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A type of folklore, myth is central to all cultures. Written by a leading authority and of use to high school students, undergraduates, and general readers, this reference offers a convenient overview of the role of myth around the world. The volume defines and classifies types of myth and provides examples from different cultural traditions. It then overviews various approaches to studying myth. This is followed by a look at myth in relation to its contexts, such as religion, politics, and popular culture. The volume closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources and a glossary.Most contemporary folklore approaches recognize that the earlier strict distinctions between saga, epic, legend, folktale (often called fairy tale, yet few include any fairies!), fable, and myth are actually untenable, because they are almost indecipherable to the aquot;folkaquot; being studied. ... It is more than a text and its constituent elementsaquot; ( 1 38) a€” that is to say, words, plots, themes, and narrative structures.

Author: William G. Doty
Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group - 2004-01-01

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