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Myths are a cultures way of explaining cultural phenomenon that is usually unexplainable. The study of these cultural narratives is called mythology. Such types of stories used as mythology are those about sacred subjects, creation of the world, and other cultural phenomenon. Frequently, mythology is about gods and goddesses and supernatural events. Because the subject of mythology is usually sacred, the stories can become authoritative in a believer's life. Two of the most well known sets of mythological narratives are those of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The influence of the mythologies of these cultures can still be seen in our culture and language today.

Mythology and religion

Mythology is frequently a part of many religions. Just because a story is called a myth does not mean that it is not true. Mythology is a term used for religions nearing extinction. Many believers in what might be considered myths believe that the story of the myth should be take n as figurative rather than literal. Many liberal Jewish and Christian liberals believe that parts of their religious traditions are figurative rather than liberal. Other less liberal people in these same religions considers the same parts of their religious traditions to be history, and therefore fact. No disrespect is intended when referring to a narrative as myth.

Mythological types of characters

Many similar characters can be found in different cultures' mythological characters. For instance, many cultures have their cultural heroes. They also have a narrative about a first man or woman, an earth mother, and a lunar deity. The character that lives, dies, and is reborn is also a common one throughout many myths. The characters of the trickster, sky father, and of beings in an underworld also occur regularly in the mythology of many lands.