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  1. Plural of myth

Extensive Definition

Myth is derived from the Greek word mythos, which means "word of mouth."

Academic usage

In the academic fields of mythology, mythography, or folkloristics, a myth is a sacred story usually concerning the origins of the world or how the world and the creatures in it came to be their present form. The active beings in myths are generally gods and heroes. Myths are often said to take place before recorded history begins. A myth is a sacred narrative in the sense that it contributes to systems of thought and values, and that people attach religious or spiritual significance to it. Use of the term by scholars does not imply that the narrative is either true or false.

Popular usage

In popular use, a myth is something that is widely thought to be false. This usage, which is often pejorative, arose from labeling the religious myths and beliefs of other cultures as being incorrect, but it has spread to cover non-religious beliefs as well. Because of this usage, many people take offense when the religious narratives they believe to be true are called myths (see religion and mythology for more information). This usage is frequently confused with legend, fiction, fairy tale, folklore, fable, and urban legend, each of which has a distinct meaning in academia.myths are on the earth to explain to the people how thing got on the earth on why they happen
Urban myth is an alternate term for urban legend.

See also

myths in Afrikaans: Mite
myths in Arabic: أسطورة
myths in Bengali: উপকথা
myths in Bulgarian: Мит
myths in Czech: Mýtus
myths in Danish: Myte
myths in German: Mythos
myths in Estonian: Müüt
myths in Modern Greek (1453-): Μύθος
myths in Spanish: Mito
myths in Esperanto: Mito
myths in French: Mythe
myths in Scottish Gaelic: Ur-sgeulachdan
myths in Croatian: Mit
myths in Indonesian: Mitos
myths in Italian: Mito
myths in Hebrew: מיתוס
myths in Javanese: Mitos
myths in Georgian: მითი
myths in Luxembourgish: Mthsi
myths in Hungarian: Mítosz
myths in Macedonian: Митови
myths in Dutch: Mythe
myths in Japanese: 神話
myths in Norwegian: Myte
myths in Polish: Mit
myths in Portuguese: Mito
myths in Romanian: Mit
myths in Russian: Миф
myths in Simple English: Myth
myths in Slovak: Báj
myths in Finnish: Myytti
myths in Swedish: Myt
myths in Ukrainian: Міф
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