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mythopoeia

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɪθə(ʊ)ˈpiːə
 
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Definition of mythopoeia in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The making of a myth or myths.
Example sentences
  • For, as noted above, Tasso's is the first vernacular poem to mold Musaeus in the Ovidian heroic manner: apostrophe, ethopoeia and digressive mythopoeia abound.
  • A long phase of reverence for rationality subverted his original, spiritually frenetic passion for tragic mythopoeia.
  • He is the only one who relates mythopoeia to the dynamism of human imagination.

Origin

1950s: from Greek muthopoiia, from muthos 'myth' + poiein 'make'.

Derivatives

mythopoeic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The approach is primarily mythopoeic, recognising that spiritual truths are better understood by means of allusion and symbol rather than through doctrine.
  • In the period before political independence, Francophone prose was typically elevated, extravagant, mythopoeic, and laced with surreal fantasy or utopian symbolism.
  • These psychogenetic affinities and ambiguities between carnal desires, cannibalism, death, and rebirth form the core symbolism of the mythopoeic imagery.

mythopoetic

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • Through experiences of community, rituals, and teachings, the mythopoetic men sought to overcome negative images of masculinity by creating new ones (or retrieving ancient ones) from myths and poems.
  • We hedonists have a mythology of our own, symbolized by a mythopoetic demi-god who loves a good drink and frowns on those who would keep him from it.
  • No less powerfully mythopoetic than the classical image of the disease, the demonological model envisioned the hysterical anesthesias, mutisms, and convulsions as stigmati diaboli or marks of the devil.

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