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Myth Theories of mythology and the symbolism of snakes
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Myth Stories whose truth value is taken to be self evident. Stories that explain why things are the way they are. Stories that explain the past and /or predict the future.
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Freud – A Psychological Theory of Mythology Id – subconscious, evil and dangerous instincts Ego – Conscious control of the Id. Super-ego – Social and Cultural conventions.
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Adam, Eve and the Serpent – Psychological Universals: Myths express the conflict between the Id and the Super-ego.
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Medusa – The symbolism of snakes: Evil, Danger, and Temptation
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Hercules – Overcoming evil, danger and temptation
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Malinowski: A Functional Theory of Mythology
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Functional Theory of Myths Myths justify the social order. Myths explain why society functions in the way that it does. Example Declaration of Independence – charter for social justice, political freedom, individual right Genesis – Explains gender relations.
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Claude Levi-Strauss: Structural Theory of Mythology
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