^Kirk, "Defining", p. 57; Kirk, Myth, p. 74; Simpson, p. 3
^Lincoln, Bruce. An Early Moment in the Discourse of "Terrorism": Reflections on a Tale from Marco Polo. Comparative Studies in Society and History. 2006, 48 (2): 242–259 [2012-09-15]. （原始内容存档于2021-03-23）. More precisely, mythic discourse deals in master categories that have multiple referents: levels of the cosmos, terrestrial geographies, plant and animal species, logical categories, and the like. Their plots serve to organize the relations among these categories and to justify a hierarchy among them, establishing the rightness (or at least the necessity) of a world in which heaven is above earth, the lion the king of beasts, the cooked more pleasing than the raw.