Foundations of Mythology

Foundations of Mythology
Eric R. Drayton
April 29, 2013
Darren Jones

Foundations of Mythology Short Answers
      • How is the word myth used popularly? For example, what does the statement, “It’s a myth” mean? In contrast, how is the word myth used in the academic context? After considering the definition in your textbooks and course materials, write a definition in your own words.
Myths are ancient narratives that attempt to answer the enduring and fundamental human questions. A myth is also known as an   idealized conception which is a set of often idealized or glamorized ideas and stories surrounding a particular phenomenon, concept, or famous person. When someone says the phrase “it’s a myth”, they are telling you that   it is not a fictional story, it is sort of like a rumor no one really knows if it truly happened or not. In an academic context, a myth is a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.
In my own words a myth is a legendary story or fable told unproven, without all the facts. In some cases it is a story that is told from generation to generation about the history of a culture of people. For some people they would call a myth something that is just made up. For instance, an example of a myth is the story of the leprechaun. Everyone always follow the tradition for St. Patrick’s Day. Like if you don’t wear the color green, that someone is supposed to pinch you. A lot of us actually go around pinching people if they don’t have on the color green. That is one myth that everyone hears, but there is more.
  * Why do myths from different cultures around the world address such similar or universal themes? Think about how myths explain the unknown and the tribulations of mankind.
Myths around the world often...