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Fable: noun - a fictional narrative or statement; myth or legend; fiction devised to deceive; ridiculous or untrustworthy tale, idle talk; falsely claimed to exist, or without existence beyond popular legend; short story, with animal characters, conveying a moral; an individual or thing which is now proverbial.
'It seems to me that all religious scripts and sacred texts are, in reality, no more than fables designed as ways to either explain what was once inexplicable or, more sinisterly, to form a hold over people to make them obedient to some hierarchy.'
'Aesop designed his fables to educate folk into ways that are more tolerant, wise and thoughtful.'
'Stories of the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and the Yeti are clearly nothing more than fables, since extensive attempts to prove the existence of these creatures have always failed to come up with any reliable evidence.'