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Unformatted text preview: Ritual Theory-A key to ancient cult practices Psychological-Freud and Jung, archetypes and the modern mind Folktale-Structuralism, narrative patterns, motifs Social-Myths indicate ancient attitudes; myths subject to revision What are Myths? Myth- A traditional tale with secondary partial reference to something of collective importance-Walter Burkert Greek Myths-traditional narratives related to the Olympian pantheon, shared history, and ritual practice Types in traditional tales- exogamic suitor (search for food and progeny), monster-killer, fatal maidens, trickster, reciprocity, trebling What is Mythology? Muthos- utterance, explanation; poetry Logos- word, speech, an account; prose Mythology-a prose account of poetic narratives....
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- Fall '08