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Background Information

Myths are regarded as fictional stories containing deeper truths, expressing collective attitudes to fundamental matters of life, death, divinity, and existence (sometimes deemed to be ‘universal’). Myths are usually distinguished from legends in that they have less of an historical basis, although they seem to have a similar mode of existence in oral transmission, re-telling, literary adaptation, and allusion.

Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)



"Yggdrasil" by Oluf Bagge (From Northern Antiquities) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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