Mythology - Lecture 1

Mythology - Lecture 1 - Mythology What is a myth according...

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Sheet1 Page 1 Mythology 1/16/08 What is a myth, according to Donna Rosenberg: -Symbolizes human experience -Represent the beliefs of a specific society (The way they see and understand the world) -Originated as an oral tradition -Some myths try to explain the origin of the world/universe ->0thers try to explain the nature of gods ->Others try to explain a model of human behaviour (how people should act) Myths are important tools -By reading them we try to understand ourselves and other cultures -Understand how we are connected to eachother -Doesn't matter what they try to explain ->They are a good way to better understand a specific culture The kind of questions myths address -Who am I? -What do I do? -What kind of environment is this? -What kind of society do I lead? -What is my relationship to other human beings? -How do I survive in different surroundings? Similarities- -Myths from different cultures have a common theme ->How this universe is created ->All start with a divine figure that separates the earth from the sky ->In the world, as in nature, birth-maturity-death are often followed by rebirth
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course HUMS 160 taught by Professor Litos during the Fall '08 term at Lansing.

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Mythology - Lecture 1 - Mythology What is a myth according...

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