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Kinds of Sacred Stories Myth : stories that explain why the world is the way it is Sacred History (narrative): stories which place the sacred within historical persons and/or events Parable : teaching stories
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Characteristics of Myth Stories of times and places before and beyond the world we live in today (e.g. Eden) Involving the fantastic: fantastic or supernatural beings (e.g. talking snakes) Intent: to explain (e.g. origins) and validate (e.g. caste) what is Not “false tales” – beyond proof (because the Not how it came to be but what it means
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Kinds of Myths Creation stories - Do not confuse a creation myth with the theory of evolution. Evolution = how; creation = why, meaning, values Lesser origins (of law, rite, custom, geographic feature) End of the world (eschatology) Lesser endings (of a city or empire) Stories of death and the afterlife Stories of gods and demons Stories of transformation or incarnation between the human and non-human
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