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Myth vs. Folklore

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Mythnoun

A traditional story which embodies a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; a sacred narrative regarding a god, a hero, the origin of the world or of a people, etc.

Folklorenoun

The tales, legends and superstitions of a particular ethnic population.

Mythnoun

(uncountable) Such stories as a genre.

‘Myth was the product of man's emotion and imagination, acted upon by his surroundings. (E. Clodd, Myths & Dreams (1885), 7, cited after OED)’;

Folklorenoun

Tales, legends, or superstitions long current among the people; the unwritten literature of a culture, such as stories, proverbs, riddles and songs.

Mythnoun

A commonly-held but false belief, a common misconception; a fictitious or imaginary person or thing; a popular conception about a real person or event which exaggerates or idealizes reality.

Folklorenoun

the unwritten literature (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture

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Mythnoun

A person or thing held in excessive or quasi-religious awe or admiration based on popular legend

‘Father Flanagan was legendary, his institution an American myth. (Tucson (Arizona) Citizen, 20 September 1979, 5A/3, cited after OED)’;

Folklore

Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group. This includes oral traditions such as tales, proverbs and jokes.

Mythnoun

A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.

Mythnoun

A story of great but unknown age which originally embodied a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient legend of a god, a hero, the origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric origin; a popular fable which is, or has been, received as historical.

Mythnoun

A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable.

‘As for Mrs. Primmins's bones, they had been myths these twenty years.’;

Mythnoun

a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people

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Myth

Myth is a folklore genre consisting of narratives that play a fundamental role in a society, such as foundational tales or origin myths. The main characters in myths are usually non-humans, such as gods, demigods, and other supernatural figures.

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