What is 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-Strauss ... within the specific fundamental parts of the myth, but rather within the composition of these parts ...
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 ... for fifteen minutes did 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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:

    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)

    To get time for civic work, for exercise, for neighborhood projects, reading or meditation, or just plain time to themselves, mothers need to hold out against the fairly recent but surprisingly entrenched myth that “good mothers” are constantly with their children. They will have to speak out at last about the demoralizing effect of spending day after day with small children, no matter how much they love them.
    —Wendy Coppedge Sanford. Ourselves and Our Children, by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, introduction (1978)

    The primary function of myth is to validate an existing social order. Myth enshrines conservative social values, raising tradition on a pedestal. It expresses and confirms, rather than explains or questions, the sources of cultural attitudes and values.... Because myth anchors the present in the past it is a sociological charter for a future society which is an exact replica of the present one.
    Ann Oakley (b. 1944)