Created By: ArcadesSabboth on March 7, 2013 Last Edited By: ArcadesSabboth on March 23, 2013


All the myths and legends of any particular culture or region.

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A mythology is the entirety of the myths, legends, and traditional beliefs of a specific culture, people, or region. The term can also mean "the study of myths," but in colloquial usage and around this wiki, expect the former meaning. Though these are often thought of as "dead" genres that only contain ancient works, most religions and cultures have mythology, and mythological stories continue to be created and reinterpreted all the time in living religions.

The terms myth and legend are used more or less interchangeably in everyday language. When things are interpreted a little more strictly, then myths are lore about gods and other entities of cosmic relevance, while legends are narratives with human protagonists. A third segment of mythology is so-called "low mythology," which encompasses folk beliefs about lesser non-human mythical beings.

Mythology is one of the oldest known genres and exists in different media. It's certainly grounded in Oral Tradition, but all known and troped mythological stories are necessarily Literature. Mythology has inspired copious visual Art since ancient times and, in some cultures, Theatre. The modern Fantasy and Mythopoeia genres are also strongly influenced and inspired by mythology.

Mythological narratives are (or were) not usually considered Fiction by the people or community which create(d) them -- instead they are often interpreted as true accounts of past events or the present state of the world. As such, a mythology is directly relevant to the society that made it: Myths especially form an important part of Religion and shape the worldview and the practices of worship of their believers. Legends supposedly record history and may evoke a sense of a cultural or national identity, as well as reinforce a society's social norms and values. All in all, mythology provides a people or community with ideas about their own place in the greater context of the universe and history. This doesn't mean it can't provide more mundane services like entertainment, too.

What distinguishes the mythological worldview from other ways of thinking is that it refers to a supposed ancient, immutable and truthful tradition as its highest authority, rather than human reasoning, first-hand experience, or science.

Bodies of mythology with their own pages:

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  • March 7, 2013
    Over in the Repair Shop Oral Tradition is being split to separate the medium from the various genres often associated with it. Mythology is one of those genres, or a super-genre.

    The link to the Myth sandbox will eventually become a regular link, once Myth itself goes through YKTTW and gets a final wording.

    So, what does this draft need before it can be launched?

    Before anyone asks, yes putting The Bible and The Quran here is intentional. I am treating all the religions as equal. The description explains that "mythology" is often considered true within its own religion. That said, I'm not intentionally offending and I welcome any suggestions how to make it as clear as possible that "mythology" isn't intended to equal "fiction."
  • March 14, 2013
    Question: Should this be limited to Mythologies that originated with religious Oral Tradition? Or can literary creations such as King Arthur Mythology be included? Or even works of mythopoeia such as the Cthulhu Mythos?

    Also, bump. Please comment.
  • March 14, 2013
    A neat index. :-) Are you still working on it, or is it pretty much done? I like the description. I wouldn't extend it too much. If there is more to say, it could go to the analysis tab once this is launched.

    Considering your question, I would add Arthurian mythology, however I am less convinced about Cthulhu Mythos - this would be no from me. But this is just intuitive, I am no scholar on the subject.

    I will hat-tip this soon. I really like it as it is.
  • March 15, 2013
    Well I would add the Popol Vuh that is the one of the pre conquista books while at it but then again the only translation available comes from the spanish Francisco Ximenes. Also the Chilam Balam there are others but as usual the chances of a lot of those books appearing in red marks are high (specially since they deal with old and probably fragmented books).
  • March 15, 2013
    Yeah, you're right. Popol Vuh (and Kalevala) belong despite being collected as single books, same as the Bible.

    X Fillo: It is done as far as I can think, but we have been sending all the drafts through YKTTW to collect additional opinions. I still can't get a hold of the troper who wrote the initial draft for this page.

    Noting before I forget, page type is to be trope+index. Literature Genres will be its index.
  • March 23, 2013
    Alright, this has 5 hats and I still haven't gotten any response to my PM from Lord Gro. I am going to launch this now, I don't want to hold up the TRS thread further on it.