First used in 1949 by Carl Kerenyi in "Prologomena" (published in Science of mythology: Essays on the myth of the divine child and the mysteries of Eleusis, edited by C. G. Jung and C. Kerenyi). From Ancient Greek μῦθος (mûthos, “mythical narrative”); [Term?] (“to tell mythical tales”); mythos (myth) & -logos (word or speech).
mythologem (plural mythologems)
- A basic core element, motif or theme of a myth.