What does mythology mean?

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mɪˈθɒl ə dʒimythol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mythologynoun

    myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person

  2. mythologynoun

    the study of myths


  1. mythologynoun

    The collection of myths of a people, concerning the origin of the people, history, deities, ancestors and heroes.

  2. mythologynoun

    A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.

  3. mythologynoun

    Pervasive elements of a fictional universe that resemble a mythological universe.

  4. mythologynoun

    The systematic collection and study of myths.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mythologynoun

    System of fables; explication of the fabulous history of the gods of the heathen world.

    Etymology: μύϑος and λόγος; mythologie, French.

    The modesty of mythology deserves to be commended: the scenes there are laid at a distance; it is once upon a time, in the days of yore, and in the land of Utopia. Richard Bentley.


  1. mythology

    Myth is a folklore genre consisting of narratives that play a fundamental role in a society, such as foundational tales or origin myths. Since "myth" is widely used to imply that a story is not objectively true, the identification of a narrative as a myth can be highly controversial. Many adherents of religions view their own religions' stories as truth and so object to their characterization as myth, the way they see the stories of other religions. As such, some scholars label all religious narratives "myths" for practical reasons, such as to avoid depreciating any one tradition because cultures interpret each other differently relative to one another. Other scholars avoid using the term "myth" altogether and instead use different terms like "sacred history", "holy story", or simply "history" to avoid placing pejorative overtones on any sacred narrative.Myths are often endorsed by secular and religious authorities and are closely linked to religion or spirituality. Many societies group their myths, legends, and history together, considering myths and legends to be true accounts of their remote past. In particular, creation myths take place in a primordial age when the world had not achieved its later form. Other myths explain how a society's customs, institutions, and taboos were established and sanctified. There is a complex relationship between recital of myths and the enactment of rituals. The main characters in myths are usually non-humans, such as gods, demigods, and other supernatural figures. Others include humans, animals, or combinations in their classification of myth. Stories of everyday humans, although often of leaders of some type, are usually contained in legends, as opposed to myths. Myths are sometimes distinguished from legends in that myths deal with gods, usually have no historical basis, and are set in a world of the remote past, very different from that of the present.


  1. mythology

    Mythology refers to a traditional collection of stories, beliefs, or narratives associated with a particular culture, society, or religion that aims to explain natural phenomena, human behavior, customs, traditions, or historical events. Usually, these stories involve gods, goddesses, supernatural beings, and heroes, often conveying moral, philosophical, or spiritual truths.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mythologynoun

    the science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths

  2. Mythologynoun

    a body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people; as, the mythology of the Greeks

  3. Etymology: [F. mythologie, L. mythologia, Gr. myqologi`a; my^qos, fable, myth + lo`gos speech, discourse.]


  1. Mythology

    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

  1. Mythology

    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)

Etymology and Origins

  1. Mythology

    From the Greek muthos, a fable, and logos, a discourse. This was essentially a religion built upon fable.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mythology in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mythology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of mythology in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Myrick:

    The thing that we liked about this project when Lionsgate approached us, especially with Adam and Simon working on it, is that they really stuck to the original mythology, they came at it with a very authentic approach to the film which we felt was with love for the first movie so it was all done for the right reasons.

  2. George Steiner:

    Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and archive mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement, against that past.

  3. Richard Parker:

    There is no national market. It is pure mythology, this case will be tried local market by local market. The evidence is going to show that those markets, every one of them, is fiercely competitive.

  4. Barbara Hall:

    LEONARD I've failed, Chris. I can't locate the white collective unconscious. CHRIS I wouldn't feel too bad about that. You know, western culture hasn't really carried the baton on folklore and mythology. The rise of Christianity put the kibosh on it--the gospel hits the number one best-seller list and everything else gets remaindered.

  5. Arianna Huffington:

    Building the Huffington Post, I had bought into the mythology that everything was dependent on me -- and that I had to do everything at the expense of sleep, health.

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