December 17, 2012
Foundations of Mythology Short Answers
How is the word myth used popularly? For example, what does the statement, “It’s a myth” mean? In contrast, how is the word myth used in the academic context? As stated on www.thefreedictionary.com, myth is defined as a fictitious but well known story. The word myth is used in the studious context by acknowledging what is fake or real. The word myth is used popularly through fantasies told throughout today’s culture. I find it amusing how much these fantasies become a part of our reality. Either were reading a book with magical creatures or watching a science fiction movie. Some mystical stories which are: Ra, Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, Zeus, Merlin and the tooth fairy. These myths were made to decrease reality for adolescent. For example, telling the story of Santa Claus to children. It makes them excited and some behave more or less during the holidays. To me, myths are like historic events that are not true and much more interesting than others.
Why do myths from different cultures around the world address such similar or universal themes? Think about how myths explain the unknown and the tribulations of mankind. Myths from different cultures around the world address such similar and universal themes because they all are trying to describe the same unexplainable, but in different ways. The difference is that they believe in revolves around the same thing. For example, when discussing how the world was created, that’s when religion comes to play. Nevertheless, each culture believes in a different class of greater power. They practice these classes of beliefs in their own different way. Either they believe in God, Allah, Buddha, Jehovah, or Muhammad, but practicing that belief in a different way. On the other hand, there are some that the belier in a higher power, such as God, is a myth. Then are...