Culture myth

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Culture myth A myth accounting for the discovery of arts and sciences or the advent of a higher civilization, as in the Prometheus myth.
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Quotations

  • Greil Marcus
    Greil Marcus
    “It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.”

Usage

In literature:

Manibozho, or Minnebojou, is called a "culture myth," but the Indians have faith in him.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
In the foregoing chapters I have passed in review the hero-myths of five nations widely asunder in location, in culture and in language.
"American Hero-Myths" by Daniel G. Brinton
It is clear that the myth of Cannes points to foreign intercourse as the ultimate cause of Babylonian culture.
"Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations" by Archibald Sayce
Hopi myths and rituals recognize the dependence of their whole culture on corn.
"The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi" by Hattie Greene Lockett
As there were in early times various centres of culture which had rival pantheons, the adapted myths varied greatly.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
Their culture myth, which he has recorded, is strikingly similar to that of the Algonkins.
"The Myths of the New World" by Daniel G. Brinton
The Greek version of the myth next describes the conduct of Osiris as a "culture-hero".
"Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang
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In news:

Are you aware that cultural myths keep us stuck.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, blogging his way through the holidays just like us, finds that statistics support his suspicion of a long-prevailing cultural myth.
'Islamic' Culture: A Groundless Myth.
Every culture has its defining myth: Hindus have the Mahabharata, the Greeks the Homeric Odyssey.
Hookup Culture Is Good for Women, and Other Feminist Myths.
It covers topics such as culture, beliefs, myths, stereotypes, and discrimination.
FILM/CULTURE There is the Detroit of mythology, and then there is the reality — half-abandoned, yet rife with some greater potential — beneath the myths.
Jordan's myth was an unimpeachable brand, a coin-worthy sillouette soaring, not definitively towards anything, but floating God-like above an entire culture.
Kate Stone Lombardi's experience raising a son in a culture that views a close mother-son relationship as somehow troubling and wrong has written a new book to fight this perception and shatter The Mama's Boy Myth.
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