which is not true. However, the field of mythology does not use this definition....Myths are narratives about divine or heroic beings, arranged in a coherent system, passed down traditionally, and linked to the spiritual or religious life of a community, endorsed by rulers or priests. Once this link to the spiritual leadership of society is broken, they lose their mythological qualities and become folktales or fairy tales. Not every religious narrative is a myth however; unless it is deeply rooted in tradition, it may also be trivial pious anecdote or legend.

— citing mythology article 12/4/06, Wikipedia


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In any given society three main elements work together to reinforce and stabilize each other, and in turn stabilize that society. These three elements are language, myth, and religion. No human culture has ever been found without all three, and they feed into one another in a very stable system.

— Benjamin Shender, Apr. 5, 2006, The Social Trinity

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