• 2001 A Metaphorical Odyssey
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    2001: A Metaphorical Odyssey Myths are created for the purpose of conveying a message with an interesting medium with which to do so. Many cultures use myths to teach their young about the past. Through time, however, these myths become impractical due to discovery. This is when a new myth must be introduced to take the place of the obsolete one. Stanley Kubrick shaped 2001: A Space Odyssey as a new myth to crack the archaic view of space, by using a hero, a dilemma, and a new revelation to fuel...
  • Custer And The Great Controversy
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    Custer and the Great Controversy by Robert M. Utley The controversy of General Custer and the actions that culminated his fate and almost three hundred men under his command has long been discussed and debated by many historians as well as important military officials all trying to conclude what happened at the Battle of Little Bighorn. There have been countless myths and legends of what occurred on that fateful day in American history, but there has yet to be a solid right answer. This answer i...
  • Native American Myths Mythology Culture
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    This site is primarily a source for Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Celtic, Native American, Japanese, Chinese, and Babylonian Mythology... also called religion. Many people have different definitions of what Mythology really is. 'Mythology is known as the body of myths of a particular culture, and the study and interpretation of those myths. Myth may be broadly defined as a narrative, that through many retelling's, has become an accepted tradition in a society.' If this is the true definition of mytho...
  • The Function Of A Myth
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    The Function of a Myth To understand the function of a myth, it is important to have a common understanding of what the word myth means. A myth is a traditional, often ancient story, dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves to describe an accepted fundamental view of a people. These views are communicated by explaining aspects of the natural world or outlining the psychology, customs, or ideals of society. In the world that we live in today, myths have been replaced by ...
  • Mythology Journeys Of The Underworld
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    Journeys of the Underworld Throughout time, Myths have been used through civilizations in order to explain the "unexplainable." Different cultures describe their difficulties and what their gods did in order to solve these. Because most of the disasters or difficulties were tied together or somehow the same, the myths tend to overlap. More important than the similarities are the differences among the cultures, because all of them beautifully tell their own "side of the story." One of the most ap...
  • Creation In Mythology Three Myth
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    Torre fiel, NeilLuceroMythologyOctober 11, 2000 The creation of man and the world is a question that has resonated since the conscience of thought and analysis began. We as human beings have the tendency to seek out the reasons and truths of the phenomena that occur around us, and our desire to achieve answers has not hindered our exploration of human existence. We tease ourselves by asking the most simplistic questions: why are we here; how did we come to be; who created our world? And as our m...
  • Myths And Legends Of Japan
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    Myths and Legends of Japan Japan has many myths believed to be true by the Japanese culture. Such as: 'You can tell a person's character from their blood type'. The Japanese creation myth starts off with brother and sister gods Izanagi and Izanagi. They dipped a spear into the churning sea and when they pulled it out the drops that fell on the water surface became the islands of Japan. Next the sun goddess Amaterasu, was created and was soon sent to heaven to rule over the world. She some time ...
  • The Riddle Of The Sphinx
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    The Riddle of the Sphinx The study of myths probably began in the 4 th century. BC. when Euthemerusexplained them as exaggerated adventures of historical individuals. The allegorical interpretation of myths, stemming from the 18 th century study, says that at one time myths were invented by wise men to point out a truth, but after a time myths were taken literally. The linguistic corruption interpretation says that myths could be understood as allegory for events found in nature. The Jungian's s...
  • Four Myth Theories Myths Theory Human
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    Four Theories of Myth There are four basic theories of myth. Those theories are: the rational myth theory, functional myth theory, structural myth theory, and the myth theory. The rational myth theory states that myths were created to explain natural events and forces. Functional myths are what you call the kinds of myths that were created as a type of social control. The third myth theory is the structural myth theory. This theory says that myths were patterned after human mind and human nature...
  • Myths In Human Civilization
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    Myths In Human Civilization Throughout the history of human civilization, myths have been an integral part of human society. Myths have no cultural boundaries as they can be found in all cultural societies. The word myth can be referred to the classical Greek and Roman mythology or a contemporary myth. Regardless of the type of myth, the yare stories used to give meaning to a phenomenon or symbolic manner to the natural cycles that surround humankind. Myths are used to explain and understand ou...
