|Title of host publication||The international encyclopedia of anthropology|
|Place of Publication||Hoboken, NJ|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
Myths contain fundamental truths that tell us something important about the culture or tradition to which they belong. They connect people with their ancestors and with valued traditions and are charters for rituals. Four perspectives have influenced the way in which modern anthropology approaches the study of myth. Functionalist and structuralist approaches have been the most widely applied by anthropologists. Psychoanalysis and phenomenology have also advanced the anthropology of myth.