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WR Reading Guide Myth Hinduism0

WR Reading Guide Myth Hinduism0 - Kessler Chapter 4 Myth as...

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Kessler, Chapter 4: Myth as Sacred Story 3-5 Key Terms: How do we often use the term “myth”? What is the technical definition of myth Kessler is using? (60) Notice the importance of understanding HOW a common word is being used in the study of religion. Don’t assume you know what someone means because you know one definition of a word. What is the difference between sacred and profane? Do you think of the Enuma elish as a myth? Do you think of the Torah or Bible as a set of “myths”? Why or why not? What is the difference between the creation stories in Judaism and the Enuma elish ?(68) How might these differences affect how people think about “human nature”? What religious functions do myths serve? (70) What social functions do myths serve? (70)
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How do myths give people a sense of identity? (70) Think of a myth you know---it doesn’t have to be from a “traditional” religion. What functions do you think it serves?
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