(From the Kiln of the Soul)
The word “mythology” is associated with “mythos”:
mythos: 1. Myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture, institution or person (see: mythology)
2. A traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people (see: myth)
3. An orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation (see: political orientation, ideology, political theory)
This definition comes compliments of WordWeb (available as a separate application for Windows and is part of the Artha application). In academic terms, we need not limit ourselves to the popular denigration of “mythology” as something inherently false. Of course it’s not fact, but mythology addresses itself things far above mere fact.
In this sense, it becomes easier to recognize the root mythology of Western Civilization as mostly Germanic. That is, while the Greco-Roman Civilization gave birth to the West, we are not Greco-Roman, but derived from the Germanic nations that conquered the last vestiges of Rome. After the Middle Ages, European (Germanic) scholars began rediscovering the intellectual traditions of Greece and Rome and fed this back into their own intellectual traditions so that whatever it means to be “Western” reached its peak with the Enlightenment period of Western history. Even terms like “Post-modern” refers to a mythos that still stands squarely on the Enlightenment. So if you give time to reading about such things, you become aware of Western Civilization possessing its own mythos separate from the mythos of other cultures.
You can read the rest of this lesson here at Kiln of the Soul blog.