Floating about in all types of literature, there are many legends as to how the earth was created; these legends are known as creation myths. A creation myth offers answers to questions that ask how the earth was created, and explains the social customs of today as well as the workings of the natural world by telling an elaborate story. The Cherokee Indians have spread their beliefs on this topic throughout generations through oral tradition. Recent authors have taken these myths to paper to preserve history and to spread them even further around the world. “How the World Was Made” is a creation myth that not only offers an abundance of information regarding the origin of earth, but also supports the social traditions of today’s society and attempts to explain the intangible, natural workings of the world.
Joseph answers this debate beautifully with his four functions of Myths. Starting with mystical function, cosmological dimension, sociological and the last pedagogical means to teach humans how to live under any circumstance. Through mythological stories from ancient time through recognition of events of current cult classes like Star Wars, Matrix or stories of living people in current history told as a hero’s journey. Wondering if Mr. Campbell would see if the self-help industry adapting mythology with psychology, philosophy, and religion. Understanding that most people see religion separate from mythology being a belief system.
The purpose of this is to show that stories are the foundation of how we live our lives and that each story that we tell, or do not tell, has the ability to change another life. But each story he tells also tells another story. Each story King has introduced us to, had a different purpose. Each story showed us the way Natives were perceived from the beginning of time and until now. His stories invite us into his life and his way of thinking but they also walk us through the history and livelihood of the native people.
Heroes separate themselves from the rest because they don’t allow struggle to stop them from achieving great things” (111). This description is easily relatable to everyday life, in saying that no matter how hard life gets, we should never let the fear of our obstacles
It is more like an affective art work than a scientific proposition." (Balnicke, The Hero’s journey). This helps us understand why in the hero with a thousand faces, Campbell focuses on the mythological stories to show the importance of the Monomyth and hero’s quest and how it is important to understanding the human condition. Campbell proposes that no matter what fairy-tail is being dissected in the end it will always be
In what way(s) are these stories etiological? Etiological stories are important because the authors take what they know about the present and use it to explain how something came to be. Oftentimes people in today’s society get wrapped up in the thought that these narratives are meant to be factual and historical, which is not always the case. Both the Iroquois and Navajo creation stories have etiological elements. The Iroquois Creation Story describes the creation of the universe two existing worlds.
Usually in a revisioned fashion to fit the needs of the civilization. This is best demonstrated through the recurring pattern of a worldwide deluge engulfing the planet within several works of ancient civilizations. Seen within “The Torah”, “The Epic of Gilgamesh”, and from a folklore tale about the God Vishnu. These stories could only have been passed along and refurbished if there were contacts with the other civilizations. This can be answered through trading between these civilizations.
History is everywhere, no matter where you are or where you are going, there is always a back-story behind everything. Since the day we founded this country in 1492 to present day, we continue to create history, but how do we preserve the memory or of it actually happening? Philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” History tends to repeat itself, but with these memorials, we are constantly looking at what we did in the past to try an avoid such issues arising or help with solving an issue. In Memorial Mania, Erika Doss argues that we as a society have “an obsession with issues of memory and history and an urgent desire to express and claim those issues in visibly public contexts”
The Six Day Creation Story All Ancient cultures have a creation story and those stories become the center of their rituals, politics, and cultural identity. The same is no different for Genesis 1 and 2. Both were put down into writing during the Israelites time of Babylonian Captivity and exile. During this time to set the identity of Israelites and declare their independence, the stories actively take on ideas that go against the pagan creation myths, but also have some influence from them. Due to all the cultural influences on the Israelites; there are interpretative issues that occur from those that do not have the cultural background, and when one understands the cultural influences the creation stories gain a new meaning.
In early literate civilizations, religion was largely characterized by the worship of and reverence for a collective body of deities that explain natural phenomena. These conceptual Gods played an incessant role in developing human consciousness, dictating both human thought and action. It is unsurprising, then, that the Gods of Homer’s Iliad direct the course of the epic’s characters and even the Trojan war itself. Indeed, the Iliad anthropomorphizes these divine beings and frequently showcases their interactions with both one another and the Trojan and Achaean soldiers, whether in the form of direct contact, prayer, or prophecy. Given Homer’s “distinguished, inclusive, and elastic” vision of the gods, Scholar Roy Hack proposes that Homer was a personal polytheist, signified further by his envisioned world being “effectively governed (throughout) by divine power.” Contrary to this, the actions of the Gods in the Iliad are often antithetical to the grandiose descriptions of their reputations and abilities found in other Greek literature.