What is myth?

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

Some articles on 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 ... 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" ...
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, Cort ... 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 ... 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 ...
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 ... the specific fundamental parts of the myth, but rather within the composition of these parts ...
Continuará... - The Focal Myth
... 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 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 ... fifteen minutes did not even shatter, completely busting the myth ...

Famous quotes containing the word myth:

    ... if, as women, we accept a philosophy of history that asserts that women are by definition assimilated into the male universal, that we can understand our past through a male lens—if we are unaware that women even have a history—we live our lives similarly unanchored, drifting in response to a veering wind of myth and bias.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

    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)

    By blood we live, the hot, the cold,
    To ravage and redeem the world:
    There is no bloodless myth will hold.
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932)