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What is MythGreek word mythos storyHard to define what kind of story is meant how to differentiate from other kinds of storiesOne useful definition a traditional tale with collective importanceDistinguish Myth Mythical character Religious belief Ritual practiceDefining MythThese elements do often interact Mythical characters have myths told about them Rituals often enact myths Rituals usually imply belief Myths often explain a ritual or cultSetting of MythPlace Sometimes especially divine myths in distant notofthisworld places like Olympus and Hades More commonly mapped onto the geography known to the Ancient Greeks Time Some myths especially Divine Myths are set outside time a
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