Myth means many things. To some people it means little more than a “lie”. To others it has no truth value, but refers to a type of story. To some it’s an ancient story that holds some importance in their life. It is an anonymous, traditional story that explains a belief, a custom, or a mysterious natural phenomenon. The term Myth originated from the Greek word ‘Mythos’ which means story. As time passed these narratives were believed by many people and considered as legitimate stories, but now a days it is considered a word of fiction due to the credibility of the story. Myth normally is seen as a story which is characterised by magical figures, but they have historic significance. It is a true historic story told, not in prose, but in an ancient form of poetry. The rules of this poetic form, not having rhythm or rhyme, as seen in today’s poetry, they were told using symbolisms. What the symbols meant in the ancient culture, were once widely understood. But as time went by the meaning of these symbols have been forgotten and so we are stuck understanding these stories literally.
Some people believe in God some people don’t. But whole civilizations have been built on the premise that there is a God. Like religion, there will always be people who insist on making myths a universal truth, while some others dismiss anything they can’t see for themselves as myths. I believe Myths are often entertaining, morally instructive and inspirational. Myths are like enigmatic narratives for illiterate folks providing them with the stories of the entire cosmos, including all the creatures that occupy it, many often beyond their comprehension.
What exactly is the definition of mythology? Well according to the dictionary, ‘Mythology is a collection of myths, especially one belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition.’ It tells us how things came into existence. Although modern science and thinking would easily refute the idea that