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Mythology

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Evan Cornelius

on 17 January 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Mythology Mythology is a collection of myths written about the origin and history of a people and their deities, ancestors, and heroes (American Heritage Dictionary).

In many cultures mythology served as their religion. Euhemerism: the belief that myths are distorted accounts of real life historical events. There are many similarities among the different mythological groups because the centers of their beliefs are based on similar gods addressing similar issues. Influences of Mythology Mythology has had a lasting impact over time. Considering that the Ice Age occurred over 2.6 million years ago and we still study, read about, and see the effects of mythology today shows us the lasting impact it has carried for such a long. We use phrases, words, and symbols that refer to mythological gods and creatures. The content is still studied today for historical and literary purposes. Summary Mythology has been around for centuries even though it is not practiced today like it was by early cultural groups that first used it to explain natural phenomenon. Its historical, literary, and cultural effects continue to keep it a topic of interest in today's society and for educational purposes. Definition I chose the topic of mythology for my AIG project because I read the Percy Jackson series that was about a demigod and his two friends that went on quests and it made me want to learn more about mythology. In this presentation I am going to tell you what mythology is, how it came about, what purpose it served, and how it has affected literature and culture. I chose to discuss four major cultures that believe in mythology: Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse. I chose these cultures because they are well known for their mythology. I have read books based on Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology. Introduction Why Myths were created to explain events or things that ancient people did not understand such as: how or why the sun rises, how lightning strikes, the afterlife, and creation. How No one person created mythology it just evolved over time from stories passed down within different cultures. When Historians do not really know when or where mythology started but they say it probably started around the Ice Age or shortly after. The Four Ideas Of How Myths Originated Allegories: idea that myths were started to teach a lesson or explain natural phenomenon. Personification: the idea that early cultures worshipped natural phenomenon by turning them into gods instead of objects. Myth - Ritual Theory: idea that man tried to explain earlier rituals or beliefs in magic through myths. Similarities Greek Roman Egyptian Norse Bibliography Tree.com Wikipedia.com Enotes.com Rickriordan.com Listal.com Goodreads.com Yahooanswers.com Googleimages.com Thanasis.com/modern Teenink.com Donlehmanjr.com By
Evan Cornelius
8th Grade AIG
Mrs. Carson
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