Task One

Task One: Story Telling: Myths

In my research I plan to find different myths form different cultures, find out if different cultures can be connected with mythology and belief’s and if mythology can have a direct impact on people.

Myth: “A traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or event”
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/myth

myths form different countries:

  • Greek: Hercules
  • The American Indian: Breathmaker, (Seminole) or Creator, made humans out of clay.
  • Egyptian: Horus God of day; son of Osiris and Isis; hawk-headed.
  • Chinese: Chu Jung, God of fire. Chu Jung punishes those who break the laws of heaven.
  • Japanese: Joro-Gumo. A spider woman who seduces men wraps them in her webs then posion/eats them.
  • Indian: Garuda, a creature that takes form of being half man half eagle and is said that he feasts on the snakes and is the ruler of the birds.

By investigating into the different mythology form different countries I have found that there are many similarities in each of the myths listed. I have found that all of these myths are based around Gods/Goddesses or supernatural creatures which have been used to help make sense of occurrences beyond our knowledge, however there are other myths like ‘Joro-Gumo’ which is much darker and more frightening. Joro-Gumo is not a Goddess but a creature that has a massive amount of power over love, allure and seduction. She is like a much more frightening version of Aphrodite the Greek Goddess of love. This supports my theory that there is a cultural connection through the similarities of mythology.
In ancient Greece the Gods were far more than stories and entertainment, they were a religion I know this because though my research I have found extracts that help to explain were the Gods came from and the belief’s that followed them.

“Polytheistic Greek religion encompassed a myriad of gods, each representing a certain facet of the human condition, and even abstract ideas such as justice and wisdom could have their own personification. The most important gods, though, were the Olympian gods led by Zeus. These were Athena, Apollo, Poseidon, Hermes,Hera, Aphrodite, Demeter, Ares, Artemis, Hades, Hephaistos, and Dionysos. These gods were believed to reside on Mt. Olympos and would have been recognised across Greece”

“Gods became patrons of cities, for example, Aphrodite for Corinth and Helios for Rhodes, and were called upon for help in particular situations, for example, Ares during war and Hera for weddings. Some gods were imported from abroad, for example, Adonis, and incorporated into the Greek pantheon whilst rivers and springs could take on a very localised personified form such as the nymphs.”

http://www.ancient.eu/Greek_Religion/

We should however remember that like every religion the Grecians would practice religion everywhere at any time by personal individuals, however around 2000 years ago the religion of Hellenism/Olympianism had been banned, according to an artical in the Guardian back in 2006 it stated that the religion was unbanned and it was to be presumed.

“An Athens court has ordered that the adulation of Zeus, Hera, Hermes, Athena and co is to be unbanned, paving the way for a comeback of pagans on Mount Olympus.”

“”What we want, now, is for the government to fully recognise our religion,” Vasillis Tsantilas told the Guardian. “We will petition the Greek parliament, and the EU if that fails, for access to worship in places like the Acropolis, for permission to have our own cemeteries and, where necessary, to re-bury the [ancient] bones of the dead.””

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/may/05/greece

This tells us that in Greek the mythology of the Gods is taken very seriously and is just like any other religion, as lovely as it is for the rest of us for entertainment with their stories we should treat it with just as much respect as we would want for our religions. This has supported my idea that mythology can also have a direct impact on people and their personal lives as well as connect people all over the globe through the stories of the many God’s and mythological creatures.

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