from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Myth.
- n. Mythology.
- n. The pattern of basic values and attitudes of a people, characteristically transmitted through myths and the arts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group.
- n. Anything delivered by word of mouth: a word, speech, conversation, or similar; a story, tale, or legend, especially a poetic tale.
- n. A tale, story, or narrative, usually verbally transmitted, or otherwise recorded into the written form from an alleged secondary source.
I tend to use the term mythos, but I suppose any religion that falls out of favor could be called that.
I think it's safe to assume, dealing with the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail will be involved somehow, and while not necessarily SF, the whole Grail/King Arthur/Templar mythos is just too interesting to pass up (see Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).
As much as I liked Alias throughout its run, the mythos is eventually what choked the show to death, I think.
It shouldn't be a surprise that this longstanding mythos is ripe with dramatic tension.
The script is tight, telling an original story while incorporating mythos from the universe created in the comics, and the action scenes were shot awesomely.
From Malebolgia to Sam and Twitch to the Heap, each character in the Spawn comic mythos is beautifully rendered by renowned artist ASHLEY WOOD and mind blowing new comer GEIRROD VAN DYKE.
My next analysis of what Robin brought to the Batman mythos is closely related.
Explaining why "Mommy was kissing Santa Claus" to an inquisitive* 4-year old enrapt in the yuletide mythos is an unexpected challenge.
What the Greeks called logos and what they called mythos define two different aspects of the world and our experience in it: the knowable and the unknowable.
The whole point of the modern Batman mythos is that there is no real Bruce Wayne — “‘Bruce Wayne’ is the real mask” being the unsubtle way this tends to be driven home.