Humanities/105 World Mythology
Discussion Questions WK 2
1. Myths often explain the origins of evil, suffering, death, and what sustains life. Must myths be literally true to be valuable? Explain why or why not.
ANSWER: I do not believe that myths need to be literally true to be valuable. To me myths are a valuable part of history that gives us insight or some type of explanation of times, people, and places. They are a mirror that takes past situations and reflects morals that may even still be used in present day
2. Select one creation myth from this week’s readings. What truth does the myth tell you about the culture that created it?
ANSWER: I’m going to take the creation of Ulligara and Zalgarra (Sumerian Iraq). In this myth and how it is described this culture was a very religious culture. These stories or “myths” was used to create prosperity and abundance in its people.
3. Creation myths are usually origin myths; they describe where a people come from. What stories does your family or heritage tell about its origin? Do these stories enhance your family’s or culture’s cohesiveness and belonging? How do they or do they not do this?
ANSWER: In my case there are a lot of stories in my heritage that goes back into slavery and working in the cotton fields, my ancestors. In my eyes or personal views it does enhances my family and culture cohesiveness and belonging in the aspect of equal opportunity and working as one. It enhances our culture because we take those instances to make our future society equals, and to accept everyone as we are, not from what we are or where we come from. This is an a cultural aspect of Americas Western Society.
4. Consider some origin stories told about groups of which you are a part: for example, the origin of a nation, a company, a church, or an ethnic group. Are these stories similar to or different from classic myths? Explain.
ANSWER: Actually I would... [continues]
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