Myth

  • (noun): A traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people.

Some articles on myth:

Myth Busters (2009 Season) - Episode 129 - Hurricane Windows - Liquid Nitrogen Myths
... Myth statement Status Notes A human head dipped into liquid nitrogen for five seconds can be shattered into pieces (based on a scene from the film Jason X) ... To really simulate human flesh and bone, the myth was then retested using two pigs' heads ... not even shatter, completely busting the myth ...
Myth Of Progress - Criticisms - Myth of Progress
... Some 20th-century authors refer to the "Myth of Progress" to challenge the Idea of Progress, especially the assumption that the human condition will inevitably improve ... In 1932 English physician Montague David Eder wrote "The myth of progress states that civilization has moved, is moving, and will move in a desirable direction ... Kirkpatrick Sale, a self-proclaimed neo-luddite author, wrote exclusively about progress as a myth, in an essay entitled "Five Facets of a Myth" ...
Structuralist Theory Of Mythology
... Lévi-Strauss, a French anthropologist, makes the claim that "myth is language" ... Lévi-Strauss clarifies, "Myth is language, functioning on an especially high level where meaning succeeds practically at 'taking off' from the linguistic ground on which it keeps rolling." Lévi-Strauss breaks down ... not isolated within the specific fundamental parts of the myth, but rather within the composition of these parts ...
Seven Myths Of The Spanish Conquest - Chapters
... Chapter 1 deals with what Restall calls "the Myth of exceptional men" — the belief that the Spanish Conquest was enabled by certain outstanding individuals such as Columbus, Cortés ... Chapter 2 deals with what Restall calls "the Myth of the King's Army" — the belief that the Spanish conquest was undertaken at the behest of the King of Spain and that the conquistadors ... Chapter 3 deals with what Restall calls "the Myth of the White Conquistador" — the belief that the Spanish conquest was accomplished by a small number of white Spaniards ...
Continuará... - The Focal Myth
... Every year "Continuará..." adopts a popular myth around which it creates the theme of the event ... In 2007 they used the myth of "King Arthur and the Round Table" and for 2008 the chosen myth was "The trials of Hercules" ...

Famous quotes containing the word myth:

    One of the oddest features of western Christianized culture is its ready acceptance of the myth of the stable family and the happy marriage. We have been taught to accept the myth not as an heroic ideal, something good, brave, and nearly impossible to fulfil, but as the very fibre of normal life. Given most families and most marriages, the belief seems admirable but foolhardy.
    Jonathan Raban (b. 1942)

    How then can we account for the persistence of the myth that inside the empty nest lives a shattered and depressed shell of a woman—a woman in constant pain because her children no longer live under her roof? Is it possible that a notion so pervasive is, in fact, just a myth?
    Lillian Breslow Rubin (20th century)

    The myth of black women profiting at the expense of black men is the oldest rap around.
    Johnnetta Betsch Cole (b. 1936)