I am searching for a word or short phrase that includes/describes following words:

  • myth/mythology

  • legends

  • mythos

  • lore

  • fable

  • saga

I know I am not really precise with what I am searching for. I am not even sure if such a word exists.

  • 1
    Fiction, perhaps?
    – m.a.a.
    May 9, 2017 at 17:19
  • 1
    Ethos ..........
    – Ricky
    May 9, 2017 at 17:33
  • For this kind of question, it's better to look in a thesaurus rather than posting here. If you do that and still can't find a word that fits, then you can ask here, but be sure to follow the instructions for single word requests.
    – herisson
    May 9, 2017 at 17:45

2 Answers 2


These are all subsets of 'stories', although 'folklore', or even simply 'lore', is probably more accurate to your needs. I know you mentioned -lore, and I assume you refer to 'folklore' type words, but I think it would cover your bases.


Although it has a denigratory overtone, you might consider "mumbo-jumbo", which Webster's defines as "an object of superstitious homage and fear".

Usage example: "We sure have come a long way from myths, legends, and mumbo jumbo our ancestors relied on to explain the natural world..."


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