A Simple Definition of Myth

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The first post of the day –

A myth, in its simplest definition, is a story with a meaning attached to it other than it seems to have at first; and the fact that it has such a meaning is generally marked by some of its circumstances being extraordinary, or, in the common use of the word, unnatural.”
This definition was made by John Ruskin, in 1869, in The Queen of the Air.

So, what is lacking from ‘myth?’

First, it lacks the idea that something was made up. Second, it lacks the fact that it is not ground in reality.

For background, and to see where I am going

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2 Replies to “A Simple Definition of Myth”

  1. The Wikipedia definition of a myth seems to be – anything that a couple of people agree must be made up is a myth. Whether it actually is or not.

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