A myth is a sacred narrative about the origins of the world and the things in the world, and therefore an integral part of a culture. A myth is believed to be true by the people (culture) from which it came because religious or spiritual significance is attached to it. When used in academia, the term is not meant to imply that the sacred narrative is either true or false. I'll never forget what one Anthropology professor said in a lecture: "One man's myth is another man's religion." The professor went on to explain that the use of the term outside of academica had taken on the implication that the religious narratives of a culture other than your own is considered mythology; therefore untrue; but that your own culture's sacred narratives would not be considered mythology, and therefore, true. Because of this usage (outside of academia) many people take offense when the religious narratives they believe to be true are called myths. But strictly speaking, a myth is simply the academic term used to describe the sacred narratives of a given culture. In academic circles, a myth is not to be confused with a legend or folktale.