Mythology: 1 definition


Mythology means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study (history)

Mythology refers to a system of hereditary stories of ancient origin which were once believed to be true by a particular cultural group and which served to explain why the world is as it is and things happen as they do, to provide a rationale for social customs and observances and to establish the sanctions for the rules by which people conduct their lives.

Mythology, in general, may be described as a historical and scientific study of myths and legends; the whole body of divine, heroic and cosmogonic stories come under its purview. According to H. L. Hariyappa myths and legends are classified as meteorological, physical, historical, ritualistic, artistic, ethical, mystical or allegorical and so on.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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