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Hicks 1 Greyson Hicks Professor Barineau Hum2020 172776 23 March 2017 The Myth of Osiris Everyone has come across a myth at some point. Whether it be religious or an explanation for how things work in the world. Many children grow up hearing and learning about myths such as the myth of a frog turning into a prince from a princess’s kiss, for entertainment purposes or for knowledge on cultures. Myths are what many people cling to for answers about the unknown. Myths typically tell of what created life, why life the way it is, or what is to come after death. Myths give people a sense of comfort in the belief there is a life to come after death. The myth of Osiris, is an Egyptian myth that explains what is to come in the afterlife. To what does the word myth refer? What is its meaning? A myth is an unproven or ahistorical claim to explain the unexplainable. They are often highly valued or disputed stories that still intrigue us even though many of us do not recognize them as a living genre in our culture. Myths often involve extraordinary characters or episodes that seem impossible in our world. Myths also seem in opposition to science because they are not testable. If the events described are from a different, earlier world, then of course they would not be repeatable or logical in our world. There are a few definitions for the word myth or categories that myths could be placed into. Myths are cosmogonic narratives, though often specifically in terms of a culture or region. Myths also explaining origins of important elements of the culture such as food, medicine, ceremonies, etc. Myths are often foundational or key narratives associated with religions. These narratives are believed to be true from within the associated faith system. Within any given
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