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For me, the difference is intent of the work, not the opinions of the self-professed believers. Consider the difference between the Christian Bible and A New Hope. Regardless of your personal religious leanings, it's fairly uncontroversial to say that the Bible was intended to be a religious text; its primary function is to guide the doctrines and beliefs ...


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This answer was flagged with a link to our policy on answers that cite religious works. According to that policy, an answer which states or strongly implies that a religious work is fiction should be deleted. Your answer does not specifically say that Norse mythology is fiction; however, the question asks for a fictional source (both in the title and body) ...


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It depends on the nature of your question. Based on these conversations, Should we exclude religious texts, and which? Why was this question about the Old Testament closed as off-topic? the previous meta consensus was that we should not treat religions or religious texts as SF/F. Though, I personally doubt that there would be too many people who might ...


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I can't see that the overlap would be of necessity strong. Of our top tags (story-ID, harry-potter, star-wars, lord-of-the-rings, star-trek, movie, and doctor-who), none fall clearly into mythology. Only a couple (marvel, via Thor and maybe some epic fantasy) would fall into scope over there. Sure, some of the stories may sound like fantasy, but that doesn't ...


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My opinion, which I've stated before on related questions, is that trying to classify "mythology" as fantasy or religion is the wrong question. What we're really after is knowing if mythology questions are on-topic here. As a general rule, we consider things to be on-topic here if they relate to: One or more specific works of fantasy and science fiction, ...


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To ask or answer a good question on SF/F, there need to be sources. What is your source? If the source is clearly and deliberately fiction, then it is on-topic. If the source is religious and not meant to be fiction, then it is off-topic. For example: Bible: off-topic Chronicles of Narnia (and Biblical origins and parallels): on-topic In your case, if ...


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I made the initial comment and raised the flag. I was a bit conflicted on doing so, since you had not specifically mentioned any religious text, but you also had not listed a distinctly fictional work either. To use a parallel, were someone to answer a question about the first appearance of Lilith, we have a definite rule against the use of the Bible, ...


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It's difficult to identify the original purpose and it actually changes I'll try to make the argument for the frail limits between mythology, fiction and religion, and the need to use common sense in judging cases and why most mythology should land on the fiction side. Jason Baker and Radhil both argue that the intended purpose of the original author is ...


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Let's get the elephant in the room statement out of the way. It is possible for people to draw enough faith from believing in a fictional story to form a religion out of it. That clear enough? Our banner is stories of the fantastic. People can believe in stories. This creates the overlap that creates this debatable area at all. This does not give us ...


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The problem with the question on meta being cited by Null as defining our policy, is that the answer that has been accepted seems controversial, with a score of 3 by way of 26 up and 23 down votes, while another answer has the much higher score of 20 and seems almost unanimous, with 24 up and only 4 down votes. The accepted answer states: Any answer ...


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I believe you're asking the wrong question for what you mean. Myths and mythology are broader terms than just stories from old, largely historic religions. There are plenty of contemporary myths that have nothing to do with religions. I think, and feel free to correct me, what you're really trying to get at is Should ancient/historic/largely unfollowed ...


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