Over the course of those generations, of course, many more Agta children will continue to hear many more instructive stories: of the sun and the moon — a man and a woman — who fight to a draw in their battle for the sky and choose to cooperate to share the day and the night; of the monkey who became a hero for killing a giant, but was kept wise and humble with the knowledge that all monkeys — even him — must still fear the eagle. All of the stories will merely be make-believe — and all of them will be much more than that too.

Does anyone know what the meaning of "and all of them will be much more than that too." in the last sentence of this context is?

Thank you.


The stories may be make-believe, but ALSO much more than make-believe (that in the sentence):

It will among other teach them the morals of the Agta, the myths and how they see the world around them. Possibly even prepare them for other skills - how to spot certain foods, teach them more words in their language etc.

  • +1 It's always good to have a person who can explain everything like 2+2. Dec 13 '17 at 12:41

The sentence means "There will be a lot more to merely pretending that the stories that are not real are real or exciting".

"more than" is a comparative degree (phrase of "more"). If something is more than a particular thing, it has greater value or importance than this thing. With "more than that" it means that there is more (something else) beyond what was mentioned earlier.

You use "more than" to say that something is true to a greater degree than is necessary or than average. (Collins Dictionary)


  • Other things matter more than you do.
  • After all, he'd been more than generous when the money was good.

"more than" may also mean "very" (Cambridge Dictionary)

As for the word "make-believe" - believing or imagining things that appear to be attractive or exciting, but are not real (Cambridge Dictionary).

  • I think the actual meaning of the words were clear.
    – mplungjan
    Dec 13 '17 at 10:11

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