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A generic term for popular beliefs in medicine which have proven over time to be invalid, which are maintained in medical culture because of inertia

myth

(mith) [Gr. mythos, story]
1. A narrative whose plot, characters, and themes are well known culturally or globally. It may have a variety of cultural meanings and may become an emblem of psychological, religious, or social truth. Alternatively, it may be used to summon inspiration or courage or provide a source of fear or wonder.
2. A falsehood; an unscientific proposition, often one that is demonstrably untrue.
Synonym: urban legend
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The 'Gong Goi' is a mythological child-sized ghost that lives in the woods and hops around rather than walking, similar to the Hungry Ghosts of Chinese mythology.
Farrakhan's mythology of the African-American past has enjoyed a degree of popular success, too, and this ought not to surprise us.
"The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance" offers the reader an accessible, yet profound and provocative, insight into Campbell's lifelong fascination with the relationship of myth to aesthetic form and human psychology.
While unreservedly and strongly recommended for both community and academic library Metaphysical Studies collections in general, and Viking Mythology supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).
'The Mythology Class,' first published in 1999, tells the story of university students who were tasked by the ancient gods to capture the engkanto (magical creatures from Philippine folklore) that have escaped their realm and are wreaking havoc in our world.
The mash-up, which centers on ancient China, features a pre-made world that does not only speak of the ancient Chinese architecture, but also the mythology of the dragons that is embedded in the country's history.
Divided into three sections, the work explores the historical climate in which the Arthurian myths were developed, the "questing knights" stories that make up the mythology (namely Parzival, Gawain, Tristan, and the Knights of the Round Table), and the various themes found repeated in these stories.
Mythology has been recently added to iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Lafont says his fascination with Indian mythology has a lot to do with his family and past experiences.
"Mythology of the American Indians" is a 96 page resource book of mythology tales from North American Indian traditions, carefully researched and skillfully retold with suggested questions and answers, expert commentary, and black and white drawings and a map locating the North American tribes and peoples whose tales are included.
Like his Isthmus Zapotee contemporaries Victor Teran and Irma Pineda, Yucatec Maya poet Feliciano Sanchez Chan primarily writes contemporary pastoral love lyrics, but often incorporating significantly more traditional mythology than those poets, like Ruperta Bautista, who works in Tsotsil, or Juan Hernandez, whose Huasteca Nahuatl poems recount the mythology of corn.
The Heracliad: The Epic Saga of Hercules is an extraordinary novel that transforms ancient mythology about the legendary Greek hero into a prose narrative, accessible to readers of all backgrounds.