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The word myth derives from the Greek mythos which has a range of meanings from word through saying and story to fiction the unquestioned validity of mythos can be contrasted with logos the word whose validity or truth can be argued and demonstrated Because myths narrate fantastic events with no attempt at proof it is sometimes assumed that they are simply stories with no factual basis and the word has become a synonym for falsehood or at best misconception In the study of religion however it is important to distinguish between myths and stories that are merely untrue The term mythology denotes both the study of myth and the body of myths belonging to a particular religious tradition The first part of this article discusses the nature study functions cultural impact and types of myth taking into account the various approaches to the subject offered by modern branches of knowledge In the second part the specialized topic of the role of animals and p lants in myth is examined in some detail Some say that in Ancient Greece Greek myths evolved over many years like history passed down for generations They were stories of human kings and heroes with supernatural powers or various prayers and rituals for specific gods The Greeks believed their gods were a lot like humans They believed their gods were able to have children feelings and live their lives the way humans did every day However each god had a specific duty They each were in charge of a different aspect of life Aphrodite was placed in charge of love beauty marriage and vegetation Many temples were built in honor of her and other gods and each city was usually a patron to a particular god Ceremonies were performed for the worship of the gods and the people of the towns distributed gifts to shrines Aphrodite had many statues carved in worship of her Aphrodite is known
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