Society can learn valuable lessons through ancient myths. A myth, psychologically, means part truth and part fiction. Therefore, myths can teach people, through interesting tales of journeys of heroes, about important life lessons. It can also teach us about our past mistakes or ways to prevent further mistakes. For example, in the myth of Prometheus, it shows us how greedy, power-hungry leaders could lavish themselves with goods while their people suffer. This is a lesson that over time society has learned through brutal dictators and kings. Also, Prometheus argues that society should take a stand against these establishments to help better life as a whole. People should take a stand for what is right even though it may come back to hurt you.
Greek mythology has changed and evolved over the years to accommodate different beliefs and ideas. These characters in Greek mythology have shaped stories over the years. It has integrated into several different cultures including the Romans. The gods and beasts of Greek Mythology were always fighting and warring with each other and destroying one another.
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths, a novel by Bernard Evslin, retells short stories of the most famous gods and monsters of Greek Mythology. Evslin creates a simplistic way for the reader to understand more about these myths, through short story telling. Each god and monster is given their own chapter, and are explained thoroughly, but simplistically to help the reader understand these stories better. Evslin’s method of storytelling was effective and the way each story connected made it an easy and enjoyable read. I found it helpful that each piece was told through a maximum of about six pages. Only the important details were included in each of the myths, which makes this book useful for educational purposes. I can see this book
“At home, after Sunday School, Kiam always demanded to know: ‘How can anyone walk on water? How can so few baskets of bread and fish feed hundreds?’ And Santa Claus never once visited our house” (Choy 23). Everyone is familiar with myths and legends. They are read to children by teachers. The stories of battles, immortal beings, ghouls and monsters that are out there to catch people and the ever-successful hero that always saves the day. These stories have been around for many centuries, told even before the first paintings were painted and first books were written. People’s beliefs have all derived from these old stories, as they bring hope to those in despair and inspiration to those lacking ideas. Myths and legends can be seen in all cultures
Legends are passed down from generation to generation. Each generation might get a different story, but it will have the same meaning. H.M. Forester once said, “All those old myths and legends and fairytales didn’t just appear out of nowhere for no good reason, you know.” For each legend, there is a reason behind it. That legend might have been based off of someone that truly did live or something that might have happened. Alf Bolin was a very crude and selfish person while some still believe that he roams the earth.
Where do myths come from? What is their function and what do they mean? In A Short History of Myths, Karen armstrong introduces the array of approaches used to understand the study of myths. Armstrong provides various stories about myth meanings and it functions in our lives by introducing different time periods. The concept of myth is central to all cultures because it lives in our stories and every culture in human history has created its own mythologies to understand how the universe works. Myths still have the same meaning no what matter how much people start to evolve and understand the way of life differently. In A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong, all of myths about heroes and deities struggling and fighting with evil creature
Mythology is the collection of myths that denotes commonly cultural and religious beliefs of ancient human beings. The elements of it were usually the involvement of god, goddess and heroes. In addition, it was based on a man’s desire, beliefs and ideas. It also told the natural occurrence and its main purpose was to teach people moral lessons. One of the example of Greek mythology is the divine hero of ancient Greece his name was Heracles, but people knew him as Hercules. In this analysis my main focus would be: why Hercules was famous in Greek Myth? , how did he impact the world and its society? and what lessons can be learnt from him?
Every property has their own story and each of them is different. Myth is a story that our ancestors created. Nobody knows if it’s true or not, more like a legend. It depends who you are talking to, if he is a believer or not. We are already in modern era and most of the people don’t know about the myths. Other’s don’t believe in them. Some are just denying the story and there’s some who are very curious about myths. Other’s will tell you there’s nothing to lose if you will believe in myths rather than not believing in them and in the end you will suffer from it and regret it.
Greek mythology can be viewed as a mirror to the ancient Greek civilization. Ancient Greek myths and legends often reflected how the Greeks saw themselves. Myths were used by Greeks to make justifications of every existing aspect of earth as well as their own society. In myths, Greek gods & heroes often represented key aspects of the human civilization. From Greek mythology, we can learn about the favorable characteristics of humans, such as their behavior and valuable skills that were approved of by the ancient Greek society. We can also learn about what was viewed as immoral or of little value. In addition, reviewing the Greek myths allows us to determine that the Greek society was generally a patriarchal society and agricultural and war were strong elements that shaped the ancient Greek society.
Before the age of science came into existence, various ancient civilizations scattered around the world had believed in countless myths that tell about the gods, supernatural beings, mortals, god-bestowed heroes, duality, Life and Death, and the afterlife depending on the hearth of their respective culture. The intricate system and interconnection of all of these factors combined forms what is commonly known as mythology. During the bygone period, mythology is the result of their attempt to make sense of the mysteries shrouding the universe and its entirety, and they had passed these myths through words by mouth, written scriptures, and tablets from generations to generations. Because of the world's diverse culture, mythologies across the continents differ from one another; however, there are also some parts of which they overlap as well. The Inca mythology and Norse
Myths are not dissimilar to fairy tales, legends, and sagas, but its period is distinctly different from usual existential time. It is considered as an expression of childhood experiences, and it also explains the origin and meaning of the world. According to Long (1994), “The term mythology may describe a certain body of myths, for example, Greek, African, or Scandinavian, or it may refer to the study of myths” (p.694). These collections of narratives are superior when it comes to influencing different areas of knowledge. There are numerous types of mythology, but Ancient Greece is the one that has given an immense influence on modern society.
Great Myths are merely silly to most. They give off accurate, false information. Then again they can be superstitious. Myths give off that vibe that it’s gonna be serious , but aren’t really. In this case, these myths make a combo of all three. Myths, especially great ones, really give a insight on nature. “The Wooden People” is really a good example.
A myth is a false belief or idea. It is usually held within an old traditional story or it is a way to explain a natural or social phenomenon, typically involving supernatural creatures or events. Myths are stories of transformation. Many people are surprised to learn that ancient myth was often at least as violent, if not more so, than the mayhem of our modern fantasies. For example, The Godfather, and its companion, Godfather II, have been justly praised for excellence in such technical matters as acting and direction; their popularity is enhanced by less pleasant preoccupations: a lust for violence accentuated in recent years; an obsession with the details of organized crime; a cynical belief that only small distinctions separate lawless behavior from ordinary business practice.
Mythologies value is its teaching of Japanese culture and behavioral expectations. The myths project and emphasize the values of the Japanese people. It is from the myths that the Japanese culture formed. Japanese mythology has established a right way or proper form to any action due to the Buddhist components. Japanese mythology is highly valued for being a unifying manual to which the life of Japanese people has formed and lived
Myth is a story that represents a culture's values and helps to define the individuals that comprise it. All cultures are based on myths. Perhaps the most significant myth in American culture is that of the American frontier generated by the European encounters with the American West.