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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe international encyclopedia of anthropology
EditorsHilary Callan
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781118924396
ISBN (Print)9780470657225
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • functionalism
  • Melanesia
  • psychoanalysis
  • structuralism

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