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Mythology ProjectEdit

Objective: This is a place to discuss and coordinate issues relating to mythology and related articles in the Wikipedia. To date, there has been extensive discussion regarding the use of the word mythology. See Talk:Mythology.

Scope: Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to help with the "To Do" list. In addition, to help read, edit, write, categorize, review and assess the many mythology categories and stubs.

Definition: Mythology is the study of myth or a body of myths. While the definition of myth varies, a commonly cited definition is that of Finnish folklorist Lauri Honko:

Myth, a story of the gods, a religious account of the beginning of the world, the creation, fundamental events, the exemplary deeds of the gods as a result of which the world, nature and culture were created together with all parts thereof and given their order, which still obtains. A myth expresses and confirms society's religious values and norms, it provides a pattern of behavior to be imitated, testifies to the efficacy of ritual with its practical ends and establishes the sanctity of cult.[1]
  1. ^ Honko, Lauri. 1984. "The Problem of Defining Myth" in Alan Dundes (Editor). Sacred Narrative: Reading in the Theory of Myth, p. 49. University of California Press.


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In any given society three main elements work together to reinforce and stabilize each other, and in turn stabilize that society. These three elements are language, myth, and religion. No human culture has ever been found without all three, and they feed into one another in a very stable system.

— Benjamin Shender, Apr. 5, 2006, The Social Trinity

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