mythos

[mith-os, mahy-thos]
noun, plural mythoi [mith-oi, mahy-thoi] .
1.
the underlying system of beliefs, especially those dealing with supernatural forces, characteristic of a particular cultural group.
2.
myth ( def 1 ).
3.
mythology ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1745–55; < Greek mȳ́thos; see myth

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mythos (ˈmaɪθɒs, ˈmɪθɒs)
 
n , pl -thoi
1.  the complex of beliefs, values, attitudes, etc, characteristic of a specific group or society
2.  myth another word for mythology

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Example sentences
The noble savage mythos has been well and truly shattered for some time now.
Such are the conceptions, based on fact, from which new intimations of
  immortality can be drawn and a new mythos evolved.
But this summer's films appear to be interested in an even tighter braiding of
  comic-book-ish legend and our national mythos.
Maybe what is needed is a new mythos that is not so offensive to your
  sensibilities.
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