REL 150 Myth

REL 150 Myth - Brett Szabo REL 150: Response Paper #1 Myth...

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Brett Szabo REL 150: Response Paper #1 Myth is defined as a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon (m-w.com). The popular use of the word “myth” is now used synonymously with urban myth or urban legend, an often lurid story or anecdote that is based on hearsay and widely circulated as true (m-w.com). The majority of the time the word “myth” is used in today’s world, it is not in a religious context. In this context, the word is further used as a replacement for legends or fables. Myths in the religious sense are things that help explain the unexplainable, such as the beginning and end of time. The composers of the majority of these religious myths are unknown; however, two of the most famously known authors of these myths are the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers Grimm told and wrote religious stories from what they observed in nature. Their myths, circa 1850, were based off nature mythology, the idea that extraordinary occurrences in nature have a religious affirmation to them. In summary, the word “myth” in popular use is used in place of “urban legend,” while “myth” in the context of religious studies explains the unexplainable through devout stories.
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