Where does the word myth come from………

Foundations of Mythology

HUM 105

Foundations of Mythology

First, where does the word myth come from and what does it mean? The name comes from Greek word [1]mythos, which means a story or word. (Doyle, 2004) The word myth is popularly used to define or describe ancient history stories/ narratives from different cultures that were considered to be real and important. They involved [2]traditional or legendary stories with or without real facts or natural explanation that included beings with supernatural powers, heroes, god and goddesses, and events phenomenon in nature. (Unabridged, 2014) The statement “it’s a myth” means and used out of context when a something is believed to not be real. For example, walking under a ladder is considered to be bad luck. In contrast, from popular meaning of myth the academic context states that these are narrative, stories that are traditionally passed along throughout time that are studied to understand the anthropology of ancient cultures. These have situations that are supernatural in nature. For example, beings that have extraordinary gifts such as immortality like Hades Greek God of the Underworld. He did not take the throne but he did have “[3]world’s riches and wealth” (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License, 2014) as well as controlled spirits and demons of the underworld.

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