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What are myths?

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potziunea | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 14, 2011 at 3:47 PM via web

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What are myths?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 15, 2011 at 1:10 AM (Answer #1)

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A myth is defined as a story with no explainable or historical basis in fact. It is normally based upon a past tradition, often of a scientific, religious or historical nature, that is invented or imaginary. Myths are somewhat synonymous with legends--fictitious tales that have been passed down for generations and cannot be proven. The word is derived from the Greek word "mythos" ("word story"); most myths originated in a spoken form which did not include written, factual varifcation. The word is also closely related to the word fable, but most myths do contain a religious or divine implication; legends and fables are generally of a more human, flesh-and-blood nature.  

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