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Why There's Mythology

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Emily Ryan

on 20 February 2015

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Transcript of Why There's Mythology

By Emily Ryan
Quarter 3

Myths Around The World
Why Do People Create Myths?
That was my question for this research/media project. I've always been interested in different types of mythology, so I decided to check this out.
Gods And Godesses
People have long worshipped gods and godesses. In fact, some religions worshipped inanimate objects. Often, these objects and/or people controlled different weather, moods, and everything else unexplainable by science.
Greek/Roman/Norse Gods
The Greeks and the Roman's worshipped the same gods, in a sense. The Roman's just changed some names and tweaked the personalities a bit. For example, in Greece, Athena was the god of wisdom and knowledge, strength and just warfare, as well as crafts . In Rome, Minerva ( Athena ), was still the goddess of wisedom and crafts, but was much less of a warrior goddess. Like the Greeks and Romans, the Norse culture had worshipped a sytstem of many gods as well, with one head god, who is this case, was named Odin.
Myths Around The World
1. Andersen, Johannes C. Myths and Legends of the Polynesians. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company, Inc, 1969. Print.
2.Bulfinch, Thomas. Bulfinch;s Mythology. New York, New York: Avenel Books, n.d. Print.
3. Cole, Joanna. Best Loved FolkTales Of The World. 666 Fifth Avenue, New York: Doubleday, 1982. Print.
4.Curtin, Jeremiah. Creation Myths Of Primitive America. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc, 2002. Print.
5. Halacsy, Peter, Peter Arvai, and Adam Somlai-Fischer. Prezi. N.p., Apr. 2009. Web. 15 Mar. 2013.
6. Jacobs, Joseph. Celtic Fairy Tales. Mineola, N.Y: Dover Publications, Inc, 1968. Print.
7. KnightCite. Calvin College, 2004. Web. 15 Mar. 2013.
My Research Process
1. I chose my topic because I have a love for reading, and most of my reading is fiction. Fiction is built up from creativeness, which is also what Myths were built up from.
2. I picked my resources by looking for interesting books on myths, gods, ect. (Which are, by the way, in the nonfiction side of the library.) I also searched on Britannica for cool sites on mythology.
3. I chose my media project format as a prezi because I found it much easier to use. When I started out, I chose Photostory so that I could add music to my project, but soon found it unbearably boring. Hence, I ended up at a more popular website, Prezi.
4. I learned a few new things while doing this project. For one, I rarely ever read about Norse gods. So when they popped up in this project, I became interested. Thor apparently had quite a few kids, like Zeus. Also,
Odd Happenings in the World
Everywhere in the world, no matter where you look, something odd has happened. This included back in ancient times. Some things we think as normal, the ancients' would think as odd. For example, we know how volcanoes work, scientifically. The ancient Greeks, and many others didn't. That includes the city of Pompeii, which was buried underneath ash and lava. Things like powerful emotions, such as love, couldn't be explained or fully understood either. That's when the stories, legends, and myths began to come in.
The Story of...Basically Anything.
The title happens to say what I'm going for. Basically, well, anything can be turned into a myth or a story or a legend. Say a guy ate the world's largest icecream cone, and that guy's son told his daughter, told her grandson told his friend that told his mom. By then, it would techiniquely be a legend. After all, there is no proof of it, right?
Say you tell a story of why, maybe...Cat's always land on their feet. You could use heroes (Go Cat Guy!), monsters, and many other things. In that case, that would be a myth.
Stories are all in all, stories. There isn't neccesarily anything they have to explain, or tell about from the past. They can have mentions of myths and gods and inanimate objects being worshipped by some monkeys, though.
Different Cultures Created Stories Too
Ahem...We've all heard of the Greeks, have we not? They're one of the more obvious examples. The story of Odysses, how they believed that Hepheastus was the one who made valcanoes blow their tops, and many more. They just did what other cultures did too. Make their own myths about how the world worked and revolved. Ever hear of Atlas, the big strong guy why holds up our sky? Yeah...If the sky ever really does fall down, Chicken Little, we'll know whose fault it really is.
That's Why There're Myths
Because people were, and are afraid of the unknown. Because they need someone or something to believe in. What is that strange rock falling out of the sky? What happens after we die? Why are we here, at this time, on this land? Who controls everything, I mean, there has to be someone? Or are we all alone? Eventually, Gods, Goddesses, and myths began to pop up.
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