Myths

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Today we are going to be talking about myths.

The term myth has come to refer to a certain genre of stories that share characteristics that makes this genre distinctly different from other genres of oral narratives, such as legends and folktales.Many definitions of myth repeat similar general aspects of the genre and may be summarized thus: Myths are symbolic tales of the distant past (often primordial times) that concern cosmogony and cosmology (the origin and nature of the universe), may be connected to belief systems or rituals, and may serve to direct social action and values.

Myths are Cosmogonic Narratives, though often specifically in terms of a particular culture or region. Given the connection to origins, the setting is typically primordial (the beginning of time) and characters are proto-human or deific. Myths also often have cosmogonic overtones even when not fully cosmogonic, for instance dealing with origins of important elements of the culture (food, medicine, ceremonies, etc.).
Myths are Narratives of a Sacred Nature, often connected with some Ritual. Myths are often foundational or key narratives associated with religions. These narratives are believed to be true from within the associated faith system (though sometimes that truth is understood to be metaphorical rather than literal). Within any given culture there may be sacred and secular myths coexisting. Myths are narrative formative or reflective of social order or value within a culture. They are also narrative representative of a particular epistemology or way of understanding nature and organizing thought. Myths usually involve heroic characters who mediate inherent, troubling dualities, reconcile us to our realities, or establish the patterns for life.

Myths usually is or was considered a true explanation of the natural world and how it came to be. characters are often non-human (god, goddesses, supernatural beings, e.g.).  The setting is in a world similar to ours but not the same and the plot may involve interplay between worlds. Myths depict events that blend or break the natural laws.

Example of a myths are:

  • Circle the Beautiful Witch
  • The Homecoming of Odysseus
  • Troy
  • Helen and Troy
  • The Minataur
  • Orpheus
  • The Midas Touch
  • and more.
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