Foundations of Mythology

Foundations of Mythology

Foundations of Mythology
Initially when I hear the word myth I think about fantasy stories regarding good and evil. Although after reading the text for class this week I have started thinking differently about the word myth. Throughout this essay I intend to define my reasoning for the way I use to think of a myth and how I think of them now.
When I was a child I would play in the woods with my older cousins and they would pick on me and say if I did not listen to them the boogeyman would get me. This would scare me bad enough that I would end up crying and running home to my mother. She would always tell me, “Don’t worry honey there is no such thing as the boogeyman. It’s just a myth dear”. After this I have always thought that a myth is just a lie that people would tell to get children to listen. Now that I am older and have read the information provided this week I feel that myths should be approached with an open mind. Not a naïve one though. My definition of a myth is a fantasy or folktale that is meant to persuade or teach and is based on real events, however; because of the lack of details being record it is embellished. I feel that myths from around the world and different cultures address similar or universal themes because myths somewhat explain the tribulations encountered by mankind and the unknown. I also feel that the majority of cultures have similar, if not the same, beliefs about morality. In my opinion most also believe in a higher power, however; other than that the similarities end.
I do not feel that mythology and religion really intersect. I feel that instead of intersecting they are parallel with just minor variances. Having not read much about mythology my opinion is based mostly on how the Bible describes the miracles and divine power of Jesus. I feel that a great deal of mythology is based upon this. Just like myths, Bible stories are used to teach us about many different...