The word mythologyFrom the Greek mytholog├şa, from mythologein to relate myths, from mythos, meaning a narrative, and logos, meaning speech or argument. refers to a body of myths/stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use the supernatural to interpret natural events and to explain the nature of the universe and humanity. Mythology also refers to the branch of knowledge dealing with the collection, study and interpretation of myths, also known as mythography.
The term mythology has been in use since at least the 15th century, and means "the study of myths". The additional meaning of "body of myths" itself dates to 1781 Oxford English Dictionary (OED).In extended use, the word can also refer to collective or personal ideological or socially constructed received wisdom, as in "At least since Tocqueville compared American society to 'a vast lottery', our mythology of business has celebrated risk-taking." (2000 The New Republic, 29 May 2000) The adjecti