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Myths

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
2,111 words
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1

At the beginning of the 21st century, as educational systems seem to offer diminishing space for the study of ...

myths

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Encyclopedia of Semiotics

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
1,432 words

Authoritative and culture‐specific discourses that gravitate around key symbols and basic metaphors, myths display and develop signs that ground a ...

Myth

Myth   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
1,021 words

(Gk., muthos, ‘story’). ...

Narrations through which (amongst much else) religious affirmations and beliefs are expressed. In popular usage, especially

Myth

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Religion
Length:
1,501 words

A story, usually originally transmitted orally, that has as its main actors superhuman beings and that is typically set in ...

Myths

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005

This article surveys ancient Egyptian myths, discussing their origins and development, what myths reveal about Egyptian beliefs, and the texts ...

Myth

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
1,973 words

A Greek myth is a narrative, a story told about the doings of Greek gods and heroes. As a story, ...

Myths

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The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
4,280 words

This entry consists of three articles that provide readers with essential definitional information about mythology and its presence within representative ...

mythic thought

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
312 words

In mythic thought, the mythological ‘message’ can be repeated many times using different symbolic codes — most commonly sexual and ...

myth/mythology and fairy tales

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The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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3,173 words

In the late 20th century, the proliferation of reading materials for young people and significant paradigm shifts within Western societies ...

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion
Length:
180 words

In modern parlance, a myth is a *legend or fairy‐story unbelievable and untrue but nevertheless disseminated. It has a ...

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The Kings and Queens of Britain (2 rev. ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
135 words

Most nations have their own founding myth, intended to give them dignity and importance, and sometimes to comfort them in ...

myths and the Earth sciences

myths and the Earth sciences   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Earth

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003

Myth: ‘a purely fictitious narrative usually involving supernatural persons … and embodying some popular idea concerning natural or historical phenomena ...

myth and symbol

myth and symbol   Reference library

Carol A. Bock

The Oxford Companion to the Brontes

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
1,465 words
Myth critics interpret literary texts by searching out recurring symbolic images, motifs, and narrative patterns that can be traced back to their origins in primordial myth. According to ... More
Myths and Folklore

Myths and Folklore   Reference library

Lucy M. Long

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

In popular terminology, the myths and folklore of food frequently refer to superstitions, or non–scientifically based beliefs about food and ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Archaeology, History
Length:
47 words
[De] ... A narrative organizing data such as beliefs about transcendental powers, the origins of the universe, social institutions, or the history of the people. Viewed in ... More
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006

a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events....

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