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Must myths be literally true to be valuable?

Myths often explain the origins of evil, suffering, death, and what sustains life. Must myths be literally true to be valuable? Explain why or why not.

"Tribal societies around the world have creation myths that teach their people how the world and all that is in the world came into existence. Most of these creation myths are not based in truth. However, they provide a worldview through which to experience life and give a semblance of order and continuity in spite of change and unforeseen and uncontrollable events."

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Myths don't necessarily have to be true to be valuable. Myths are valuable for giving courage during times of hardship. They can also be a good way to teach the beliefs and values that are central to the society to the next generation. The Spartans held to the mythology of Stoicism. This belief allowed them to endure severe privation and face suffering with courage and determination. During the exploration of the New World the myth of the "noble savage" and the comparison of the New World to paradise aided in ...

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This solution examines the impact of myths. Do myths have to be true in order to have value? Over 300 words of original text along with sources for further research.