Myths…What are they and where do they come from?
Myths are:Stories based on tradition ◦ Some factual ◦ Some completely fictionalSacred tales that explain the world and man’s experienceAttempted answers to the timeless questionsSometimes merely reassurance for the unexplainable natural phenomenon
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
Myths Across CulturesInteresting 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!
Similar what!?!?!?!??!Archetype: ◦ Model, original-a very typical example Ex: father, mother, paradise, hero, women of powerTheme: ◦ 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
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 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