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Myths

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Myths are culturally derived narratives or legends that are shared by the members of a society. Mythopoeia, the making and perpetuating of these myths, were generally done by, or with the support of, secular and or religious leaders. Mythopoeia can be understood as products of the imagination of those members of society, especially the secular and religious leaders, with power and influence. These leaders sought to enhance conditions that were favorable to governing and expanding their societies. ...

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