Dracula 2-2 - Origins of Myth I What is Myth 1 Sacred...

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Origins of Myth I. What is Myth? 1. Sacred History/World Origins 2. Nonhuman/Partially Human Characters 3. In the Past 4. Not Necessarily True 5. If Connected to Ritual, Usually True and Symbolic II. Mythology 1. Simply the study of myth, with focus on a general type or that which is particular to a certain group/culture 2. Upper/Lower Mythology a. Upper i. Myth dealing with upper realms 1. Heavens 2. Positive gods (creation gods) 3. Positive sense of afterlife b. Lower i. Myth dealing with lower realms 1. Negative gods (destruction gods) 2. Negative sense of afterlife` 3. Earth 4. Demons ii. Demonology 1. Study of demons as myth 2. Any type of malicious entity III. Four Parts of Myth 1. Form a. Usually narrative 2. Content a. Usually beginnings of the world/environment 3. Function a. Examples and models for proper living 4. Context a. Rituals IV. How to Analyze Myth 1. Four Categories of Myth a. Historical i. Natural environment of event b. Psychological i. Usage of emotions c. Sociological i. Explains society d. Structural i. Organization of world and culture
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