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In Websters New World School and Office Dictionary the word myth is defined as a traditional story serving to explain some phenomenon custom etc Macmillan 284 The word mythology comes from the root mythos which means story and the root logos which means word or talk so it literally translates to storytelling Grolier Mythology 565 Before information was ever written down it was handed down by word of mouth Parada Basic 3 Long ago books were not available to provide explanations for the way creation worked so people created stories that would give them answers to the questions that they had Mysteries 1 Besides the previous reason myths and folklore are believed to have been created and used for different reasons Some of these are for entertainment Grolier Folklore 310 to describe where certain rivers cities mountains or other geographical features got their names Grolier Folklore 310 to explain the beginning of people animals and nature Grolier Mythology 565 or to teach a moral These reasons will be further explicated later in this paper One example of storytelling is found in the novel Watership Down by Richard Adams The rabbits in the story often told the stories of a rabbit named El-ahrairah In these stories El-ahrairah used his wisdom and trickery to rescue his people from Prince Rainbow and be able to live freely with his rabbits As one rabbit said in the story El-ahrairah is a trickster and rabbits will always need tricks Adams 114 As in other forms of folklore and mythological tales the rabbits in Watership Down told the legends of El-ahrairah for a myriad of reasons to motivate and give hope in times of struggle and fear to entertain to emulate El-ahrairahs mastery of deception and to expound on inscrutable origins of life To begin myths and legends have been used to bring hope and motivation to those experiencing great hardships or fear On the way to Efrafa many of
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