Behind the story is a belief, idea, and concept of the world. Belief systems and practices explain the unexplainable. Most belief systems have concepts of:
Cosmogony – how the world was created;
Cosmology – how the world is structured;
and Eschatology – how the world will end.
Some belief systems imply the existence of supernatural beings, which are invisible and may or may not exhibit form, personality, attitudes, and powers. They could be god (gods), angels, saints, demons, souls, spirits, ghosts, and others. Other belief systems imply the presence of an impersonal supernatural force that flows in and out of nature, people, and objects.
They all have stories (myths, legends, personal accounts, or others) that illustrate and re-confirm their beliefs. Some of the stories are only orally transmitted, while others are written in sacred books. They are also visualized in a variety of art forms, such as statues, wall paintings, embroidered panels, icons, ceramics, stone, or woodcarvings.