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RELG211 - Lecture 2

RELG211 - Lecture 2 - -Describe the cosmos/response to the...

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Sheet1 Page 1 Lecture 2: Myths - A story, generally true for the people who believe in the myth. Truths can be found by those who look for it. Teacher Definition: A myth is a story whose truth is not in it's scientific or historic validity or the way we think about true things Myth can have four different functions: -can teach people how to live -describe why things are the way they are (i.e. women's pain in childbirth/adam&eve) -explain the way things are (etiological myths/myths of origins/the way things go to the way they are)
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Unformatted text preview: -Describe the cosmos/response to the universe/describe the universe. Faced with the wonder/awesomeness of the universe Myths convey truth through symbols. Symbols have meaning in and of themselves, but have deeper meaning-Purpose is to move past the initial thought of said symbol TO the deeper meaning Don't confuse the literal with the religious Read chapter 2 for HW...
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