Definition of Myth

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GENERAL DEFINITION OF MYTH: Myths tell stories in words (e.g. in epic poetry) or images (e.g. in vase  paintings). Myths are sacred narratives because they deal with gods and  religion. Their fundamental function is aetiologal (see # 1 below).  Myths— 1. provide explanations. They give accounts (aetiologies) why the world is  as it is, why foundations took place, etc.; 2. deal with origins. They tell about beginnings, e.g. of natural life forms,  and about social or cultural foundations, e.g. of cults, rituals, cities; 3. address major aspects of religion. They explain the importance and power 
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Unformatted text preview: of superior and supreme beings (heroes and gods) in human affairs and in the world at large; 4. are therefore sacred (because of their religious aspects) and moral (because of the ethical implications in the stories and their applications to life in society). 5. can also, and often do, fulfill demands for popular entertainment. Their moral aspects or lessons are usually contained in the stories themselves. Myths do not preach sermons but leave it to their hearers or readers to draw appropriate conclusions....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course CLAS 250 taught by Professor Martinwinkler during the Summer '11 term at George Mason.

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