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Running head: FOUNDATIONS OF MYTHOLOGY1Foundations of MythologyBrandie LogsdonHUM/105September 7, 2014Matthew Bissell
FOUNDATIONS OF MYTHOLOGY2Foundations of MythologyThe wordmythis used quite often in the English language and has become very popularin describing stories that are not real or true but are plausible in some sense. People today evenuse the word when describing something that is unknown or not yet proven to be true, even if itis not used properly. According to Leonard and McClure (2004), the word “myth” originatedfrom the Greek wordmythosconverting into the English wordstory("Chapter 1, Purposes andDefinitions, What is Myth Historically?"). The textbook definition of the word myth is “ancientnarratives that attempt to answer the enduring and fundamental human questions: How did theuniverse and the world come to be? How did we come to be here? Who are we? What are ourproper, necessary, or inescapable roles as we relate to one another and to the world at large?