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Myth

  • In: Encyclopedia of Deception
  • Edited by: Timothy R. Levine
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Interpersonal Communication, Moral Development

Myths are traditional or legendary stories, usually concerning a being, hero, or event, often involving deities or demigods, and explaining some practice, rite, or natural phenomenon. Joseph Campbell outlined four fundamental functions of myths: the mystical function (inspiring awe), ...

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