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Myths are a blend of fantasy and reality Myths are stories that are not literally true If they were archaeologists would have found at least one set of giant bones or at least a unicorn horn or two At the same time myths are not completely false Although literally untrue there is a stronger current of truth that lies beneath the surface words of a myth This current of truth flows through the power of symbols actions and reactions that have a very deep meaning for all people regardless of race or age and in many cases even the period of time in which they live Myths tell stories but the meanings of the stories and the effects they can have upon our daily lives can range from mundane to life changing The level to which we are affected is in many ways due to our personal background and the amount of effort and attention we invest in a myth This book outlines some of the connections between myths and our everyday lives Few people realize how commonplace mythical references are in our lives Every time someone uses words like academy cereal and echo myths have touched our daily lives Whenever people purchase products like Nike shoes Olympus cameras or Saturn cars they patronize companies with names derived from myths This text aims to reveal many of these unrecognized references and their impact Each entry begins with a retelling of the myth Then through the course of the entry the myths relationships with popular culture psychology literature art and words are explored In addition to the entries this text includes appendices that list the references to mythology in the calendar solar system words biology and companies In the retelling of myths in this book the popular or most well-known version is commonly relayed in the entries The well-known versions of classic Greek and Roman myths are often different from the original versions
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