Foundation of Mythology
Hum/105 World Mythology
February 03, 2014
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? After considering the definition in your textbooks and course materials, write a definition in your own words. Myths are stories told from generation to generation that come from the distant past that are true or not true. Myths could be a belief in a system or a value and can serve to a direct value or social actions. Myths are stories that do not necessarily have proof, evidence or facts that back them up, like an imaginary story. Depending on our background such as religion, culture, beliefs, values and so on would dictated the meaning or moral behind the story. The academic context of the word “myth” is define as legendary or traditional story, being told about some hero, event, or being, with or without a natural explanation or proven facts. Some myths are considered human natural or phenomenon of nature. Myths are to relate and have reasons for doing things we do as a society. Today’s society feels the need of having a logical meaning for the purpose of the things we believe, want and need and because of this we rely on myths. 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. The meanings to our behaviors, culture values, and morals stem from different across the globe and all countries of the world. People learn from one another, generation after generation shows us ways of believing, do things it is how our mind works, and grow intellectually. The curiosity of our minds keep us asking more questions about myth, keep us researching and trying to prove and find facts of our beliefs. That curiosity is what provide us the answers to the questions we ask and the understanding to our...
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