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Myth and Mythology
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I. Religious Studies – II. History – III. Philosophy of Religion – IV. Fundamental Theology. – V. Missiology

I. Religious Studies

1. The Concept and Its History

Myth may be defined by either content or function. Defined by content, myth is a belief about something significant, such as the world or society. Defined by function, myth accomplishes something significant, such as explaining the world or supporting society. Most theories…

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Segal, Robert Alan, Kamel, Susan, Müller, Hans-Peter, Graf, Fritz, Cancik, Hubert, Sellin, Gerhard, Körtner, Ulrich and Grünschloß, Andreas, “Myth and Mythology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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