  • Classical Mythology Myths One People
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    Classical Mythology What would one think if he goes back in time to a period where myths were common? Would one believe it to be true or hold his own opinion? I would say it depends on the situation and on what type of myth it is. Classical period was full of myths. There were many aspects to mythology that were held important in the classical era. One of the most significant aspects of the Greek mythology was that it was the primary concept to put humans at the midpoint of the universe. Not lik...
  • Horse Dealer Daughter Mythology
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    Cosmological Life Cycles In "The Horse-Dealer's Daughter" Cosmological myths serve the purpose of explaining existence, particularly to less scientifically advanced cultures. These myths, or stories, were created as a way of dealing with the questions regarding the universe which could not be answered concretely. Cosmic myths include creation myths, flood myths, apocalyptic myths, and afterlife myths. Examples of all of these aspects of the cosmological life cycle are present in D. H. Lawrence's...
  • Aids Virus Hiv Main
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    The name for AIDS is short for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Some people think that aids are the same thing as HIV. But they are wrong because HIV is the virus that means human immunodeficiency virus. Some people can have the HIV virus and not be diagnosed as having aids for up to ten years. What the virus does is attacks the immune system directly until it just shuts down and you die. There are two main ways that people can get aids one of them is by doing drugs, like using the same need...
  • Greek Mythology Myths Human Held
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    Long ago, people lacked knowledge on why certain things happened. Without scientific answers, like we have today, the Ancient Greeks created their own answers about the world and an individual's place in it. These tales were known as myths. They described the feelings and values that bound the members of society. There are two types of myths -- creation myths and explanatory myths. A creation myth explained the start of many events such as the origin of the world and the creation of human being...
  • Myths Gods Stories Answers
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    Myths are entertaining stories; they cover the basis from Heroin adventures, tales of heroism, passionate love stories, Monsters, Gods and much more. In their time myths would serve many important functions for the society and culture that believed in them. Myths attempt to explain the unanswerable questions to provide reasons that things are the way they are. Classical myths are terrific entertaining stories, the most common are of the Greek and Romans. For the ancients, they had a religious si...
  • Myths And Parable Story Myth Audience
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    John D. Crossan parallels story to life. This essay will examine several aspects of story. First, I will examine the relationship between story and humans' lives and how it is limited by language. Second, I will examine the differences between myths and parables and their polar opposition within the field of a story. Third, I will examine the Prodigal Son to illuminate the necessary elements of a parable. Stories serve to define humans' reality and the use of specific types of stories evokes di...
  • Myth Comparison Wood Nymphs
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    Compare/ Contrast essay December 6, 1998 Final Draft Comparison Essay Myths are one of the ways people attempt to explain the unexplainable. With the development modern technology the myth has been much less used. According to Webster's college dictionary myth is defined as "A traditional or legendary story, especially one that involves gods and heroes and explains a cultural practice or natural phenomenon." To me myths are a wonderful thing; they represent creativity and are a very good way to ...
  • Mythology Gods Or Goddesses
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    People of the ancient world needed something to believe in, a deity or an idea. The reason for mythology is not known for sure, but it is thought to be a kind of religion and an answer to how something in nature came into existence. This would be ideas like; man, animals, flowers or trees, the sun, the moon, the stars, earthquakes, etc. The idea of religion is thought of from myths, because most of the myths have to do with gods or goddesses and religious ideas. The theories of the sources of m...
  • Reader A Valuable Lesson Myths Life Myth
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    Myths with a Lesson versus Explanatory Mythology A myth can be defined as a traditional story that is used to explain some phenomenon about nature or man. Although this is the popular definition, I feel that mythology has much more to offer than simply to explain the unexplainable. Myths entertain, but more importantly they teach morals and values through life lessons that most people can relate to in one way or another. This is best shown by looking at some myths that teach lessons and morals, ...
  • The Myth Of Er And Metals
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    The Myth of Er and the Myth of Metals found in Plato's Republic play an integral role in the comprehension and progression of the narrative's debate. The myths are not mere stories; rather, they provide validity, clarification, and concrete analysis to the arguments between Socrates and his interlocutors. Their purpose is to characterize and stress the points that Socrates aims to present. Thus, the myths' goal of enhancing and enriching the dialogue makes them indispensable for the preservation...