What topics can I ask about here?

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What topics can I ask about here?

Mythology Stack Exchange is a Q&A site for mythology enthusiasts and experts. You are encouraged to ask questions about:

  • Explaining the plot, character, setting or symbolism of a myth
  • Historical or societal context of a myth
  • Myth identification
  • Translations of and primary sources for a myth

What qualifies as a "myth"?

  • Traditional myths, i.e. stories of great cultural significance such as the labors of Hercules or King Arthur's exploits are on-topic
  • Folklore is on-topic
  • Stories from religious scripture are on-topic; the doctrines espoused by a religion are off-topic
  • Myths that exist solely within a fictional work (e.g., Star Wars, Game of Thrones) are off-topic, though you may be able to ask about them on another site such as SciFi.SE

What mythology-related questions should I not ask here?

  • Questions calling for a list of myths, deities, cultures, . . .: What are all the myths where X happens? How many cultures have a god for X?
  • Scientific explanations: In this story X did Y, but is that really possible?
  • Reading recommendations: I liked X, what should I read next?