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Unformatted text preview: What is Myth? o A story/fable- (cautionary) message involved, unproven, sacred o Explains natural events or phenomena o Relationship between Gods and humans o Collective importance to many people o Allegorical- similes/metaphor to phenomena o Timeless element (unproven) 1. Myths are primarily concerned with the gods and human relationship with them 2. Legends and sagas- rooted in history(even if they are fanatical) 3. Folktales- similar to legends, except their primary purpose is to entertain 4. Fairytales- moral content aimed at the young "Mythos" means "word," "speech" Myth and Truth 1. Myth is a many-faceted personal and cultural phenomenon created to provide a reality and a unity to what is transitory and fragmented in the world we experience. Myth provides us with absolutes in the place of ephemeral values and with a comforting perception of the world that is necessary to make the insecurity and terror of existence bearable 2. While certain concepts, such asa the afterlife, are mythic, that is not empirically verified, they are 2....
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- Spring '09