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Introduction to Mythology

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Patricia McArdle

on 6 February 2014

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Transcript of Introduction to Mythology

Introduction to Mythology -A body or collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes.
Reason #1
Reason #2
These myths and stories give us—as a culture—a way to learn moral lessons.
Reason #3
Myth came before philosophy and science. The same questions that our religions used to ask, now our philosophies and our sciences try to answer.
Reason #4
Reason #5
Myths sprung up before religion. A culture's mythos IS the storied foundation of the culture.
Why Study Mythology?
There is no possible way to completely understand the basics of literature, performing, and fine arts without knowing at least some parts of Greek mythology.
The great mythic themes were known before literature.All great works of literature are based on mythic themes or stories.
they can help us understand how to deal with the everyday challenges that we—as humans—encounter.
Myth came before psychology. People still make the same kind of mistakes like the characters in Greek myths did which is why we read and analyze them today.
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