Read the foreword in your textbook on pages 8 and 9. Then, answer the following
questions, using three or four sentences.
a. As you begin this course, you undoubtedly have an idea of what a "myth" is. Your
textbook's editor, however, tells you that in Cam
." He also talks about the cosmological dimension (the science of myth), the element that
shows how your culture is organized. Then he describes the sociological function of myth,
one that validates the social order (the society's mode of operation) and m
The Thonga story of the girls journey to the sky-world reminds me so much of the original fairy
tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Just like the girl who climbed the rope to the sky, Jack climbed
the vine-like beanstalk into the skywhich is similar to the Af
I discovered some more information on the other gods, and goddesses, too, and found some
information about a Yoruban god of the storms particularly interesting. Shango, also known as
Chango or Xango, is the African storm god of the peoples of Yoruba, and
The myth of the tongue twisting was presumptively created to explain fairly universal
questions. The themes of these were probably along the lines of how mankind came to be, how
different tribes came about, why there are different kings to each clan, and
Despite there being over a thousand languages spoken throughout Africa, their mythologies do
illustrate a unity. Some of these include the fact that their myths tend to saymuch unlike many
of the other cultures we have studiedlittle about creation, the or
A great cosmic serpent is a common and recurring element in African mythology, and it is
perhaps one of the most prevalent creatures throughout African mythology. The serpent is
especially important because it is often a fundamental force of creation. Som
a. Describe the cosmology of the Viking world, explaining its parts and the inhabitants of each.
Cosmology of the Viking Age stated that the earth was a circle of land surrounded by ocean, in
which the World Serpent lived. In th
One thing I did not know regarding Lugh is that it is because of him a festival called Lughnasadh
came to be. The festival marks the beginning of the harvest season, particularly because Lugh
was a Celtic sun god. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal fes
a. On page 68, you read that about a basic theme in Indian thought: "Things are not what
they seem, and thus all reality is in some sense delusory." Explain what this idea means to
you. Be sure to offer some examples of your own that you think prove your
Compare and contrast the Greek creation story with others you have studied. What similarities
and differences do you find most outstanding?
When comparing Greek creation myths with the others weve learned thus far, one of the more
prominent similarities i
a. Discuss a creation myth of either China or Tibet, pointing out similarities with those you have
studied earlier in the course.
One creation myth from China involves darkness and a primordial egg, which split open and
thereafter began creation of the kn
A legend is considered to be a literary story based on a supposed historical event or person that
contained themes and elements from earlier myth. Folktale, too, is usually grounded in replicas
of ancient myth, but is still simply a work of literature. Th
1. In a paragraph of four to five sentences, discuss the basic elements generally found in creation
myths. (5 points)
Creation myths often begin with a void or an emptiness.
In creation myths, there often is either a void, or an emptiness. This void can a
Lugh is considered the Celtic lord of every skill. One of Lughs ancestors was his
grandfather, Balar of the Evil Eye. It was prophesized that Balar would be killed by his
grandson, so he imprisoned his only daughter inside a cave; she ended up giving birt
a. Summarize the story of Cu Chulainn.
Lugh had a son called Cu Chulainn, who was a warrior since early boyhood. Cu Chulainn is also
called the hound, and since the commencement of his myth has been associated to hound dogs
this is because when he was att
One of the Fenian myths is that of Finn and the Salmon of Knowledge. In a pool under
magical hazel trees, there lived a fish who fed upon their hazelnuts. The source of the
water came from the Otherworld. This salmon possessed all the knowledge of the
One of my favorite book from my childhood would have to be Goodnight Moon.
Goodnight Moon is a childrens book that was written by Margaret Brown and illustrated by
Clement Hurd. Goodnight Moon is a story that is of a young rabbit getting ready for bed. In
A) When Lukens states that a writers style is a personal choice she is saying that there is no
way that two authors can develop the same style of writing. Each individual is different
and has a different thinking process so when they are developing story
I am doing my reading log for the week on the timeless classic Holes by Louis Sacher.
These classical tale tells a story of a young teenager by the name on Stanley Yelenats who has
nothing but bad luck. Well his whole family has nothing but bad luck and i