Widely held misconception

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Last seen on: Wall Street Journal Crossword – Aug 9 2018 – Parting of the Ways

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An origin myth is a myth that purports to describe the origin of some feature of the natural or social world. One type of origin myth is the cosmogonic myth, which describes the creation of the world. However, many cultures have stories set after the cosmogonic myth, which describe the origin of natural phenomena and human institutions within a preexisting universe.

In Western classical scholarship, the terms etiological myth and aition (from the Ancient Greek αἴτιον, “cause”) are sometimes used for a myth that explains an origin, particularly how an object or custom came into existence.

Every origin myth is a tale of creation: origin myths describe how some new reality came into existence.[1] In many cases, origin myths also justify the established order by explaining that it was established by sacred forces[1] (see section on “Social function” below). The distinction between cosmogonic myths and origin myths is not clear-cut. A myth about the origin of some part of the world necessarily presupposes the existence of the world—which, for many cultures, presupposes a cosmogonic myth. In this sense, one can think of origin myths as building upon and extending their cultures’ cosmogonic myths.[1] In fact, in traditional cultures, the recitation of an origin myth is often prefaced with the recitation of the cosmogonic myth.[2]

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