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tr.v. de·my·thol·o·gized, de·my·thol·o·giz·ing, de·my·thol·o·giz·es
1. To rid of mythological elements in order to discover the underlying meaning: demythologize biblical legends.
2. To remove the mysterious or mythical aspects from: "providing an antiheroic age with heroes suitably demythologized, yet also grand" (John Simon).

de′my·thol′o·gi·za′tion (-jĭ-zā′shən) n.
de′my·thol′o·giz′er n.
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Noun1.demythologization - the restatement of a message (as a religious one) in rational terms
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
restatement - a revised statement
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As importantly, however, Bunkse realizes that his conception of Latvia has been based on isolated idealized and mythologized images of Latvian culture, landscape and national character that eventually fall short of constituting home for him, even after partially successful process of demythologization of Latvia and Latvians.
When mythological understandings within the framework of a society are seriously re-considered in order to recognize the deeper layers of socio-cultural-political significance that lead to their formation, demythologization certainly becomes a deconstructive process.
The Buddhist modernist movement began in the late nineteenth century and spanned geographical areas and schools of tradition, seeking to revive Buddhism by integrating it with the dominant cultural and intellectual discourses of Western modernity through a process of demythologization, detraditionalization, and psychologization.
Chapter 5: "Pavese, Leuco, e il modernismo," offers an insightful overview of the complexities surrounding Italian modernism before proposing a modernist profile of Pavese, which finds an eloquent expression in the Dialoghi through its author's rewriting of myth within the context of the demythologization of the early Novecento.
While Peterson himself provides evolutionary explanations for human religious traditions, there is no spirit of condescension, debunking, or demythologization.
Bearing in mind the positive Jewish image of Chinese society, one can say that demythologization is aimed at here.
In the 19th Century, as 'form' becomes more and more definitive of human art and technology, the stage is set for Nietzsche's declaration that "God is dead." Also, with the demythologization of Sisyphus' plight, the endless effort at 'laborious forming ' is replaced by the concept of 'form as work'--that is, modernism can be defined as the celebration of the formal production of a work (of Art or of Technological Science).
I would like to conclude by proposing an invitation to an effort, nothing new, perhaps similar to what Rudolf Bultmann called "demythologization." Provoked then by black theology, I am inspired to demythologize the many myths that we have and that we construct in a society of "colonial functioning," those centralizing, totalitarian, hegemonic thoughts, that guide our daily life.
In crafting the Ballad, Chesterton aimed to foster a renaissance of legend in an age given to demythologization, and the response of the critical establishment shows that this provocative bolt found its target.
Such would seem to be the necessary consequence of the apparent progress of Milesian philosophy's demythologization of prephilosophical theogonies like Hesiod's.
However, this study shows that for some consumers certain myths do not allow for practices of demythologization described by Arsel and Thompson (2011).