Function of Demi-Gods

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Demi-gods and their functions

Alejandro Osorio
Theory of Knowledge 1st period
January 23, 2012

Table of contents
Title Page…………………………………………………………………………….1 Table of Contents…....................................................................................................2 Introduction..………………………………………………………………………...3 Investigation and Body of Paper…………………………………………………….4 

Abstract

Mythology is made up of creations of stories by humans according to the civilization in which they lived in. Through different types of mythologies we can see the civilizations are all close to one another. For example demigods are in all mythologies such as in Sumerian, Greek, Germanic, and Hindu mythologies. I will examine the roles of various demi-gods and deities to see how they were portrayed in the societies in which they were created. My area of research is going to be based on the roles played by demi-gods such as Achilles from Greece, Helen of Troy, and Gilgamesh from Sumerian mythology and Osiris from Egypt. In almost all mythologies we find beings who are half man and half god, who are called demigods. I will investigate what their functions were and why they were important, if at all. I will also explore the consequences of being a demigod. In conclusion this investigation will explore the idea of Jesus Christ being the last demi-god and how this came from polytheistic world. This topic is worthy of investigation because some of society’s rules that exist today have been derived from the ancient stories that were told in the past and societies are based on the fabric of what existed before. Mythologies are stories told to the next generation and based on people creating gods and demigods for themselves. The world we know today is based on the way society was known and structured in the distant past.

Introduction
Different types of mythologies around the world bring are all closer to one another. Demigods are in all mythologies such as in Sumerian, Greek, Germanic, and Hindu mythologies. I will also be examining the roles of various Demi-gods and deities in these different mythologies and to see how they are being portrayed in the societies in which they existed. In almost all mythologies we also find beings who are half man and half god which they are called demigods. I will investigate what their functions were and why they were important, if at all they were. The world divide itself by regions and continents and that is how these different mythologies came to be. This topic is worthy of investigation because I believe that some societies’ rules that exist today come from the ancient stories that were told in the past and societies are based on the fabric of what existed before. Mythologies are stories told to the next generation based on people creating gods and demigods for themselves. Basically the world we know today is based on the way society was known and structured in the distant past.

Throughout the paper I will be showing examples of how demi-gods and how they were seen in society and what they did and what their functions were. Something else that comes into question when analyzing the subject of demi-gods is the idea of Jesus Christ being half man and half god. This is due to the fact that his father is God and his mother the Virgin Mary. If Jesus Christ was a demi-god, then we can say that the Bible is its own mythology.

Investigation
Every culture and or past civilization has evolved its own mythology due to their traditions, in which the mythology defines its character by offering ways to comprehend the world in many aspects. The main branches of mythology are found in Europe and the civilizations of Asia. Some of the legends that form the core of European mythological thought are those of the Greeks, Celts (Celtic), and Norse, Sumerian and Hindu mythologies. The stories and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation survived from these ancient civilizations...
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