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Definition Essay The origin of the word myth seems to be a myth in itself Myths have generally originated from a Greek history that used an oral tradition to explain events that occurred before the written word Often supernatural beings or fictitious characters were used to explain popular ideas concerning phenomenas of nature or the history of people The myths that were carried on from generation to generation were often very imaginative in an attempt to spark the interest of young listeners These would be told at social gatherings The main purpose of a myth was to relay historical information among groups Early myths often dealt with the origin of man customs religious rights incidents involving the lives of gods stories of culture heroes adaptations of old world myths or the retelling of biblical stories The real meaning of the word myth a story or legendWebsters p972 was created as oral traditions that were told from generation to generation Often as individuals told the stories they were changed slightly in context or meaning One cannot be certain however that historically based myths are not historically correct Exaggeration due to personal vendetta was often the cause for discrepancies of factual or not factual information included in dialect from a mythical standpoint An instance where this fact was the case is seen in the Old Testament Even the Old Testament can be looked upon as being mythical true or false From a religious perception the Old Testament may be viewed as the history of Judaism and believed to be completely factual and true but from a mythical standpoint that selection may be fictitious in context Mythology suggests that due to the fact that events were perceived and told from many different viewpoints the Old Testament may not be factual and only a myth of Judaism A modern day perception of the Old Testament suggests that the mythic elements in the Bible cannot be accepted
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