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A Mythical Creature is one that is renowned in folklore and myth. Mythical Creatures are also based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity.


What is Myth?
A myth is an organized story, stories or tales by which humans explain their beliefs and history. Broadly speaking myths and mythologies seek to rationalize and explain the universe and all that is in it.

Myths are generally narratives passed down traditionally intended to explain the universal and local beginnings natural phenomena, inexplicable cultural conventions, and anything else for which no simple explanation exists. However, not all myths need have this explicatory purpose. Myths are by definition sacred and usually involve a supernatural force or deity. There is some overlap with legends.

In the study of folklore, all sacred traditions have myths. Myths did not have the negative or perjorative connotations that has come with today's common usage.

Many myths are descended originally as part of an oral tradition and were only later written down, and many of them exist in multiple versions.

What is Mythology?
Mythology is the study or collection of myths.

Mythology figures prominently in most religions. Most mythology is tied to at least one religion.

Other Names: Belief, Conviction, Folk Tales, Legend, Lore, Mythicism, Mythos, Myths, Stories, Tradition, Fable, Fiction, Folk Story, Folklore,Saga, Tale, Anecdotes,

History: The word myth comes from the Greek term "mythos". Mythos originally meant "speech" or "discourse" , but later came to mean "fable" or "legend". Myths have evolved to be stories of forgotten or vague origin, based in religious beliefs or supernatural in nature, the myth seeks to explain or rationalize one or more aspects of the world or a society.

Mythology is alive and well in modern day through urban legends, New Age beliefs,and certain aspects of religion.

Types of Myths

Cult Myths - Cult myths explan elaborate festivals or traditions that magnify the power of the deity.

Eschatological Myths - Eschatological myths explain catastrophic events.

Prestigte Myths - Prestige myths are associated with heros, cities or people.

Ritual Myths - Ritual myths explain certain religious practices, and procedures assoicated with religious worship.

Origin Myths - Origin myths explain the beginnings of a custom. The origin of a name or an object.

Myths in Culture:

The purpose of myths in culture include:

- Myths grant continuity and stability to a culture.

- A means to explain the unexplainable.

- Myths present guidelines for living.

- Myths justify society members activities

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