Myth

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Anthropology 166

Role of Myth in Religion
Industrial society has no body of shared beliefs, no common mythology. Its members hold
onto a collection of disconnected beliefs and are vaguely familiar with fragments of many
myths. The advantage that some new religions have in this situation is that they possess
powerful connected mythologies that have ancient experiences.

The mythologies of new religious movements are created out of numerous disconnected myths
found in society generally. By weaving these unrelated myths into compatible wholes, new
religions create a sense of continuity with society. Through the use of traditional
myths, they are able to give themselves an apparent historical depth that legitimates
their claims to be the carriers of a high culture. In common speech, to call a story "a
myth" is to say that it is untrue.

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