What is a mythos?

What is a mythos? Here are some definitions.

  1. A story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group.
  2. Anything delivered by word of mouth: a word, speech, conversation, or similar; a story, tale, or legend, especially a poetic tale.
  3. A tale, story, or narrative, usually verbally transmitted, or otherwise recorded into the written form from an alleged secondary source.
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This mythos is still prevalent, though abused for the most atrocious purposes.
But for all of her comic relief, Blankenship became a tragic figure in the Mad Men mythos, dying silently at her desk.
I told them both about my crusade to spread the word of sustainability and debunk the mythos about long-haired, granola-eating folk that surrounds it.
I've always been interested in the ancient American mythologies of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec, and the ancient mythos of the Greeks and Egyptians.
Much of the traditional Arthurian mythos has simply been left out.
A really obvious example of this happened when the Romans invaded Greece, and ultimately adopted a modified version of the Greek mythos.

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