Myths…What are they and where do they come from?
Myths are:Stories   based on tradition ◦ Some factual ◦ Some completely fictionalSacred tales that explain the world and...
What do Myths discuss?Universalconcern of mankind throughout history:      Birth      Death      The afterlife      T...
Myths Across CulturesInteresting   point:     “A myth taps into a universal cultural narrative,      the collective wisdo...
Similar what!?!?!?!??!Archetype: ◦ Model, original-a very typical example     Ex: father, mother, paradise, hero, women ...
Not always sunshine and roses!!!
Often   act as warnings ◦ A guide to social norms ◦ Addressing cultural taboos such as:   Incest   Fratricide   Greed
Are myths relevant to your lifetoday?YES!Artistsof every generation tweak the myths, but the same basic pattern has show...
So…What are creation myths?
A story of how the Universe, Earth, and life                came to be! Represent moral, religious, and spiritual       be...
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Myths and creation myths

  1. 1. Myths…What are they and where do they come from?
  2. 2. Myths are:Stories based on tradition ◦ Some factual ◦ Some completely fictionalSacred tales that explain the world and man’s experienceAttempted answers to the timeless questionsSometimes merely reassurance for the unexplainable natural phenomenon
  3. 3. What do Myths discuss?Universalconcern of mankind throughout history:  Birth  Death  The afterlife  The origin of man  The origin of the world  Good and evil  The nature of man himself
  4. 4. Myths Across CulturesInteresting point: “A myth taps into a universal cultural narrative, the collective wisdom of man” (www.pbs.org). This is why we can find similar archetypal themes!
  5. 5. Similar what!?!?!?!??!Archetype: ◦ Model, original-a very typical example  Ex: father, mother, paradise, hero, women of powerTheme: ◦ Moral or lesson in a story Archetypal Theme: Typical morals or lessons found in myths, stories, etc. no matter where it originated ex: great floods, the afterlife, virgin births
  6. 6. Not always sunshine and roses!!!
  7. 7. Often act as warnings ◦ A guide to social norms ◦ Addressing cultural taboos such as:  Incest  Fratricide  Greed
  8. 8. Are myths relevant to your lifetoday?YES!Artistsof every generation tweak the myths, but the same basic pattern has shown for thousands of years!Example: ◦ Hero’s Journey: Star Wars, Last of the Mohicians, Clash of the Titans, Harry Potter, Adventures of Robin Hood
  9. 9. So…What are creation myths?
  10. 10. A story of how the Universe, Earth, and life came to be! Represent moral, religious, and spiritual beliefs of individual cultures
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