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MythA Biography of Belief$
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David Leeming

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195142888.001.0001

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Myth and Religion

(p.3) Chapter I Introduction

David Leeming

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Followers of given religious traditions tend to assume that sacred stories of other religious traditions, however beautiful and stirring, are myths. In this sense, myths are seen as false stories. Yet, understanding that all of our sacred stories are mythic helps us to rediscover the universal relevance of all mythologies and to understand that all myths – not just our own – are in some sense true. Modern understandings challenge our religious mythmakers to discover new metaphors for reality.

Keywords:   myths, new metaphors, religion, religious traditions, sacred stories, universal

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