Response Paper (2) Big Fish and the Functions of Myth

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Kelley Krueger Intro to Religion/ Hornsby 28 September 2010 Response Paper #2: Big Fish and the Functions of Myth The word myth is used in many contexts, but it doesn't seem to have a single meaning. When people use the word, what do they have in mind? Unfortunately for those who want a simple answer to the question, "What is myth?” there is no completely satisfactory answer, although a decent, serious, working definition is provided at the end by discussing the functionality and different theories of myth. Livingston gives us Alan Watts’ definition of myth to be “a complex of stories…which, for various reasons, human beings regard as a demonstration of the inner meaning of the universe and of human life” (63); meaning a myth is a collection of stories that holds a universal truth through symbols. A myth tells us more about the ideology, or the deeper layer, of our society. It provides us with a guideline for how we are supposed to be “normal” in our society. To better define myth, Livingston also provides us with several of the different functions of
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2010 for the course RELG 109 taught by Professor Hornsby during the Fall '10 term at Drury.

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