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Main article: Mythology

In the academic fields of mythology, mythography, or folkloristics, a myth (mythos) is a sacred story concerning the origins of the world or how the world and the creatures in it came to have their present form. The active beings in myths are generally gods and heroes. Myths often are said to take place before recorded history begins. In saying that a myth is a sacred narrative, what is meant is that a myth is believed to be true by people who attach religious or spiritual significance to it. Use of the term by scholars does not imply that the narrative is either true or false. See also legend and tale. Look up myth in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The word mythology (from the Greek μυολογία mythología, from mythologein to relate myths, from mythos, meaning a narrative, and logos, meaning speech or argument) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use the supernatural to interpret natural events and... The word mythology (from the Greek μυολογία mythología, from mythologein to relate myths, from mythos, meaning a narrative, and logos, meaning speech or argument) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use the supernatural to interpret natural events and... A mythographer, or a mythologist, according to a strict dictionary definition, is a compiler of myths. ... Folkloristics is the formal academic study of folklore such as fairy tales and folk mythology in oral or non-literary traditions. ... Look up muthos in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up Story in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Legend (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


A myth in popular use is something that is widely believed to be false. This usage, which is often pejorative, arose from labeling the religious myths and beliefs of other cultures as being incorrect, but it has spread to cover non-religious beliefs as well. Because of this usage, many people take offense when the religious narratives they believe to be true are called myths (see Religion and mythology for more information). This usage is frequently confused with fiction, legend, fairy tale, folklore, fable, and urban legend, each of which has a distinct meaning in academia. Religion and mythology differ, but have overlapping aspects. ... For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Legend (disambiguation). ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For a comparison of fable with other kinds of stories, see Myth, legend, fairy tale, and fable. ... An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ...


Urban myth is an alternate (not academic) term for urban legend An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ...


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MythTV (779 words)
Hey all, just wanted to make sure everyone saw that Schedules Direct is now out of beta testing and fully open for anyone who wants to sign up.
With the release of 0.20.2 the other day, switching your Myth config over from using Zap2It labs for data is fairly easy.
Please see this mailing list posting from Bruce for a short set of instructions - but it mainly just boils down to running mythtv-setup, changing the existing listings grabber to Schedules Direct, and putting in your new username + password (assuming you kept the same lineup config as on the old Labs website).
Mythology (750 words)
In this document the word "myth" will be defined as a story of forgotten or vague origin, basically religious or supernatural in nature, which seeks to explain or rationalize one or more aspects of the world or a society.
A myth is also distinctly different from an allegory or parable which is a story deliberately made up to illustrate some moral point but which has never been assumed to be true by anyone.
Broadly speaking myths and mythologies seek to rationalize and explain the universe and all that is in it.
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