Unit Four Text Questions.docx - Unit Four Mythology Folklore Text Questions Review Questions 1 What key roles do animals play in legends and mythology

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Unit Four: Mythology & Folklore Text Questions Review Questions 1. What key roles do animals play in legends and mythology? Choose one to describe in detail. These creatures often play a central role, and in many myths and legends the beast is the antagonist that must ultimately be defeated by the hero. Animals in mythology and legend are often portrayed as 'supersized' monsters. The Japanese Ushi-oni, is an aquatic creature with the body of a giant spider and a head with large horns like that of an ox. It dwells in the oceans and pools of waterfalls. In one version of the legend the monster steals the shadows of its victims in order to kill them. These gigantic creatures represent the enormity of many obstacles of life and the fear of things we do not understand. When a monster is destroyed in legends it helps those listening to the tale face their own monsters with confidence. 2. Discuss one creation story where an animal plays an important role. Make sure to tell where it originated. The creation myth of the Japanese Ainu people describes the world as a great swamp with nothing but an enormous trout in it. God placed the earth on the back of the great fish and he became its foundation. As the trout breathes water in and out the tides ebb and flow. If he takes too much water in the causes a tsunami when he exhales, and if he flops about too much he causes an earthquake. 3. How are animals personified in myths and legends? What is one example of the symbolic nature of animals as portrayed in myths and legends?
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