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September 11, 2019Pop culture and religion are seen as 2 different things, but in reality they are strands Films have rituals, they are cathartic experiences that allow us to safely and temporarily enter a new space and return to everyday life altered This ca be related to “Bloodletting rituals” where they do a release of violent acts to release unreleased trauma Language of our media makes it easy for stereotypes, “grass ceiling” that is created through over emphasizing certain groups WHAT IS A MYTH?Myths invented archetypes Myth is a foundational narrative Mythos and logos are foundational narratives held to be paradigmatic We are Story tellers as a species. This answers the question to “why myths?”When we explain ourselves to people, its through story telling Who made the world?Why do we sleep at night?Myths help explain natural phenomenon’sMyths functions to explain our society “Why do we have a queen”“Why are there bosses and employees”Explains the structures and oppressions from a society *Euhemerism* myths are version of real events/people that have become altered or fictionalized over time Civil Religion Theory: The idea that myth serves to sacrilize the state/monarchy/ etc.Even in governments, renders the history of a nation as legendary Ritual Theory: myths explain/enrich ritual behaviours and events Eliade: To capture the essence of an original, authentic creative past and render it into paradigms that enable believers to connect with that sacred past
Kirk’s Traditional Tale Theory: Myths are just stories that are passed down from one generation to the next Joseph Campbell: Myths serve several functions, all at once -to render awesome the state of being -creating an ordered cosmology-to support/sustain the social order *All myths are just one big myth*Its about what it means to be HUMAN“The Monomyth” One big recycled myth. (a product of its time). Creates the archetype of the “Hero’s Journey” Early Greek philosophers saw myths as untrue and linked them to as lies/untrue Doesn’t have to be cited, variable How Ideas become myth and meaning All pieces of art start in the wealth of knowledge Externalization -Man creates his social world by ordering the mass of sense and impressions and experiences into a meaningful wholeObjectificationOmer Bartov on collective representation -arsenal of representation- a treasure of house Art is a PROCESSMeaning has to be picked up by the people who consume the artProduction, circulation, consumption (reading and contesting), reproduction (opposition) Stories can become used for entertainment They all have economic functions Myths have a relationship with their audience Myths can appear as-artifacts-as text-as narrative/structure-retellings
Archetypes in Myth and MediaA pattern that is repeated over and over againRefers to as a set of character templates used repeatedly in story and symbolizing certain and concepts, often series of dualities In media, it relates to stock characters