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A myth is a sacred narrative that seeks to explain the worldview of a group of people and is usually associated with religion. It is derived from the Greek word mythos, meaning “word of mouth.” In general, myths are understood to take place in an unspecified time either before recorded history or in the early history of a group's existence, but they carry a meaning that makes them significantly relevant to a group's system of beliefs as they continue to exist in society. Myths are not necessarily false, as common usage of the word is concerned. Rather, they are regarded as part of a group's spiritual beliefs, so they are not considered either true or false.

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