A myth is a story that’s told again and again and serves to explain why something is the way it is. A creation myth, for example, is a story that tells how the world came into being.

You may have studied Greek or Roman myths in which gods and goddesses wage war and play tricks on each other. These myths are not necessarily true stories from the past — the main idea is that they explain certain ideas about the world and how people act. The story might be accepted as true and serve to explain some fact about the world, or it might be known to be made-up but nevertheless illustrates something about people or history.

Definitions of myth

n a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people

Gotterdammerung, Ragnarok, Twilight of the Gods
myth about the ultimate destruction of the gods in a battle with evil
Type of:
a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events

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