Cultural Myth

“The importance of the myth lies in the way in which it encapsulates and expresses beliefs and values that are shared by, and definitive of, a particular cultural group. Thus, a myth may explain the origin of the group (or of the world in general), the place of that group in the world, and its relationship to other groups, and illustrate or exemplify the moral values that are venerated by the group.” (Edgar and Sedgwick 217).

Basically, cultural myths are the big ideas and foundational beliefs that help determine how we understand, or think about the world. They tend to be thought of as natural, “common sense” ideas.

For example, it is a cultural myth that boys should wear blue and girls should wear pink.

Return to Words to Know

Share your thoughts

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s