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CLAS 131 Notes 1 - CLAS 131 8/27/10 Day 2 The Nature of...

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CLAS 131 8/27/10 Day 2 The Nature of Myth A myth is: - A) A popular conception of a person or thing which exaggerates or idealizes the truth - B) A traditional story, typically involving supernatural beings or forces, which embodies and provides an explanation, aetiology or justification for something such as the early history of a society, a religious belief or ritual, or a natural phenomenon - C) A widespread but untrue erroneous story or belief; a widely held misconception; a misrepresentation of the truth Etymology Greek mythos : word, speech, story Greek logos : word, argument, reason, account (cf. anthropology, psychology, biology, etc.) Mythos vs. logos : not so much ‘fiction vs. fact’ or ‘falsehood vs. truth’, but ‘traditional story vs. rational analysis’ A traditional story, typically involving supernatural beings or forces, which embodies and provides an explanation, aetiology, or justification for something such as the early history of a society, a religious belief or ritual, or a natural phenomenon. Traditional
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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CLAS 131 Notes 1 - CLAS 131 8/27/10 Day 2 The Nature of...

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