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How an Unexplained Event Can Evolve into a Myth - Religion...a SelectSmart.com Flowchart
Religion. How an Unexplained Event Can Evolve into a Myth
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EVENT: Partial Information
from Aftermath, Witnesses, Official Report etc.



Media Coverage:
Seeks to fill information void with comments from:
Witnesss (and their associates)
Investigators or Officials
Experts

Official Investigation:
Information is gathered, theories and suspects are considered.

Confusing or Mistaken details enter the narrative.

Speculative comments begin being repeated, creating a feedback loop of corrupted data.

Attempt at Event Reconstruction:
Speculative Narrative is created, sometimes with Artwork,
Animation,
Reenactment.

Officials cannot match public's appetite for details.


Public circulation of tales mixing fact and fiction.

Media dramatization of case continues, may be linked to emotional, cultural or political hot-button issues.

Officials may repeat details of Media coverage in reports, making them "official". While trying to squash rumors, may feed them.


Public memory fades or just remembers sensationalized elements.

Media may tire of case before Official investigation complete.

No Official Explanation.


Public "knows" what really happened, but is lied to by the Officals and the Media.

Media Response:
Accusations of Official Incompetence or Cover-Up.

Official Explanation:
If it comes, always less dramatic than the Media coverage.


Fable, Parable or Myth is born. Fictionalized story, often with large doses of injustice and paranoia.