Definitions for mythologymɪˈθɒl ə dʒi
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myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person
the study of myths
The collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes.
A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.
Pervasive elements of a fictional universe that resemble a mythological universe.
The systematic collection and study of myths.
the science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths
a body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people; as, the mythology of the Greeks
Origin: [F. mythologie, L. mythologia, Gr. myqologi`a; my^qos, fable, myth + lo`gos speech, discourse.]
A mythology is a body or collection of myths as well as the study of them. In folkloristics, a myth is a sacred narrative usually explaining how the world or humankind came to be in its present form, although, in a very broad sense, the word can refer to any traditional story. Bruce Lincoln defines myth as "ideology in narrative form". Myths may arise as either truthful depictions or overelaborated accounts of historical events, as allegory for or personification of natural phenomena, or as an explanation of ritual. They are transmitted to convey religious or idealized experience, to establish behavioral models, and to teach. Early rival classifications of Greek mythos by Euhemerus, Plato's Phaedrus, and Sallustius were developed by the neoplatonists and revived by Renaissance mythographers as in the Theologia mythologica. Nineteenth-century comparative mythology reinterpreted myth as evolution toward science, "disease of language", or misinterpretation of magical ritual. Later interpretations rejected opposition between myth and science, such as Jungian archetypes, Joseph Campbell's "metaphor of spiritual potentiality", or Lévi-Strauss's fixed mental architecture. Tension between Campbell's comparative search for monomyth or Ur-myth and anthropological mythologists' skepticism of universal origin has marked the 20th century. Further, modern mythopoeia such as fantasy novels, manga, and urban legend, with many competing artificial mythoi acknowledged as fiction, supports the idea of myth as ongoing social practice.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A body of stories, the origins of which may be unknown or forgotten, that serve to explain practices, beliefs, institutions or natural phenomena. Mythology includes legends and folk tales. It may refer to classical mythology or to a body of modern thought and modern life. (From Webster's 1st ed)
Translations for mythology
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- mitologiaCatalan, Valencian
- mytologie, mythologieCzech
- mytologia, tarustoFinnish
- 神話, 神話学Japanese
- ទេវកថាវិទ្យា, ទេវកថាKhmer
- 神話, 신화, 神話學, 신화학Korean
- MythologieLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- mitologi, kaji mitosMalay
- mitologie, colecție mitologicăRomanian
- миф, мифологияRussian
- mitològija, митоло̀гијаSerbo-Croatian
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