From the article: What Is Myth?
Myth means many things. To some it means little more than "lie." To others it has no particular truth value, but refers to a type of story. When you use "myth", what do you mean by it? Do certain Greek myths seem to fulfill your definition of myth particularly well? How? Are some of the definitions provided on this site right on and others way off? Which is which?
Please use standard, punctuated English for your answer. How Do You Define It
what is myth?
- Myth is the story which is characterized by magic figures sometime beyond the truth itself about the past but have historical significance to particular society mostly the charactres are not human being.
- —Guest emanuel
What is Myth?
- I believe a myth to be a story that has no evidence to prove it true or false. Many people can believe 'em or not as much as they like, though some arguments have no end, like people arguing over paranormal and religion. I do believe that there are many ways to view what myth is depend on the myth in question.
- —Guest Krystal
- Myth is the stories told to some group of people about other people for the future
- —Guest 07089130393
What is a Myth?
- A myth is a true historic story told, not in prose, but in an ancient form of poetry. The rules of this poetic form, not being rhythm or rhyme, as we are now-a-days used to, but the tales were told using religious symbolisms instead of being told prosaically. What the symbols meant, as part of the ancient culture, were once widely understood. However, as time went by, we have forgotten what the symbols once stood for, and so we are stuck “understanding” these stories literally. Sometimes, we can use the understanding of our own religious symbolisms to help us better understand the myths. For instance, when a Christian hears the term “the bride of the Lamb” we know that it is not referring to an individual maiden that has fallen in love with a Lamb. We know that it means “the church of Christ.” Or if a Jew hears the term “the virgin Israel” he knows that it is not denoting a very chaste individual woman named after the Hebrew patriarch, but rather that it is supposed to indicate the en
What is Myth?
- A myth is an enigmatic narrative for an illiterate folk providing him/her the indecipherable etiological stories of the entire cosmos including all the creature who occupy it, more often, beyond his/her comprehension. However, viewed from analytical perspective, it is a science of pre-scientific age and a truth much older than modern science itself. It appears so when we take it not in its literal, but allegorical connotation. it's more of a philosophical,phenomenological, and epistemological in nature inquiring into the primeval mysteries governing the universe since time immemorial, and that have been provoking human minds,irrespective of regions, nationality, and cultural spaces, to speculate ceaselessly alongside science. Nontheless, one should not ignore it to be a mere work of fiction, rather recon it to be a creative idea as abstract and paradoxical as any truth. The deeper we delve into it, the better it is for all mankind sans interpolation. —Guest bori kamala
- —Guest borikamala
how do you define myth?
- A myth is and enigmatic narrative for an illiterate folk providing him/her the indecipherable etiological stories of the entire cosmos including all the creature who occupy it, more often, beyond his/her comprehension. however, viewed from analytical perspective, it is a science of pre-scientific age, and a truth much older than modern science itself. It appears so when we take it not in its literal, but allegorical connotation. it's more of a philosophical,phenomenological, and epistemological in nature inquiring into the primeval mysteries governing the universe since time immemorial, and that have been provoking human minds,irrespective of regions, nationality, and cultural spaces, to speculate ceaselessly alongside science. Nontheless, one should not ignore it to be a mere work of fiction, rather recon it to be a creative idea as abstract and paradoxical as any truth. The deeper we delve into it, the better it is for all mankind sans interpolation.
- —Guest bori kamala
- a tale that may or may not have its origins in actual events, which has been modified multiple times through retelling in an oral tradition, that teaches cultural life lessons, morals, and traditions desired by the culture in which it formed
- —Guest archtype
My myth definition by Halley James
- A myth is a short story that is told from childhood to adulthood. A myth is also a made up or retold story. As a result that is my definition of a myth.
- —Guest Halley James
What i think a myth is
- A myth is a type of word that everyone has a different defenition for but my definition is , a myth is something that could be true or not. Myths are made up or changed around a bit thus creating something that spreads very quickley.
- —Guest polar bear 2,000
- it is a story, usually an account of a real event that happened in times when people did not invent writing. It is retold many times, passed on from a generation to a generation, so at the time when it finally can be written down, it has very few traits typical for the specific event. When we are seeing something from a distance, our brain can not put in perspective. Same with myths; their characters are often gigantic, or very small, or amazingly beautiful, or ugly. Everything is distorted. "Parallel myths" are more credible and interesting. For example, if the Great Flood is mentioned in the Bible, and in Babylonian epos, it gives more credibility to the story. If you do not find a similar myths, say, in South America, you may conclude that a huge flood encompassed the area of Europe, Asia and Mesopotamia, but did not go as far as South America.
Myth has all the missing pieces...
- ... that round-out the World view of those who believe it is real.
- —Guest Ralph Patton
- The term myth originates from the Greek word mythos which means story or word. In the times these narratives were told, they were believed by many people and seen as legitimate stories, whereas nowadays it is quite obvious these incidences did not occur due to the credibility of the story. The narratives are much exaggerated and there is no real evidence to support them. If a myth has any true aspects it would therefore be a legend.
- —Guest melissa
Definition of Myth
- Most myths were developed prior to the advent of writing and certainly before most people had any inkling of what the written word meant. These were easily remembered tales that contained important information that in its basic form were facts that were liable to be forgotten. The invented stories enabled this info to be carried through successive generations. Writing has been around for so long that the methodology has been forgotten and today most people struggle to understand the concept. Plato's Atlantis and the Flood Story are two god examples that are fully explained in my book Deluge From Genesis to Atlantis at http://www.completelynovel.com/books/82665
Mythology Helps Understand Life
- Mythology helps us understand and relate to the mystery of our lives. It becomes a traditional or legendary story that explains our culture. It defines our place and our being.
- —Guest Actxiom101
Myth as a Label
- I dislike the word myth because it is too much of a definitive label. People dismiss things as "myths", end of discussion! In truth, one man's myth is another man's fact. You can argue about it until you're blue in the face, but it is a pointless exercise. As pointless as arguing religion. I do not believe in God, any god. But whole civilisations have been built on the premise that there is a god. Like religion, there will always be people who insist on imposing their myths as universal truth, while others dismiss anything they don't believe in or can't see proof (whatever that is, anyway) of as myth.
- —Guest firstname.lastname@example.org
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