Myth

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

Some articles on myth:

Structuralist Theory Of Mythology
... 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-S ... Although myth and language are of similar categories, language functions differently in 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 ... the one submerged for fifteen minutes did not even shatter, completely busting the myth ...
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" ...
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 ... English physician Montague David Eder wrote "The myth of progress states that civilization has moved, is moving, and will move in a desirable direction ... Sale, a self-proclaimed neo-luddite author, wrote exclusively about progress as a myth, in an essay entitled "Five Facets of a Myth" ...
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 ... 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 ... 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 ...

Famous quotes containing the word myth:

    Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels. To switch languages is to change the labels.
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)

    Two myths must be shattered: that of the evil stepparent . . . and the myth of instant love, which places unrealistic demands on all members of the blended family. . . . Between the two opposing myths lies reality. The recognition of reality is, I believe, the most important step toward the building of a successful second family.
    Claire Berman (20th century)

    The poet who speaks out of the deepest instincts of man will be heard. The poet who creates a myth beyond the power of man to realize is gagged at the peril of the group that binds him. He is the true revolutionary: he builds a new world.
    Babette Deutsch (1895–1982)