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A. Definition

“Myth” meant originally (Greek μύθος) word, news, language, message, but could also mean an event and history. The word and message of myth are concerned with life, the world and things as a totality, describing their origins, relationships and meaning. More precisely, myth is characterized by the fact that it sees the empirical world and its happenings, and above all …

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Heinrich Fries, “Myth”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2016

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