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Foundations of Mythology Short Answers
Yolanda Pinkney
HUM/105
February 5, 2013
Darren Jones

Foundations of Mythology Short Answers

1. How is the word myth used popularly? For example, what does the statement, “It’s a myth” mean? In contrast, how is the word myth used in the academic context? After considering the definition in your textbooks and course materials, write a definition in your own words.
The word “myth” was used popularly when the storyteller assumes what they were saying was supposed to be true because it is been told over and over again. “It’s a myth” means that it is not a fictional story, something like a rumor and no one truly knows if it really happened or ...view middle of the document...

Religion and mythology differ, but have overlapping aspects. Both terms refer to systems of concepts of high importance to a certain community, making statements concerning the supernatural or sacred. Mythology was considered one component or aspect of religion. Mythos, the greek word, originally meant "History." The mythology of a culture originated as a means of recording what that culture thought to be the real and facts about the origin and existence of the cosmos around them. However, over time the word “myths” took up other meanings. When a new religion overthrew the previous one, the old one myths became legends and began regarded as false, or as fantasy, but with no true historical value. That is when the word “Mythos” became synonim for "fairy tale." So, to put it in a sentence, a myth is a belief --often religious-- that has lost its popularity and credibility. Religions, on the other hand, readers can consider to be active and valid beliefs in a given culture. Nowadays, Christianity and Islam, to name just two, were called religions because they were regarded as truths by entire cultures. When time passes, they will both end being just collections of myths, and will be replaced by newer religions just as the Egyptian and Norse...

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