What is the definition of mythology?

When does a religion become mythology?

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    I think religion and mythology should be separated. Adherents to a religion call the stories of religion mythology, meaning they can coexist. Perseus's slaying of Medusa isn't religion, but worshiping Zeus is, if that makes any sense. – bleh Feb 10 '18 at 16:31
  • This might be better suited for EL&U. – Spencer Feb 10 at 16:06
  • mythology and religion are more often than not intertwined – Tom Feb 11 at 10:24

On the subject of definition.

Religion deals with the establishment of certain ideas that prove the existence of superhuman powers in the form of God or Gods.

It educates the individual with the customs and manners of a particular community or society based on the acceptance of some important faiths and beliefs. Religion is developed and propounded by religious leaders. When we look at the world today, there are many religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, etc. All these religions cater towards a single need of constructing a system of beliefs and guiding people.

In almost all religions, there are mythologies. Any given religion will dwell in the delineation of its mythological characters. This emphasizes that mythology plays a significant role in religion.

Mythology is aimed at proving the truths and faiths established by religion. Mythology aims to establish the faiths put forward by any religion through stories and epics. Mythological characters are created in order to prove the validity of religious statements.

Religion, on the other hand, depends on its mythology to survive. This is the most important observation when it comes to the relationship between religion and mythology. Mythology deals with characters that reflect the superhuman powers already spoken of by the concerned religion. In short it can be said that mythology confirms and strengthens religious beliefs and truths. Religion sans mythology becomes weak in the course of time. Mythology unlike religion does not deal with the customs and manners of a particular community or society based on the acceptance of faiths and beliefs. It is developed and created by the sages and ancient saints that work for the establishment of truths in their respective religions. Mythology creates interest in the following of any given religion. These are the differences between religion and mythology.

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